Footage from 2017 Shoshin Ryu National Demos
Shoshin Ryu Martial Arts
Shoshin Ryu is a Japanese based system of martial arts. It is both bujutsu (a school emphasizing effective martial arts techniques ) and budo (a school emphasizing personal character development). While nearly every martial art lists itself as either budo, bujutsu or modern budo (modern sports school), Shoshin has found that certain skills gained from bujutsu and budo complement and enhance the skills of each other. In some Budo systems, skills gained no longer have any martial reality. Keeping the bujutsu aspect in place and alive allows the individual appropriate feedback with a technique. You either blocked the punch or you got hit. Keeping the budo aspect alive aids in keeping the practitioner from being simply a fighter. It moves the student toward one who is skilled in martial arts with one who seeks harmony in life.
Shoshin Ryu, therefore, is a classical art incorporating traditional methods of martial training while bridging that emphasis with current applications, science and strategies for dealing with real world self defense today. Shoshin Ryu places a strong emphasis on instilling and improving personal excellence within each practitioner.
There are five primary parts or fingers that together form the art of Shoshin Ryu:
- Atemi Waza (Blocks, Kicks, Strikes)
- Jujutsu (Throwing, Choking, Joint Locks, Pins, and Blending Skills)
- Ne Waza (Ground Skills, Strikes, Joint Locks, Pins, Jujutsu)
- Kata (One and Two Person Forms; Bunkai Applications)
- Buki (Weapons: Tonfa, Jo, Bo, Nitan Bo, Knife, Cane, and Iai)
Each element comes together to build a versatile and well-rounded martial artist. The core self-defense is derived from this base with a focus on practical and realistic self defense situations.
“WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEREFORE, IS NOT AN ACT, BUT A HABIT”