The history of Jujitsu is hard to describe, every book and website as slightly different theories and stories. Try and understand where it all started in Japan. Jujitsu was the empty hand war art of the Samurai. Each Samurai family had their own style or group of techniques that were passed down to their household. They were not interested in writing techniques down for the public (or their adversaries) They would write family lineage, but not the interesting things that we are search for today. The introduction of mass produced firearms brought the Samurai era to an end. Family members would sell their techniques one at a time to interested people. In the late 1800's there were approximately 700 family crests or styles. This was also the time when creative individuals took techniques they wanted from Jujitsu and created "population friendly Arts," like Judo, Aikido, etc. Techniques that were left were used for "self defense" and in the early 1900's generically  referred to as "Jujitsu".

HISTORICALLY  Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu, the "School of the Willow Heart" or "School of the Willow Spirit," presumably founded by Akiyama Shirobei Yoshitoki, a physician from Nagasaki, is one of the Edo-period jujitsu schools that is best known here in the West. This style or ryu dates back to sometime before 1671. Yoshitoki felt that the jujitsu techniques he had learned were not sufficient in number, so he retreated to Tenmangu Shrine, where he devoted himself to meditation for one hundred days, during which time he developed 303 techniques of his own. One snowy day when Akiyama Yoshitoki was still on retreat in Tenmangu Shrine, he happened to notice a willow tree on the shrine grounds. Despite the recent heavy snows, this willow, unlike some of the other trees on the grounds, did not have even a single branch broken. The Willow branches simply yielded and allowed the snow to fall off, thereby saving the tree. This yielding principle was not only understood to be an essential element of the warrior arts of ancient Japan, but have been perfected through the test of time...

The Kuro Karasu Dojo's approach to Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu is a realistic , modern, and pragmatic approach to self defense while retaining the spirit of the Samurai. As this is a "recreation" of the original Yoshin Ryu system. we claim no direct lineage to the classical system of Yoshin Ryu, and have approached our training with the mindset of "Gendai Yoshin Ryu"

Jeff Brown,  holds Sandan ranking in Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu under Dr. John Landry, PHD, who is directly ranked under Jeffery Moore, Sensei of the American Federation of Jujitsu.


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