Little known and often misunderstood outside Japan, Hakkoryu is a Jujutsu system which uses the body’s Keiraku (meridian system) to create varying amounts of pain to control an attacker without necessarily causing serious injury. Japanese and traditional Oriental medicine teaches that “Ki”, one of the non-physical aspects of life, flows through Keiraku in the body. Certain Tsubo (special points) along the Keiraku are sensitive to touching or striking and cause sharp distracting pain, but do not necessarily damage bones, joints, or other body tissue. These are the focal points of Hakkoryu techniques that a trained exponent uses to distract, dispatch, or arrest an attacker. Because of the non-injurious potential of these techniques, Hakkoryu is said to be humanitarian in nature.
The primary means of instruction in Hakkoryu is through Kata (choreographed combat sequences) in which the principles of Shodai Soke’s system are introduced. A thorough grounding in Omote (surface techniques) is required of all ryu disciples. There are four basic Kata: Shodan (first degree), Nidan (second degree), Sandan (third degree), and Yondan (fourth degree), which also correspond with the black belt level a disciple holds. There are no higher Dan ranks regularly awarded in Hakkoryu, other than a Godan (fifth degree) which may be awarded in special cases, or higher degrees at the discretion of the Soke only. Each Kata contains numerous Kihon Waza (basic techniques) which must be mastered and thoroughly understood. These Kata embody the wisdom and experience of Shodai Soke and are to be handed down as they are, without change to the core principles, to successive generations. Mastering the Omote is not to be rushed, for inevitably the resulting damage will make itself evident. The essence of Hakkoryu techniques will remain elusive to those who have not undergone prolonged study of the basics under a certified Shihan.
Our friendly classes ln Hakkoryu Jujutsu are open to adults male or female over the age of 16 there is no upper limit as Hakkoryu is enjoyed by all ages old and young, the classes are designed to suit those individuals that intend to commit the neccessary time to train regularly.
Classes last one and a half to two hours.
We welcome new members to our friendly Dojo at anytime, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced martial artist you will find that we offer highly professional top level instruction.
All students must be registered at the Hakkoryu Hombu, Omiya, Japan.
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Hakkoryu kotokukan dojo
St Mary Magdalens Church Hall,
Ipswich, Suffolk. IP16JS
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Latest news from the Hombu.
The Osameshiki official yearly ending ceremony ended with Nidai Soke presenting one time only to five of the oldest Sandaikichu shihan the rank of Judan Shihan 10th Degree. Shodai Okuyama before his death wrote a letter to his Son now Nidai Soke Toshio Okuyama. The letter mention the following "it is my intentions to promote 5 Shihan whom I taught during my time as Shodai founder of Hakkoryu Jujutsu which I started in 1941 in Omiya Japan." Shodai instructed his Son to "bestow this rank to those living Shihan this prestige rank based on Tenure, Loyalty, Ability and Knowledge of the Okuden and secret training I have given these selected individuals, with the ability of Koho Shiatsu Igaku and there overall dedication to my legacy." The individual were 5, four Japanese with a total years of training equaling 323 years of experience and the last shihan and American who started his Hakkoryu Career with Hakkoryu Shihan Michael DePasquale also Soke of the Yoshitsune System and started his path to Hakkoryu with Shodai in Feb of 1972 while station at Misawa Air Base Japan. His years of Hakkoryu study total 52 years, with the five below mentioned is 375 years of experience.
Sandaikichu Judan Shihan 10th Degree Master Instructors:
1. Dr. Obitsu Ryouichi Judan Shihan (not present)
2. Matsumoto Sozan Judan Shihan
3. Mochizuki Yoshihisa Judan Shihan
4. Yazawa Sadanori Judan Shihan
5. Joseph Miller Judan Shihan
Congratulations to these teachers of teachers!