We are a small Dojo located in Farnham, Surrey, practicing Motoha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu, a Koryu, or classic form of Japanese Martial Arts, under the guidance of our Soke, Yasumoto Akiyoshi.
We have a friendly, no nonsense approach to training, with the view that everyone is on their own personal journey within the art.
Training is conducted safely in a traditional manner, suitable for anyone, from beginners right through to experienced martial artists.
Our focus is not on sport martial arts, or flashy moves, and our attitude towards self defence is quite different to many other organisations.
In our Dojo you will find a serious and common sense approach to actual fighting. Our aim is to give students real life skills (physical and mental) which will enable them to handle themselves in violent, potentially life threatening situations.
The same skills used by Samurai for generations to stay alive in a culture where death and killing was an accepted way of life, on and off the battlefield.
We hold classes for both adults and children.
Training is also available with Yasumoto Soke a few times yearly, across the UK, Europe, and also in Japan.
We also hold regular training workshops with the UK Branch Head, Andy McCormack.
Our Dojo was opened by Guy Preston in 2012, with training in the Dojo focused mainly on the following lines passed to Tanemura Shoto via Takamatsu Toshitsugu and Sato Kinbei; Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryu (本體高木揚心流) Asayama Ichiden Ryu (浅山一伝流) and Shinden Fudo Ryu (神伝不動流)
The original name, Ninniku Dojo (忍辱道場) was given by Tanemura Sensei 2 years earlier in 2010 when Guy received license to teach the Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei (KJJR) system, with the kanji for Ninniku (忍辱) taken from a poem written by the late Takamatsu Toshitsugu, Ninniku Seishin (Spirit of Perseverance)
We then found Motoha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu (本派揚心流柔術) a different line of the Hontai Yoshin Ryu, Takagi Ryu lineage to that mentioned above, and began training under the guidance of Soke, Yasumoto Akiyoshi.
Soke also renamed the dojo, Eikoku Nanbu Yoshinkan Shibu Dojo (英国南部揚心館支部道場) meaning Southern England Yoshinkan Branch Dojo.
This name giving was commemorated with Soke giving a handwritten 'Fudoshin' Hata (Flag) and Udon (Wood block print) for the Dojo (pictured)
In 2016 we were then fortunate enough to host the Motoha Yoshin Ryu UK Taikai, with attendees from the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and of course Soke from Japan.
In addition to this, Soke visited our Dojo for both our Adult and Children's classes, for more personal regular training with our students.
We are very lucky to have an authentic source for our Budo, in Motoha Yoshin Ryu we have multiple opportunities to learn from Soke across Europe and the UK each year, as well as being able to visit his Dojo in Japan. Soke also visits local branches while travelling, and has even visited our small dojo in Farnham, photos are available in our gallery.
Our aim is to pass on this authentic traditional Japanese Martial Art, in a safe and friendly training environment
We have classes for both adults and children
All who come with the correct spirit are welcome to train with us.
Dojo Cho (道場長) Dojo Head
Yondan - 四 段 - Chuden no Maki
(Pictured with Soke, Yasumoto Akiyoshi)
Guy began training in martial arts at the age of 8 with Judo, but with the popularity of Kung Fu movies in the 1980's he soon began learning Lau Gar Kung Fu under Kevin Brewerton, who was well known as a World Champion Kick Boxer of the time.
As a young adult Guy then practiced a modern style of Goshinjutsu under the late founder of the system Mike Johnson, as well as Wing Chun Kung Fu under Dave Fenton of
MYS Wing Chun Academy.
Guy also spent time in Northern China in 2007 studying Shaolin Lohan Fist and Sanda Boxing under Du Sifu (Shaolin Name: Shi Xing Heng, 34th Generation Shaolin Monk) along with Tai Chi and Qi Gong under Su Sifu (Shaolin Name: Shi Xing Qing, 32nd Generation Shaolin Monk)
Looking for something more authentic in his Japanese martial arts training Guy began studying the Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei (KJJR) system, including their Koryu schools such as Hontai Takagi Yoshin Ryu and Asayama Ichiden Ryu, as well as their Kenjutsu and Bojutsu systems, and in 2010 he was given teaching license in the system by Tanemura Shoto Sensei.
Guy then discovered Motoha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu and Yasumoto Akiyoshi Soke via Andy McCormack, UK Shibu-Cho, and felt a personal connection with the fighting style stronger than in anything learned or practiced previously.
