v2.30 (1/2016)

Copyright (C) 1999 by A. Yiannakis


Video Clips Of Selected Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu Techniques


  • Meaning of Wa Shin Ryu

  • Founder's Lineage and Origins of System

  • Chart of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu System

    of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu (see revised and updated version in forthcoming book)

    Time in Rank/Promotion Schedule

    Sources of Power Generation In Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

  • What is an Uchideshi in Wa Shin Ryu?
  • Criteria for Awarding a Teaching License (Menkyo)

  • For black belts (especially Nidan and higher) rank in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu is an indicator that reflects accomplishment, development and understandings in SIX key areas. These are:
      (I) Commitment and dedication to the system
      (II) Technical Expertise or the ability to demonstrate/execute technique at a level approriate to the rank in question

      (III) Depth of Technical and Theoretical Knowledge (technical principles and theory of technique execution) (e.g., history, philosophy, etc.)

      (IV) Contributions to the Art through teaching, giving seminars/workshops, research, publications and presentations, service and club leadership

      (V) Psychological Growth (Perfection of Character), Martial Maturity and the Development of Ki Power as reflected in the degree to which the jujutsuka adheres to the Universal Guiding Principles of the System, the development of inner strength, the ability to use multiple sources of power effectively (especially Ki Power), and the demonstration of control, discipline, responsibility and loyalty to one's sensei.

      (a) Martial Maturity

      An extremely important concept in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu, especially because the techniques we learn and practice are often dangerous and require the development of high levels of self control. When used irresponsibly such techniques/skills can cause severe injury, or death, and can bring shame to the system and its Sensei. In promoting students, therefore, Martial Maturity is an important criterion that helps examiners determine whether a candidate is ready for a higher rank. This is one reason, for example, why one may not be promoted to black belt before the age of 18, at the very least.

      Martial Maturity may be demonstrated in some (among others) of the following ways:

      1. Candidate practices "partner safety" when engaging in randori, or simply training with others
      2. Candidates shows concern for the safety and welfare of lower ranks
      3. Candidate always keeps his word
      4. Candidate adheres to the system's health and hygiene practices and keeps his/her gi clean at all times
      5. Candidate shows proper respect to other students, his/her superiors, and the dojo
      6. Candidate adheres to proper dojo practices (always wears zori from the dressing room to the edge of the mat, bows before stepping on and off the mat, and the like)
      7. Candidate demonstrates a positive learning attitude, accepts criticism gracefully and always thanks the higher ranks who take time out to help him/her
      8. Candidate demonstrates a level of humility in and out of the dojo regardless of how brilliant or powerful he/she may be
      9. Candidate does not engage in the practice of making excuses for continually coming late to class, for failing to help with the mats, and for continually demonstrating behaviors that reflect poorly on himself/herself and the system. In addition, complainers and whiners should not be tolerated.
      10. A major aspect of Martial Maturity is demonstrated by a student's willingness to learn from his/her sensei and the higher ranks and modify his/her behavior and attitude accordingly. One clear type of immaturity is the "beginner know-it-all" or the student who feels he/she must prove himself and persists in engaging in aggressive sparring behaviors (e.g., that may injure or hurt other students) that are clearly incompatible with the best teachings and higher goals of the system. Such individuals do not belong in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu.

      (b) Giri (system of duties and obligations)

      In most traditional martial arts duties and obligations characterize what black belt holders should know and demonstrate. Upon crossing the threshold from mudansha to yudansha a student enters a completely different world; a world characterized by a mixture of power and privilege, as well as a world characterized by duties, obligations and responsibilities. Most can't handle, or are unable to balance the pressures and demands from family, work, school, relationships, and the like, and as a result can't function properly in their status as black belt holders. These invariably drop out. The few that do make it, especially in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu, are super gifted individuals who are characterized by high levels of self discipline, focus, determination, achievements/accomplishments in multiple areas of life, and above all, who possess a sense of honor. An attribute that is often viewed by uninformed outsiders as anachronistic in a world of hedonism, materialism and opportunism.

