Elite Jujutsu Koshu Kai -
Dai Nippon Butoku Kai -
The Essence of Yawara
Christian Bajada Renshi, Roderick Bajada Renshi and their younger brother Joseph Bajada have successfully ended their trip to Japan for the Exclusive Jujutsu Koshu Kai. The intensive training seminar took place at the historical Kyoto Butoku Den, which is the oldest and most important building in the history of quintessential Japanese Martial Arts. Spread over 7 full days starting early in the morning, the seminar consisted of continuous training in Koryu and Traditional Jujutsu where instruction was provided in the Main Ryu Ha by the Japanese Masters with all their merits and legacies:
* Shinden Ryu Jujutsu -
* Yanagi Ryu Jujutsu -
* Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu -
* Muso Chishin Ryu Heiho Aikijujutsu -
On the 7th and final day of the Koshu Kai, the International Rensei Taikai was held where the trainees had to demonstrate in their best of ability and with impeccable precision the Kata and techniques learned throughout the Koshu Kai according to the unique ways and methods of each individual Ryu Ha. For this, the Renshi Brothers were each awarded the highest honor of Yushu Sho (Outstanding award) and their brother Joseph was awarded the much deserved Doryoku Sho (Great Effort award).
Hanshi Hamada, Chairman of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai International Division, Hanshi Kuwahara, President of the Board of Directors, the Masters and the Honbu board awarded the participants several precious gifts: a bladed Tanto training knife with the Kanji inscription ‘Wakon’ (Spirit of Japan), which was given to the Yudansha participants, a wooden Tanto with the Kanji inscription ‘Shin Sei’ (New Beginning) and a fine artefact made out of the same leather crucially used for the crafting of Samurai Armour, which were awarded to all participants of the Koshu Kai. The leaders of each country delegation also received the Gold Sake Cup with the official Imperial seal of the Emperor of Japan.
On the last day, before their departure to Malta, the Bajada Brothers were called upon by Tesshin Hamada Hanshi, president of the of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, for a private meeting.
At the end of the meeting, Hamada Hanshi honoured the brothers with the official Dojo name: Jiushin Kan – Hall of The True Ideals of Yawara (Jujutsu). For the first time ever, and in a traditional ceremony, Hamada Hanshi presented the brothers his own Kodachi Bokuto, after imprinting the official Kanji of Jiushin Kan on one side and the motto ‘Shin Ki Tai Ittoh’ (Mind, Body, Spirit as One, you will prevail) on the other.
It was here established that the style of Jujutsu taught at the Jiushin Kan of Malta shall now be officially called Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu (School of The True Ideals of Yawara [Jujutsu]).
The brothers Bajada are humbly honored. The Special Bokuto will see its place in the center of the Kamiza in their Dojo in Malta, where it will serve as a symbol of the mind set, path and training methods which are executed in the Jiushin Kan Malta under the guidance of both brothers, methods and ways of The True Ideals of Yawara (another name for Jujutsu). The meaning of the name Jiushin on its own is already priceless, and it being bestowed by a Master of such authority and high caliber in Budo as Hamada Hanshi makes it an honor of unprecedented value.
We would like to thank Hiroyuki Hamada Hanshi, all the official Masters and their assistants and the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Kyoto Honbu Board for this demanding, intensive and valuable training opportunity in the True Essence of Yawara.
Thank you also to Kim Baylor Kyoshi and all the US team members for the impeccable guidance and organization of the International Division matters of the Elite Jujutsu Koshu Kai.