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What is Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu
Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu is one of the most exciting martial arts styles available. It’s dynamic and full of energy and because Kyushu-Ryu is a traditional Japanese non-tournament martial art and is a street oriented style, its main focus is on technical perfection and realistic self-defence skills rather than tournament accolades.
Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Mission
The mission of the Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Renmei is to raise awareness and preserve the traditional concepts, techniques and values taught by Tadanobu Matsumotto Dionne (Master Jacques Dionne) and past instructors before him and ensure those concepts are never forgotten and always adhered to by member dojos and students.
To increase its membership by adhering to the core values and by providing the best quality instruction possible.
To have a positive impact on the global martial arts community by being a world-class leader by following the core values and by promoting self-esteem, learning, inter-personal development and skills, personal responsibility, social responsibility, health, fitness, and wellness.
To provide a technical group made up of its best students to technically drive the system forward and to provide a fair promotional system for all Kyushu-Ryu members and to be a world-class organization.
Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Core Values
- Self Control
- Self Discipline
- Indomitable Spirit
Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Slide Show of Fun
A Youth Student Punches
Kyushu-Ryu Shield Practice
A Young Sword Master
Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Adult Class Jan 2016
Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Youth Class
Kyushu-Ryu Selfie #kyushu-Ryu
Kyushu-Ryu Selfie #kyushu-Ryu
Fall 2016 Term
Summer 2016 has been an amazing summer for Johanne, but I always look forward to the fall term. This is the term were kids return from the summer break excited, and ready to go. I love watching our returning students to see how tall everyone has gotten during the break. I often wonder who is more excited the kids or me?
The fall also, is one of the three times a year we take new students and I love to see the excited but nervous kids (and adults). They often are worried about the instructors and how hard or tough it might be. I am very proud of the instructor groups, we are not militant nor are we a push over, we have a lot of fun with the kids and we ask the adults to push themselves but not to the point of being hurt. It doesn’t take long before the new students settle in and start their journey on the martial arts path.
I always try to do sword class a couple of times a term. My students for the most part seem to enjoy swinging a bokken or wooden sword whether an adult or child there is just something fun about it. Bokken class offers a different kind of focus from regular training. Distances are different and things change when have a weapon in your hands. I love the moving meditation aspect especially when it comes to partner practice.
At the beginning of bokken class I usually play some Kodo drum music and students lay on their back on matts while I give them an imagery story about being a samurai hundreds of years ago. I have several stories I cycle through all designed to see yourself in a warrior state. The kids love this practice, I have actually had a few adults fall asleep lol.
Sword and children can be a challenge, especially if they are excited as they usually are. Safety is priority but they have a good time.
At some point in a martial artists career whether they are youth or adult, something just clicks. It’s magic really and when “it” clicks, the learning and progress goes through the roof.
The “it” is more mental than physical and anything physical is more effort than talent. “It” is a point when the martial artist pushes through frustration, exhaustion and muscle fatigue. They discover great joy in pushing beyond what was once thought their limit.
I love seeing my students find “it”. As an instructor it’s so rewarding but in the end I can only guide them, it’s up to the student’s self discovery to make things click and find “it”.
Jujitsu is hard enough, add to that years of abuse and an aging body things just don’t work so well or things pain a lot more and injuries seem to take a lot longer to heal.
I suffer from osteo arthritis and its seems even worse with these Nova Scotia winters. You can’t stop a sunrise and there’s only one way to stop aging…. And I don’t see death as an option lol. So I play with the best of my abilities, have fun, stay fit and enjoy the martial arts but even more so enjoy the students especially the kids. My body may be aging but my mind is still young that’s for sure.