Thursday, May 02, 2013
John has trained with both the late Nishihira Sensei, and Toma Sensei in Okinawa. And is a long term student of Ted Sensei.
Training will take place Sat 13th, Sun 14th and Mon 15th July at our Dojo.
We will train 3 hours each day, with the rest of the time will be spent showing off Sussex and relaxing with our visitors.
My thanks as always to my wonderful students who enable these things to happen.
More details soon.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The inscription on the memorial reads:
Friday, February 08, 2013
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Shoshinkan UK was established in 2006 and provides long term, authentic, classical training to those interested. We have regular additional training, visits to Italy to see Sensei and visits from Italy by Sensei and his students.
Students from other arts are always welcome, if you have an interest in classical Okinawan Karate and Kobudo, thats what we do!
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito Karate and Kobudo
14/15 July 2012, Framfield Village Hall, East Sussex, TN22 5NR, England
|Sat 14||Sun 15|
|10-10.30||Kihon Punch/Kick Mechanics||10-10.30||Kihon 4 Directions|
|10.30-12||Naihanchi Ni/Passai Dai||10.30-12||Pinan Ni/Rohai|
|12.30-2||Bo Kata & Renzokuwaza||12.30-2||Sai/Tonfa Kata|
|2.30-4||Tuite Methods||2.30-4||Kyusho Methods|
Kata trained with Bunkai, Strategies
and Principles explained.
Okinawan Karate and Kobudo, Uckfield, Sussex.
Update: The course went very well, thank you all who supported- we look forward to Sensei and Bushido Academy students visiting again soon!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Anyone with a genuine interest in Okinawan culture and history, with an emphasis on the late Ryukyu Kingdom period should listen and take in the information presented.
Friday, March 02, 2012
Myself, students Scott and & Jim jetted off to Milan in the middle of March 2012.
On the sunday Sensei led a lecture/demonstration and practical session on KyushoJutsu - very interesting and real fun with a kumite session involving paint on our fingers!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
However based on over nearly 30 years practice of different “types” of our art, and exposure to some fine Sensei I have come to the conclusion that training (to me) can be defined, generally as;
1. Kata – the classical forms passed down the Ryu from teacher to student (containing the Kyusho and Tuite fundamentals as well as many other things!).
2. Junbi & Hojo Undo – exercise for Physical and Mental Tanren (conditioning, for resilience, application and general good health).
3. Kihon Waza - Repetitive Basic technique to acquire skill, not always on air!
4. Kumite - Partner Drills fixed/semi fixed and free including Tegumi (basic grappling).
5. Kobudo– Weapons Art’s, Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Kama and others)
6. Dojo Kun – Training place rules / philosophy (including Reigi - courtesy)
Also, and this is a significant point if you’re calling what you do “Okinawan” have a clear, solid link to Okinawa and Okinawan's - of course other Karate and Kobujutsu can be just as great, Japanese, American, English - even TKD! There's good, OK and bad in all.
My point is labeling what you do as Okinawan deserves a connection to the Okinawan people, art and culture. (And no, I haven't been to Okinawa, but my Sensei has and continues to go regularly).
Visit us in Uckfield, East Sussex to train. We are a friendly, dedicated dojo.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Here is one of our Makiwara installed in one of my students home dojo where we work out from time to time.
I have found once used it changes our concept of Kime significantly, body mechanics/alignment and concepts of acceleration/mass are really 'taught' using the Makiwara.
The main thing to train is Seiken Tsuki, be sure to keep the body in correct alignment, and the elbow down strike with the 2 large knuckles.
However various Tsuki, Uchi and indeed Uke and Geri Waza can all be worked on Makiwara, and it is VERY different to the heavy bag (of course another important tool, for different reasons).
The trick with Makiwara is little and often, this not only prevents injury but allows a gradual adjustment in technique to achieve improved energy transfer.
I shall produce approx 6 every 3 months moving forward, maybe a few more.
I thank Jon Arthur, my friend who made the Makiwara in the picture for allowing me to be involved in his design and testing, Jon will also act as consultant to the new Makiwara when we get going.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito Karate and KobuJutsu
21/22 May 2011, Uckfield, East Sussex, England
Naihanchi Shodan or Ndani, Nishihira Renzoku Waza, Nishihira Bo, Rohai, Soken Sai, Kihon Waza, Kyusho/Tuite Waza were trained.
