The name by which the Jinenkan martial arts are known is Jissen Kobudo which literally means ‘classical martial arts for real combat’ and it is used as an umbrella term to refer to the seven distinct martial arts traditions (Ryuha) that we practice.
The arts which make up Jissen Kobudo as it is studied in the Jinenkan encompass a wide range of traditional Japanese fighting arts from the relatively well-known art of Ju Jutsu to more obscure arts such as Koshi Jutsu and Koppo Jutsu.
The actual names of the seven arts are :
• Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
• Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu
• Koto Ryu Koppojutsu
• Togakure Ryu Ninpo taijutsu
• Kukishin Ryu Happo Biken
• Shinden Fudo Ryu Jutaijutsu and Dakentaijutsu
• Jinen Ryu
The bulk of our training involves unarmed techniques or Tai Jutsu (literally “body methods”). These techniques include striking techniques such as punches, kicks and strikes with other parts of the body and grappling techniques which include methods of applying joint-locks, throws and strangulation techniques as well as methods of escaping from holds.
In addition to these unarmed techniques, there are also many weapons techniques found within the arts which we study. Among the most commonly practised are those of Biken jutsu (sword), Tanto jutsu(knife techniques), Bo jutsu (Stick weapons of various lengths), Jutte jutsu (metal truncheon), Kusarifundo jutsu (weighted chain) and Naginatajutsu (halberd).
There are many reasons why one would choose to study these arts and as we are all individuals, it is natural that we would have different motivations for pursuing these arts. The main purpose behind the arts is the same as it has always been i.e. self-protection and so the most obvious benefit would be the confidence which comes from training in a system of self-defence. Another obvious benefit is an increased level of personal fitness which comes about through the practice of training exercises.
Another reason for training in authentic martial arts is the self-development which comes about from gaining a working knowledge of one’s own personal powers and limitations. Depending upon their motivation, some people may find that the simple fact of learning a traditional Japanese art form is reason enough to take part in training.