He now holds the rank of Yondan, Chuden no Maki (Scroll of Transmission) awarded by Yasumoto Soke, and is Dojo Cho of the Southern England Yoshinkan Branch Dojo.
Training in this authentic Koryu highlighted to Guy large gaps in his previous weapons training, in particular his Kenjutsu, so he began the study of Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido/Kenjutsu in addition to his Jujutsu training.
Those listed below are members of our dojo, in good standing
Pictured: Fudoshin (不動心) Immovable Spirit, handwritten by Yasumoto Soke
Training in these martial arts encompasses far more than just physical techniques, equal importance, if not more, is attributed to training your mind.
Fudoshin (不動心) Immovable Spirit)
Zanshin (残心) Remaining Mind
Mushin (無心) No Mind
These important points are often overlooked in favour of technique in modern martial art practice, however as this is a martial art designed for real fighting, our belief is that in the event you find yourself in a potentially violent encounter, it is your mindset that will determine the outcome, and how you deal with a situation that may be extremely traumatic for you psychologically. Not how many techniques or kata you know.
'Soft on the outside, hard on the inside'
Ishiya Takeo Masatsugu, 14th Soke of Hontai Yoshin Ryu, Takagi Ryu
Guy and some of his students also study the Swordsmanship of Muso Shinden Ryu* (夢想神伝流) this includes both Iaido and Kenjutsu, and is sometimes practiced within the Dojo as well as regular training sessions with a qualified instructor, while other students of the Dojo belong to alternative schools of Swordsmanship which are practiced separately.
We believe that weapons training is essential to the development of Jujutsu skill and understanding, going back to where Jujutsu came from and the dangers it was designed to tackle. In addition, Samurai who practiced Jujutsu would also have carried swords, therefore much of the movement and correct posture for Jujutsu becomes clearer when working with weapons, especially the Nihonto (Japanese Sword)
Many Dojo include an element of weapons training in their syllabus, particularly Kenjutsu, however as weapons are not their main focus, and often no formal training has been undertaken, the skill level and understanding of instructors and students can be very low in comparison to members of dedicated sword schools, with even the most fundemental points such as how to stand or hold the sword correctly missing, let alone the ability to use the sword or cut correctly.
For this reason it has generally been customary for students of this Jujutsu lineage to practice a sword school in addition to their Jujutsu training. The 18th Soke of Hontai Yoshin Ryu, Inoue Munetoshi, for example was an avid practitioner of Toyama Ryu Iaido, and used his experience to introduce Iaido Kata into the Hontai Yoshin Ryu syllabus during the 1980's. Yasumoto Soke himself was a student of Nakagawa Shiryo Shinichi, Soke of Mugai Ryu Iaido, and holds the grade of 6th Dan.
*Muso Shinden Ryu, originated from an earlier school of Iaijutsu/Kenjutsu called Hasegawa Eishin-ryu. At the end of the 18th century, Hasegawa Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu became split into two branches, Nakayama Hakudo (a master swordsman of the time) inherited one of these branches and using his high level of skill and experience, including that of other schools, made subtle changes to the style to produce what is now known as Muso Shinden Ryu.
Ranking in Motoha Yoshin Ryu follows both the modern belt style system, while also maintaining the traditional method of conferring rank via special menkyo (licenses) or makimono (scrolls)
Please note, only Soke can award Dan Grades, Menkyo or Densho/Makimono
Officially there are no Kyu grades or coloured belts in Motoha Yoshin Ryu.
A white belt is worn until Shodan, when it is changed for a black belt.
Individual countries may however choose to use a coloured belt system if they feel it is beneficial to students.
This can also allow Soke to differentiate between complete beginners and those approaching Shodan level when he visits.
This is the first black belt grade, where Soke officially accepts you as a student of Motoha Yoshin Ryu.
Unlike many schools, this is not a teaching grade, but signifies that you have a firm grasp of the basics and are ready to begin learning the higher level skills of the school.
This is a license giving permission to teach, although not a full teaching license. This allows a student to teach under the supervision of the Dojo Sensei, or Branch Head, or to take class when they are absent, a student will usually have reached at least Nidan before this will be given.
Densho / Makimono
These are regarded as 'inner circle' ranks, presented by Soke to students that have reached the required level and show good character holding his trust.
These licenses and ranking take precedence over the above Dan grade system.
Shoden no Maki
First transmission scroll, this is the first official teaching license, a student will usually have reached at least Sandan to receive this scroll.
Chuden no Maki
Middle level transmission scroll
Okuden no Maki
Higher level transmission scroll
License of full mastery, and permission to form your own branch of the school independently.