Motoha Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu 


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Southern England Yoshinkan Branch Dojo  英国南部揚心館支部道場   

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 History

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 later switched to 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 to the Southern England Yoshinkan Branch Dojo  英国南部揚心館支部道

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

Guy Preston

Yondan -  - 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.

In 2018 Guy published his first book, Ju No Seigo, an introduction to Japanese Jujutsu.


Deshi  弟子

Those listed below are members of our dojo, in good standing