Kenshindoryu Jujitsu has changed substantially since the 'style' was formed back in 1993. Originally named 'Zen Jutsu' in deference to the late Shihan Dominick McCarthy-8th Dan, Founder of Zen Judo and Kenshindoryu Nippon Budo Kyokai inaugural President, the official name was changed in 1995 after his death.
The description ‘Jujitsu Kempo’ made clear the increased focus on striking techniques, sometimes lacking in modern Jujitsu, while inclusion of pressure and vital-point 'technique enhancements’ have served to improve the control and ‘pain compliance’ element of techniques – in particular those borrowed from Small Circle Jujitsu.
Kenshindoryu Jujitsu Kempo is an eclectic style and the current syllabus draws on tried and tested principles & techniques from Wadoryu Karate, Zen Judo, Shindo Yoshinryu Koryu Jujitsu, Ryukyu Kempo and Professor Wally Jay’s Small Circle Jujitsu*
The syllabus retains a ‘traditional’ nature incorporating kihon (basic techniques) covering striking & kicking, grappling & throws, locks & strangles, groundwork and pressure-points, with a combination of established and unique kata (forms) which reinforce the principles of throwing, reflexive defence, groundwork and conclusive techniques.
Kumite (freefighting) plays a large part in an art which can, at times, appear to border on the brutal, but a range of fighting activities allow members to take on as much, or as little, pressure as they wish; from simple throwing randori, through Tachiwaza (standing fighting) and submission groundwork, to Bushidokai freefighting in which full-contact strikes to the body are permitted along with ‘streetfighting’ techniques such as gouging and biting.
That said, techniques are introduced in a controlled and safe way throughout a syllabus designed to be followed all the way through to 3rd Dan, to produce a rounded comprehensive fighting ability.
*See ‘Small Circle Jujitsu’ by Prof Wally Jay. ISBN 0-89750-122-5
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