      Some Examples of GIRI

      1. Always support your sensei, as needed 2. Help lower ranks and other students without waiting to be asked
      3. Arrive at the dojo a little early and leave a little later
      4. Demonstrate proactive behavior; volunteer without being asked
      5. Provide leadership
      6. Always behave in ways that set an example for others to emulate
      7. Willingly serve on committees, when necessary
      8. Help the club to promote activities, lectures or special events
      9. Offer to teach as often as possible; start your own class when possible
      10. Put in extra workouts and encourage others to join you
      11. Look for ways to help the system grow and develop and help put initiatives, advertising, and the like, into practice

      (VI) Strong Offensive/Defensive Skills. Candidate must be able to hold his/her own in randori against individuals of equivalent rank

      There is no question that the few that make it into the black belt ranks in traditional systems, and especially in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu, are special, gifted and talented, and as a result of their superior martial arts training they can succeed in almost anything they put their mind to. It is not surprising, therefore, that black belts in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu are accorded a considerable amount of respect and help serve as models of emulation to others of lower rank. Finally, their quiet self confidence, discipline, determination and reliability carry over into other spheres of life and help command respect and admiration.

      It must be stressed that these are ideal goals that ALL in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu must work toward. Instructors may employ quantifiable standards or points (e.g., attendance points) for evaluating candidates for promotion but should collaborate with other high ranking instructors in the system to reach a "Professional Consensus" about whether a particular candidate merits promotion in accordance with the above ideals.

      Finally, no person in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu will receive promotion from any sanctioned instructor in the system if their level of Technical Expertise fails to match the rank level they are being tested for. However, while not minimizing the importance of Technical Expertise, after age 60 greater emphasis should be placed on Depth of Technical Knowledge, Contributions to the Art, Quality of Movement, Maturity and "Perfection of Character" and the development of multiple sources of power, especially Ki Power (see Sources of Power in "System, Philosophy and Principles").

      Promoting Mudansha

      The general criteria for promoting mudansha (non black belts) are as follows:

      (i) Student demostrates technique quality appropriate to the rank level they are being promoted to
      (ii) Demonstrates a positive attitude, is eager to learn, accepts criticism and cares for the safety of others
      (iii) Demonstrates commitment through regular attendance
      (iv) Student is able to hold his/her own in kumite/randori against students of equivalent rank
      (v) Demonstrates quality of movement appropriate to his/her rank level

    The Wa Shin Ryu Tattoo

    A Brief Historical Background To the Use of Tattoos in the Martial Arts

  • Application of Principles in (i) Distance, (ii) Close Quarter and (iii) Ground Fighting

  • The Techniques of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

  • The Beginner Syllabus

  • The Advanced Syllabus

    THE Formal KATA of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

    The system has TEN formal Kata and several training sequences. Their primary purpose is to demonstrate Wa Shin Ryu principles and their application in combat situations (Ura version). They are also a repository of many of the major techniques of the system.

  • 1. Ikkyo No Kata A (Attack Combinations to Level III; Renraku Kogeki No Kata)
  • 2. Ikkyo No Kata B: (Defensive Responses from Jodan, Chudan and Gedan attacks)

  • 3. Nikyo No Kata A: Formal Close Quarter Throwing with a Gi
  • 4. Nikyo No Kata B: Formal Close Quarter CLINCH Throwing without a Gi
  • 5. Sankyo No Kata Parts I, II and III (Demonstrate Principles of Ground Fighting)
  • 6. Goshin Jutsu No Kata (Close Quarter Self Defense Kata. Formerly Mudansha No Kata). Demonstrates self defense applications in Zone 1 and 2 Close Quarter Fighting
  • 7. Russo Ashi Gatame No Kata (Includes photos of locks applied to knee and ankle)
  • 8. Buki No Kata (defenses against knife and pistol; 24 techniques )
  • 9. Renraku Nage No No Kata (standing close quarter Zone 1 and 2 moving and throwing combinations. 12 techniques)
  • 10. Ryoku No Kata (demonstrates selected principles of power and control; 21 techniques)
  • 11. Jigoku No Kata (Kata from Hell - Joint locking techniques by Kane and D'Angelo).
  • 12. Bokken No Kata (under development)

  • Training Sequences/Experimental Kata

    These Training Sequences/Experimental Katas are here described as being executed on the right side (in most cases). However, they are to be practised on both sides.

