Ryū Jujutsu (天神流柔術),
literally meaning "Gentle Art of the Heavenly Divine" has it's
historical roots, classical kata and
training methods dating back
centuries to Japans warring past of the Sengoku period (戦国時代) and can be classified as
a traditional school of jujutsu.
It was founded by Soke Anshu Christa
Jacobson by combining
all of her koryū bujutsu (古流; classical Japanese
warrior arts) and gendai budō
martial arts) training that she experienced during her time as an apprentice.
The koryū (古流) arts such as Taked-ryu, Yagyu
and Daito-ryu as well as the gendai (現代) arts such as American Jujitsu makes up the essence of this art, thus giving the name
"gentle art of the heavenly divine".
Just as in
the Koka-ryu school of Kempo, Soke
to share with her students all of the principals and strategies that was taught
to her from her masters and share that with them. She also wanted a specific method of jujutsu for the Budo Ryu that blends,
flows and connects the other six traditions
of the school together and can adapt in any situation. The Tenjin-ryu
school of jujutsu is the glue that
connects the other traditions together within the Budo Ryu Kai.
Tenjin Ryū is best
known for its jūjutsu,
over which it covers an extensive curriculum. Its unarmed jūjutsu techniques include tehodoki (grip breaking), ukemi
(tumbling), nage-waza (throwing), kensetsu-waza (joint
dislocation), atemi-waza (striking weak points), shime-waza
(choking), ne-waza (ground
techniques) and kappō (resuscitation).
These are combined to form kata for
the various sections of jūjutsu
taught, including torite (capturing and restraining), hade
(attacking vital points unarmed), and kumi uchi (grappling).
the core of jūjutsu, many different
weapons (kobujutsu) are taught. The sword curriculum is divided into three major
sections. (1) Kenjutsu covering basic swordsmanship against a similarly armed
opponent. (2) Saide
grappling with the sword and (3) Iai covering the techniques of rapid
sword drawing and striking. Bojutsu
is central to Tenjin Ryū's study
movement, and as such forms an important part of the curriculum. Bojutsu work addresses various lengths
of staff, in particular the six shaku staff. Other sizes taught include
Ryū is perhaps lesser known
for its other weapons techniques, but it retains a number of weapons for use
both on and off the battlefield. The naginata and kusarigama are
covered, as well as the jutte (truncheon), shuriken (throwing
blades), and the tessen (iron fan).
are 4 primary areas of training in Tenjin-ryu
Jujutsu that the practitioner has to become proficient in; Jujutsu, Kobujutsu, Heiho and the Tenchijin. Each of these sections has its specific place
not just within war, but in the daily life of the samurai.
In the Jujutsu
curriculum there are 4 sections of training.
transmission) consist of San Mon, Kumite Dachi Waza, Kamae,
Taisabaki Waza, Nage Waza, Atemi Waza, Geri Waza, Buke Waza, Kyushojutsu, Kote
Waza, Rensoku Waza, Mamori Waza, Kobu Waza, Chi Kamae, Shime Waza and Kensetsu
(中伝形; inside transmission) information on this level of
training is only for the students of the ryu
and is not open to the public; kuden
Okuden Gata (奥伝形; heart
transmission) information on this level of training is only for the students of
the ryu and is not open to the
public; kuden only.
transmission) information on this level of training is only for the top
students and is not open to the public; kuden
in the Tenjin Ryu school of Jujutsu is understood from the kanji Jujutsu (柔術). "Ju"
can be translated to mean "gentle, supple,
flexible, pliable, or yielding." "Jutsu"
can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and
represents manipulating the opponent's force against himself rather than
confronting it with one's own force.
evolved among the samurai of feudal
Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses
no weapon, or only a short weapon. Because striking against an
armored opponent proved ineffective. Practitioners learned that the most
efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks,
and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an
attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.
of the training of the Tenjin Ryu
is not on "sport"
application, but the raw reality of life and death on the battlefield. These
methods of combat included striking (kicking and punching), throwing (body
throws, joint-lock throws, unbalance throws), restraining (pinning, strangling,
grappling, wrestling) and weaponry. Defensive tactics included blocking,
evading, off-balancing, blending and escaping.
Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson
is also a collector of ancient samurai makimono and densho (scrolls
and manuals) and has hundreds in her personal collection, some of
which are from ancient warrior arts that no longer exist. In the study
of Tenjin Ryu, she regularly displays
and reads these ancient texts to her students so that they can see first hand;
these historical references to the ancient history of the samurai, and reflect these teachings within the understanding of
When searching for information regarding secret societies and old
martial arts schools of training, it is very hard if not impossible to find all
of the information regarding the history of the arts. The information that I
have placed on all of
the seven traditions (ryuha) that are
studied within the Budo Ryu Kai (Koka-ryu Kempo, Tenjin-ryu Jujutsu,
Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu, Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu, Koto-ryu Koppojutsu, Gyokko-ryu
Kosshijutsu & Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu) may be entirely wrong &
inaccurate. The information that I have
listed is the information that I gathered from my teachers, my training and my personal
research of the arts. This historical information
of the seven traditions taught within the Budo Ryu Kai I feel is
correct based on my personal training and research.