What Can We Teach You?
At the Jinenkan Inazuma Dojo we provide training in one of the world’s oldest and most effective martial arts, commonly referred to as Kobudo, or “classical Japanese martial art”. The training practiced at our dojo focuses on developing the vital foundations of a good martial artist: physical fitness, mental acuity, spiritual toughness, and an understanding of one’s abilities.
Who is Kobudo Good For?
Unlike many martial arts that rely on mostly on physical strength and speed, kobudo focuses in equal parts on the understanding and importance of timing, distance and strategy, as well as physical and mental conditioning. Kobudo can be effectively practiced by the largest man as well as by the smallest woman and is as relevant and effective todayfor all types of people as it was centuries ago.
We train in several schools (ryu-ha) of kobudo, including several ancient samurai martial traditions. This is not a “sport” art. We do not participate in tournaments or other competitive activities. We train to prepare ourselves for real-world conflicts of all kinds, with the intent of improving ourselves and the world around us.
Kobudo is the root of all modern Japanese arts and includes the original forms of techniques found in judo, sumo, jujutsu, kendo and many other sport-oriented arts. It encompasses many different types unarmed fighting skills (taijutsu), as well as a variety of armed forms of combat, including knife fighting (tantojutsu); sword arts (bikenjutsu and nitojutsu); 3, 4, and six foot staff (hanbojutsu, jojutsu and rokushakubojutsu); throwing weapons (shurikenjutsu); and other classical Japanese arms.
Fumio Manaka Sensei:
The Jissen Kobudo Jinenkan:
Literally translated, Jissen Kobudo Jinenkan means “real fighting, classical martial arts, hall of nature”. Less formally, it is known as the “Jinenkan”. The purpose of the organization is to allow students to study the martial arts of old Japan under the guidance of Unsui Sensei. The word “Jinenkan” was chosen by Sensei because his belief that there is no movement superior to that found in nature. He feels that one must aspire to become like
nature, by being soft and forgiving like a reed in the wind or hard and resistant like a mountain, when the situation is appropriate.
Japanese martial arts are traditionally taught in schools, or Ryu, that are organized by the type of combat they include. The Jinenkan studies several different Ryu-ha, including:
Koto-ryu koppojutsu (bone breaking/striking techniques)
Gyokko-ryu koshijutsu (soft tissue striking techniques)
Togakure-ryu nin-po (stealth and other techniques)
Kukishin-ryu dakentaijutsu (striking techniques)
Kukishin-ryu happo biken (sword and staff techniques)
Shinden fudo-ryu dakentaijutsu / jutaijutsu (striking and grappling techniques)
Takagi yoshin-ryu jutaijutsu (grappling techniques)
Jinen-ryu jissen kobudo (a collection of 6 separate weapon systems)
What is Jinen Ryu?
Jinen Ryu is a martial arts school created by Unsui Sensei based upon his many years of training and studying weapon-based martial arts. It contains a full curriculum for the following weapons:
Nito (two swords used at once)
Tessen (iron war fan)
Kusarifundo (weighted chain)
What does “Inazuma” mean?
Literally translated it means “lightning”. Inazuma is the name of the 2nd kata in the sui no maki of the Jinen Ryu Bikenjustu densho. This name was chosen to honor Sensei, and because it is one of Mr. London’s favorite kata.
How old do I have to be to train?
You must be a minimum of 15 years old in order to study at the Jinenkan Inazuma Dojo. Exceptions to the minimum age limit may be granted at the discretion of the Dojo-cho for parent-child pairs planning to train together. Minors under 18 must have a signed permission letter from a parent or guardian.