    Rationale One of the major strengths of Wa Shin Ryu is its flexibility and ability to incorporare new techniques and strategies. That is, it has the ability to evolve as a system. To maintain this flexibility all black belt holders are encouraged to explore and develop new sequences, techniques and ways and introduce them to the system as Experimental Katas (formal sequences that demonstrate important principles and help fill "holes" in the system) or as Training Sequences. Training Sequences are less formal, they involve fewer techniques and one of their purpose is to help students develop transitioning skills in limited fighting situations/contexts. In this regard Training Sequences stress some of the more applied aspects of the system's Formal Katas. All new material introduced into the system must adhere to the System Principles and philosophy of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu.

    Sankyo No Waza (demonstrates selected principles of of ground fighting in a more realistic and interactive context). Tori begins with Oroshi Morote Ude Hineri and moves into a straddling position on the ground. Uke turns Tori over (bridge escape) and ends up in the guard as Tori. Strikes groin and with the right hand behind Uke's left knee turns him/her over and postions himself on top and behind Uke. Tori (formerly Uke) applies joint lock to small toe, then applies two ankle locks and finishes with a pressure point technique on Uke's left calf

    Nikyo No Waza (forms of Clinch Throwing without a gi) (demonstrates selected principles of close quarter throwing techniques from the standing position in a more realistic and interactive manner). Techniques executed from the clinch position (often without a gi) include modifed forms of sasae tsurikomi ashi, osotogari, sumi gaeshi, ouchi-gari, ko-uchi gari, yoko wakari, kosoto-gari, tani-otoshi, uki goshi, harai goshi (circular), ogoshi and okuri ashi barai (circular) among others. Typically Tori will then follow through to the ground and apply a variety of finishing techniques.

    The Gregorian Sequence (links close quarter and ground finding strikes and joint locking techniques. Tori begins with fake uraken to face which then becomes a strike to the armpit, followed by neck twist to ground, kote gatame, turnover into hadaka jime)

    Russo No Waza (strikes, blocks, deflections, evasions and kicks - 9 techniques. Uke delivers oblique strike to temple, then punch to stomach, etc )

    Tiger Walks the Elephant (for timing, control, coordination and harmonizing). This very useful training sequence is an excellent way to develop superior timing and harmonizing into:

    (i) kote gaeshi
    (ii) irimi nage
    (iii) ippon zempo kote nage
    (iv) ogoshi
    (v) taiotoshi
    (vi) ryote mawashi nage and
    (vii) ryote mawashi otoshi, among others

    Kirby-Stanley Katame No Waza (knife deflection to single leg take-down into kesa gatame, escape into kote gatame, etc.)

    Uki Goshi No Waza. #1 attacks with downward blow to head. #2 enters with Uki Goshi (floating hip), throws and secures kesa gatame. #1 escapes and holds #2 in kesa gatame. #2 escapes by turning sideways but #1 traps defender's right elbow with own right elbow. #2 rolls to front, face down and covers up. #1 grasps defender's right wrist with own right hand and while pressing defender's base of neck to floor (with left hand) steps over, pins defender's upper arm on the tricep muscle with own right forearm (sharp edge of own forearm) and draws out and straightens defender's right arm ending up in modified (kuzure) Waki Gatame (side lock). When defender submits attacker secures defender's other arm (elbow to elbow) and brings both hands together, sitting back on defender's shoulder and side of head. The subject is thus pinned by defender's effective use of center and secure hold of both of attacker's arms.

    Handgun Disarming Techniques (30 techniques, in progress)

    Strategic Responses to Jodan, Chudan and Gedan Forms of Attack

    Levels of Training Engagement

    Training by Principle in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

    Health/Hygiene Practices (required)

    Dojo Etiquette (required)

  • Special Readings For Promotion

    Requirements for Promotion and Fees

  • Acceptable Attire and Training Equipment

  • Forfeiting of Rank

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    Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu is recognized by and/or registered with the USJJF, the AJA, the ATJA, the USJA and the Institute of Traditional Martial Arts at UNM