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Moto-ha Yoshin Ryu JuJutsu.

Is a branch (ha) of the Hontai Yoshin Ryu School (born in the 17th century in Japan) founded by Akiyoshi
Yasumoto Sensei ( Menkyo Kaiden Hontai of Yoshin Ryu ) to keep alive the teachings of Minaki Saburoji
Sensei ( 17th Soke of the School ) and Ichizu Kanazawa Sensei ( Menkyo Kaiden ) . The Moto-ha Yoshin
Ryu’s thecnical curriculum  includes several areas:

- Ju Jutsu (Unarmed combat)

- Hambo Jutsu (Combat with Hambo, a 90cm stick)

- Tanto Dori (Disarmament techniques of dagger-armed opponents)

- Moto Iai Fudoshin (Rapid extraction of the sword techniques)



The Ju Jutsu is the most important part of the School and is based on six pillars:

- Gyaku (Joint locks)

- Nage (Projections)

- Ate (Percussion)

- Toritsuke (Ligaments)

- Kuatsu (Reanimation)

In this ancient School of Ju Jutsu basic techniques are taught according to the traditional system, that is,
through the Kata: formal , presorted and coded exercises of attack and defense (although this description
is simplistic at least).

In fact, the deeper meaning of the teaching method of Kata is to teach through structured exercises the
principles which are the basis of all the techniques and allow to deflect and redirect the opponent’s attacks:
the hand-eye coordination , imbalance (kuzushi) and the movement of the body (Tai Sabaki). Without these
three fundamentals Jujutsu simply doesn’t exist.

The practice of Moto-ha Yoshin Ryu helps to develop the fighting spirit and to make effective use of its
strength because, if a fighter counted only on it, it could be easily defeated by a stronger opponent.
Learning to use force only when it is needed and to use the whole body to bring the techniques, then even a
weaker fighter may defeat a stronger opponent. This is the Spirit of the willow, bending under the weight of
snow to let it fall to the ground and recover.

Soke Yasumoto states that the base of the Moto-ha Yoshin Ryu discipline is in these simple rules :

1° Eyes: Keep eye contact with the opponent
2° Speed: Move like the wind
3° Courage: Use the spirit of the fighter
4° Strength: Use the force effectively

With a proper training in the Kata, the student learns these simple rules and read the body language of the
opponent, to comply instinctively to his attack to upset their balance while maintaining his own. Although the
Kata includes many effective techniques, it is actually the skill of the practitioner that makes effective in
real application the principles learned.

 
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