Koryu JuJutsu Division (Australian JuJitsu Association)
The following is a brief introduction to the Australian Ju Jitsu Association Koryu Jujutsu Division as well as some helpful information for the reader regarding the koryu and Japanese martial art of jujutsu. It is intended for AJJA members only. Koryu jujutsu is an old/ancient Japanese method (traditional) of close combat, regardless of one being armoured or unarmoured, either unarmed or employing minor weapons that can be used in defensive or offensive ways to subdue or kill one or more armed or unarmed opponents.
The budo of judo (Kodokan) founded in the 1880s, aikido (Aiki kai) founded in the 1930s and some schools of karatedo (Wado ryu, Shindo Jinen ryu) have specific foundations in some of the older schools of Koryu jujutsu.
On the other hand, the more accessible, and modern non-traditional jujutsu schools, organisations and their affiliates around the world with their specific styles of jujutsu (European, North American, South American, and Australasia, UK etc.) have in all probability lost their koryu jujutsu link from the past, and today have their Jujutsu foundations and syllabus in various derivative modern styles of judo, aikido and even karatedo. The Australian Ju Jitsu Association committee is keen to maintain those important links with the Koryu.
Unfortunately there are very few old schools of Koryu jujutsu in existence today in Japan and even fewer outside Japan. There are a small number of authorised schools in Australia that have existed only for a few decades, to name a few Daito ryu, Hontai Yoshin ryu, Sosuishiryu, Sugino ha Katori Shinto ryu, Tatsumi ryu, Tenjin Shinyo ryu and Yagyu Shingan ryu which are recognised by the Japanese authorities with some also included as intangible cultural treasures in Japan. The Japanese authorities acknowledge in Japan some 100 national koryu styles of which several include jujutsu.
To find an accredited teacher in Australia through the Japanese establishments is quite simple. A detailed catalogue of names and respective Koryu jujutsu ryuha’s of those accredited Australian teachers is on record with the authorities in Japan. Enquiries may be made with the respective ryuha through the Australian Ju Jutsu Association Koryu Jujutsu Division. It is appreciated that membership into a koryu jujutsu ryuha is not a simple task, however we welcome inquires and prospective new members who meet the Australian Ju Jutsu Association Koryu Jujutsu Division criteria.
We are keen to receive inquiries from those accredited in other koryu arts including Kenjutsu, Battojutsu, and Hojutsu etc. Koryu member traditions to the Australian Ju Jutsu Association at this time include Yagyu Shingan ryu and Daito ryu ‘Takumakai’.
Please direct all koryu jujutsu enquiries to:
Australian Ju Jitsu Association – Koryu Jujutsu Division
0419 195 397
The Author Mike Brady is a member of the Australian Ju Jutsu Association Koryu Jujutsu Division and has been studying the koryu since 1998. He is accredited with the kirigami licence. Special thanks to the following for information & photographs provided. Nihon Bujutsu Shiryokan (Goshu kai), Australian Koryu Bujutsu Fraternity & the Yagyu Shingan ryu ‘Goshu Chikuosha’. No portion of this article including this paragraph may be reproduced or edited in any form or by any means, without prior written permission of the Author 2015. Photos used with permission of the photographers. The material contained in this article represents the Australian Ju Jitsu Association Koryu Jujutsu Division copyright and is meant for your general use and information. All other rights are reserved. © V3