About Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu
Our Kempo Ju-Jitsu Class is split into two age ranged: we have a class for individuals from ages 12 to 16yrs - this is geared towards personal defensive tactics and some history and philiosophy. The second is for individuals 16yrs+ and covers some of the more traditional and potentially more severe aspects of the art originally designed for use on the battlefield by the Japanese Warriors.
Kempo Ju-jitsu is a Japanese Samurai Martial Art, developed and refined as a battlefield system of combat by the Samurai warriors of Japan, it includes weapon training (such as Bokken, Jo staff, Bo staff and Knife) along with empty hand striking and grappling. Ju-Jitsu itself has been known by many names over the centuries; such as, Yawara, Kempo, Hakuda, Tai-Jitsu, Kogusoku, Jujutsu, Jiu-Jutsu, and Ju-Jitsu, to name a few.
Making use of anatomical knowledge and the principle of leverage, Kempo Ju-Jitsu uses your opponent’s own strength and weight against them. In this system Kempo translates as ‘Killing Fist / Fist Law’, ‘Ju’ in Japanese means to “obey, submit to, yield, give way” whilst ‘Jitsu’ means “art, way, or science”. So Kempo Ju-Jitsu is the yielding way of the killing fist, usually referred to by its practitioners as ‘sophisticated dirty fighting’ it is designed to incapacitate an opponent and destroy their ability to launch further attacks upon your person.
Kempo Ju-Jitsu, like many Asian martial arts is made up of both physical and mental skills, seeking to promote the wellbeing of the Kempo Ju-Jitsuka (a student of Kempo Ju-Jitsu). Kempo Ju-Jitsu practice aims to teach the student self-control, discipline, self-confidence, compassion, responsibility, and respect for others.
Because there is practically no age barrier, students of Kempo Ju-Jitsu range from eight to eighty, and since technique is emphasized over strength or weight students can be adults, or children, male or female. The degree of physical effort involved in performing the techniques varies from person to person, with younger Kempo Ju-Jitsuka tending to exploit their natural physical resources in explosive displays of technique, while older, more experienced Kempo Ju-Jitsuka tend to appear more sedate, relying on their skill and timing to perform the techniques.
However as with any type of physical training in the martial arts Kempo Ju-Jitsu techniques do carry the potential risk of injury for those who practice the art, although the Sensei do everything in their power to ensure the risk is kept to a minimum.
Kempo Ju-Jitsu has also been one of the most prolific martial arts, in terms of giving birth to a number of other systems, such as Judo and Aikido, and many special forces and armed forces around the world utilize Kempo Ju-Jitsu as a basis for their own combat system training.
What is Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu?
Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu has been training in South Manchester since February 2002, the dojo is run by RenshiCourt (Yondan), with regular visits from Shihan Court (Head of the I.K.J.J.U.) when he is in the area.
Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu is not merely interested in training and grading students to Black Belts, we are looking to train and inspire the next generation of Kempo Ju-Jitsu Instructors and Sensei in order to help preserve and improve both Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu and the art of Kempo Ju-Jitsu as a whole.
It is a style of Kempo Ju-Jitsu that has been developed around a core syllabus of Kempo Ju-Jitsu techniques that Sensei Court learnt through many years training under Shihan Dave Vincent during his time with the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Union. Shihan Vincent studied the Yagyu Shingan Ryu system of Kempo Ju-Jitsu whilst stationed in Japan for many years with the Royal Navy. Shihan Vincent brought his Kempo Ju-Jitsu knowledge back to the UK where he began teaching it combined with other martial arts he had also studied, (such as Karate), and eventually created the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Union (I.K.J.J.U.).
To this Renshi Court has included techniques from Kempo Ju-Jitsu, Wado Ryu Karate, Aikido, FMA and Fung-Shao, to produce a well-rounded and highly effective martial style that gives Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu students the ability to defend themselves at long, mid, and close range.
As with any type of physical activity and training Kempo Ju-Jitsu techniques carry the potential risk of injury to those who practice the art, however the Sensei do everything possible to ensure that such risks are kept to a minimum, whilst still ensuring that the techniques taught remain effective.