About Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu
Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu has been training at their current location, the Humphrey Park Community Centre in Urmston, Manchester since early 2002, and are currently (as of January 2016) members of Kyusho Jitsu Europe under Shihan John Duggan (Shichidan) – an old friend of Sensei Courts from his days with the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Union.
The dojo is run by Sensei Court (Yondan), with regular visits from Shihan Court (I.K.J.J.U.) when he is in the area.
Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu is a non-profit club, as Sensei Court has a full time job and does not teach Martial Arts full time or run the dojo as a business, the aim is to provide quality martial arts instruction and pass on the knowledge that he has gained over the years to ensure its continuation. 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.
What is Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu?
Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu is a system 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 Sensei Court has included techniques from Kempo Ju-Jitsu, Wado Ryu Karate, Aikido, and Fung-Shao Kung Fu, learnt from a lifetime of study in the martial arts under Shihan Court of the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Union, along with knowledge gained from training under other Sensei in systems such as Welsh Contact Karate, and Goshin Kai Aikido and his current training in Dacayana Eskrima under UK and European Director Marcie Harding. To the Kempo Ju-Jitsu striking techniques have been added the fast and effective striking techniques of both Shotokan and Wado Ryu Karate, the soft open handed techniques of Fung-Shao, and various hand drills acquired from his Eskrima training to produce a well-rounded martial system that gives Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu students the ability to defend themselves at long, mid, and close range, making it a highly effective system.
There is something to suit almost anyone in Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu, regardless of age, sex, or prior martial arts background, the system covers striking and blocking, locking and throwing, grappling, self-defence, weapons defences, and weapons use. We also encourage and welcome cross training with other systems, and enjoy the opportunity to experience and learn new or different techniques that will help us to positively expand our knowledge.
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.