Tribute to Allan Tattersall Hanshi and his style of Jujutsu
Allan Tattersall Hanshi -
Former National and Honorary representative in the United Kingdom of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai of Japan
The make up of the badge: The colour of blue is serene and peaceful, the gold denotes the brightness of the sun, the cherry blossom on a simple fan denotes gentleness and beauty as perceived in Japanese culture, the red denotes the fire, fire hidden in the skill of technique. The Motto: As water is soft and gentle, it can also become a torrent.
A Brief introduction of how the style Myoshin Ryu was developed by Allan Tattersall Hanshi, and marked its name forever in the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Kyoto the elite society of martial arts that advocates the mission of nobility, greater commitment for excellence and preservation of classical martial virtues.
In the beginning of a change in his style of Jujutsu, Hanshi began to feel a need for something more, from the smack bang wallop way, prominent in today's styles of Jujutsu in the west. Every one was familiar in the basic syllabus, but through evolution to modernize, one had to go back to the real essence of the Art.
With knowledge gained over four decades of study and teaching in over 20 countries, having affiliated Dojo in over 15 countries. At this point he had gained 26 Dan grades in the Classical Arts of Iaido, Jujutsu, Aikijutsu, Karate and Kobudo. Some of his remarkable travels in Japan include training at the famous Takenouch Ryu Dojo founded in 1532 (oldest Jujutsu school still in existence) and the Musashi Dojo headed by his head Iai teacher, the legendary Matsuo Haruna Hanshi.
At his age, he felt even more the need to emphasize pure technique within the Art. He began to try through his knowledge of Iaido, to study deeply the feet, body and posture movements involved in the Kata forms. The Taisabaki skills, the simple and nerve points, counters, combinations, and adjusting these with the normal syllabus was not enough. So a new range of intelligent and effective methods and efficient thinking for counters and combinations, all began to flow out during practice. All this was born through his love and loyalty for the Arts, so deeply embedded in his heart. During his rounds of Seminars in Europe, he began to introduce his new ideas, not by surprise! They began to create a lot of interest, because of the simplicity of pure technique.
In 1997, during the world Butoku Sai in the U.S.A. people began to sit up and take notice. The flow of techniques, from this elderly Master, throwing and locking people with simple movements of the body, was a treat not to be missed. On the last day of the Butoku Sai he was told to be ready for a mat grading; he collected his Uke and began, surrounded by a group of Honorable Hanshi, all masters of the Art. At the end of the mat grading, nothing was said, everyone went his own way. The next day he was invested as 8th Dan, a well deserved grade for a master with many virtues of wisdom.
Three years later (2000) at the European Butoku Sai U.K., Tattersall Hanshi demonstrated again, along with his Dan grades, each pair demonstrating his techniques fast and furious. The closing day was also a presentation day, Hanshi, who for the past few years had been ratified in all aspects including his skills on the mats, the Hanshi board concluded in awarding him with the first ever Hanshi in Jujutsu to a non-
Tattersall Hanshi is well renowned around the world for his skill. In his 70's, for hours showing technique after technique not doing the same technique twice, changing form one technique to another. For 1 technique he did 5 and for 5 techniques he did 25! He usually picked people same size or bigger than him rather than smaller to show the effectiveness of his style. His life time dedication to Martial Arts made him one of the finest Budo-
This is Myoshin Ryu, a living monument to a person who for decades has been loyal to the art, its cultures and origins. Myoshin Ryu, an authentic style of Jujutsu developed on the Classical systems of Japanese Budo. The Myoshin Ryu principles of technique and concepts of wise technical training live on in Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu.
Tattersall Hanshi awarded the first ever Menkyo licenses in Myo Shin Ryu to the Bajada brothers officially marked as 1 and 2.
William Allan Tattersall Hanshi passed away on Tuesday the 18th of July 2017.
“Tattersall Hanshi had contributed greatly to the development of traditional and modern Jujutsu in UK and he taught many dedicated students throughout UK and Europe. He was one of the finest trainees in Jujutsu who received Hachidan rank, Hanshi title from DNBK. He consistently demonstrated his excellence in many major international events sanctioned by DNBK. He was a man of great courage, high moral principle, and relentless excellence in Budo. He will be truly missed by those who remember him as a great teacher, warrior, friend and colleague.” -