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    Default Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu

    The Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu style was founded by Riukiu Mura, a policeman and unarmed combat instructor in the Tokyo Police Force. He had grown up with Martial Arts, studying Jiu Jitsu, Kodokan Judo and Shorinji Kempo. He later combined his knowledge of Jiu Jitsu and Shorinji Kempo (meaning 'Shaolin Fist') with his Police experiences of street-fighting, to form his own style which he called Shorinji Kempo Jiu Jitsu.

    Matthew Komp, a German working in Japan after the 2nd World war, studied both Jiu Jitsu and Shorinji Kempo under Riukiu Mura's tutelage. Komp was a highly graded martial artist, who had previously studied Judo, Aikido and Karate, and further developed Mura's style, taking it to Australia in the 1950s, where he founded a school in Footscray, near Melbourne.

    One of his first students was Brian Graham. Graham returned to England a 5th Dan in Jitsuka and 2nd Dan Judoka and renamed the style Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu, establishing the first Samurai Jiu Jitsu club in Keighly, Yorkshire. One of Brian's first students, Peter Farrah expanded the style, literally and geographically starting his first collegiate club at Plymouth Polytechnic. Peter Farrah's students moved & spread the style rapidly throughout Britain. To cope with the administrative and organisational demands of the growing clubs an association was formed called the National Samurai Jiu Jitsu Association.

    The growing demands within the organisation for further expansion of Jitsu clubs internationally and for courses to be made available to the commercial sector led to the re-organisation of the N.S.J.J.A. in 1990. The association was effectively split into parts to service both the national administration of clubs and gradings etc., and promote growth in the commercial sector. The Jitsu Foundation, under Directing Tertiary Peter Farrah, was formed to co-ordinates activities of :

    1. The Jitsu Association, promoting the art & to co-ordinate the activities and service the requirements of Jitsu Clubs,
    Studio III to provide training courses and promote the ideals, philosophies and benefits of non-aversive behaviour management.

    2. Research & Development created to explore the boundaries of Jitsu & provides a fusion of skills drawn from Jitsu training & academic research

    Sadly, Peter Farrah passed away in 1997, but the Foundation has continued to grow under the direction of Directing Tertiary Dave Walker and now has over 100 clubs in the UK

    As instructors have left the country, so they have started new clubs in the countries in which they settle. The first was Cyprus in 1989, then Canada in 1993, and the U.S.A. in 1994. More recently, clubs have also opened in Greece, Holland, Belgium, Australia, Germany, and Japan, placing Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu at an international level.


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    May 2004
    Tokyo, Japan
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    Default Re: Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu

    Originally posted by sulfurik
    taking it to Australia in the 1950s
    I don't want to be cynical but jiujitsu always gets me narked, he counldnt have studyed a huge amount of Shorinji if he was taught second hand and left in the 50's....
    Leon Appleby (Tokyo Ouji)
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    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK
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    Hi Guys

    The first post on this thread is a massive quote from one of the websites about the Jitsu Foundation. The "history" is flawed but is mentioned in several places on the net.

    Read this thread from Martial Arts Planet for some more info. It includes the relevant post below;

    The person in question is the German born, now Australian, Matt Komp (8th dan Jiu Jitsu, 6th dan Judo, 4th dan Karate + others). Contrary to what appears on many websites, he didn't learn jiu jitsu as a soldier in Japan. He learn't it in Germany. Miura wasn't his instructor. Komp has himself said that he never learnt shorinji kempo, nor did his instructors.

    The shorinji kempo confusin comes down to a story that Matt Komp tells, in which he gave a demonstration of his jiu jitsu in Japan and the Japanese told him they thought it looked like shorinji kempo.
    David Noble
    Shorinji Kempo (1983 - 1988)
    I'll think of a proper sig when I get a minute...

    For now, I'm just waiting for the smack of the Bo against a hard wooden floor....

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    Very popular in UK universities. Nothing to do with Shorinji Kempo. Not a great deal to do with Japan - notice the last bit says they've recently opened branches in Japan. Note the incorrect spelling 'jitsu'.
    David Dunn
    Cambridge Dojo

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