The Basis

The Basis Our style has as its basis an attack-defence Martial Art, incorporating an understanding of medical science, anatomy, dynamics and psychology. The underlying style draws directly from Kempo Karate, Kodokan Judo and Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu – the basis of Jishukan-Ryu, founded by Soke Shuho Sugita.

Soke Sugita had an underlying philosophy of San Soku (three fundamental rules) which he identified as essential principles to be learned and practiced through our training, and in everyday life. These three principles are completed with a fourth, which is our Club Motto:

  • Be Courteous To Each Other
  • Study with a True Mind
  • Teach With Kindness
  • Be Master of Yourself


The Details

Concentration, confidence and self-control are developed through the study of the art. Physical fitness, flexibility, co-ordination, and endurance are improved through training. Negative emotions such as fear, anger, and anxiety are controlled through constant practice.

Translated, Jujitsu means ‘gentle art’. It was developed to meet the needs of a constantly warring, feudal society and to give warriors an unarmed system of fighting to combine with, and complement their weapons- based systems on the battlefield.

Jujitsu incorporates methods of offence from Japanese Atemi, or striking techniques, as well as defensive movements. It features an assorted mix of strikes, blocks, evasive manoeuvres, grappling, immobilisation & joint locks, choking and strangulation, application of pressure points, dislocation techniques, throwing & breakfalls.

Emphasis is on defence. A majority of the techniques taught uses the force of the attacker to the defender’s advantage. These defensive strategies aim initially to evade attackers, then to disable and finally to immobilise them.

Classes are conducted in a friendly, semi-formal environment. Instructors donate their time freely and only charge fees to cover the running costs of the clubs. Students are encouraged to develop themselves as individuals, not champions.