Bunkai, Strategy & Principles Explained
optional local Indian Meal Saturday evening £15 all you can eat advance please, strictly limited places available.
Contact Jim, email@example.com payment in
Thank you Sensei for a great weekend!
Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo, East/West Sussex.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Friday, March 13, 2009
I have recently returned from a trip to train with Giuseppe Sensei in Italy, and what a few days it was!
As always we trained very hard, and I was looked after by my friends.
On the sunday Sensei had organised a seminar where I taught around 30 fellow martial artists - Sensei then taught some Tuite methods which were very interesting.
The karate was top quality, and I have now formed an important direct link for myself and dojo with Giuseppe Sensei accepting me as a direct student for Seito Matsumura Karate/Kobujutsu.
I enjoyed training with all the students, my Sempai and Sensei and look forward to our next trip to Italy in June/July, and to our Italian friends coming to England in October.
Thankyou Bushido Academy - Ciao Ciao !
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
One of my greatest disapointments is not being able to have made the trip to Okinawa in time, to meet Nishihira Sensei before he passed, his karate is inspiring to me and I aim to do my best and practice hard what little I know about it.
I now hope that I can simply learn from his surviving Senior Students as best I can, and teach this to my students,
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Group training at the Shinseido honbu, Sevenoaks, England.
I am pleased to announce that Giuseppe Sensei, his wife and student Mari Sempai and Mauro Sempai have visited the UK, August 2008.
We arranged a series of training sessions over 4 days, Thu 14th (2 hours), Fri 15th (2 hours), Sat 15th (4 hrs) and Sun 17th (6 hrs), the sessions were split between our dojo in Uckfield (Thu, Sat) and the Shinseido Honbu in Sevenoaks (Fri, Sun).
Many aspects of the late Nishihira Sensei Shorin Ryu Seito Matsumura Karate & Kobudo were covered with Giuseppe Sensei, Mauro Sempai and Mari Sempai leading the training.
The whole event was superb, with an extremly high level of friendliness, skill and knowledge coming from our Italian friends.
We also visited Brighton (Fish and Chips on the pier no less) and had a group meal in Uckfield.
My thanks to all those involved in making this happen, particulary to Scot (a student of mine) & Anna (his wife) and my long suffering wife Monique for all the hospitality shown.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My wise and young brother Kuwae Ryosei
You can only understand the true way of the martial arts through determination and continuous training. It is quite interesting to note that the martial arts and the methods of scholarly study parallel each other at a fundamental level.
When examining the methods of scholarly study, we find there are three distinct elements or methods:
The first method is the study of powerful words, skills needed in communication and the pursuit of high-paying positions.
The second method is the study of comparing the wisdom of traditional literature, and instilling a sense of duty by way of example.
Despite the fact that these two methods are both unique, they fall short of comprehending the true essence of the way. They encompass only a superficial comprehension of scholarly studies, so they should be regarded as incomplete.
The third method of literary study is a complete method. By understanding this third method is how we can understand the true way. Some of the things that it teaches us how to do are the following:
(1) To gain a more profound understanding(2) To gain strength from our weaknesses(3) To become more sincere(4) To become more righteous(5) To better control our emotions(6) To have more peace in our homes.
This is a doctrine that can be applied to not only our country, but to the whole world. Therefore, only this study is a complete one.
If we investigate the martial arts, we also see that there are three distinct divisions or elements in them:
The first method, or division, is more like a game of psychology and tactics. It actually has no practical application in fighting, but it is more like pretty dancing. It is quite superficial.
The second method is nothing more than physical exercises. Its only goal is to win. In this there is no virtue. The practitioners of this method are contentious. Many times they bring injury to others and to themselves. Very often they cause dishonor to come upon members of their family.
The third method, in contrast, is always performed with conviction. The practitioners of this third method gain a solemn enlightenment, free of strife and depravity. It promotes loyalty among family, friends and country. It also promotes a natural demeanor, which develops a gallant character.
If you have an unconquerable calmness, you can overcome the enemy without force, with the ferocity of a tiger and the swiftness of a bird.
Some traits of this third method:
(1) It prohibits intentional violence
(2) It rules the actions of the warrior
(3) It edifies
(4) It promotes virtue
(5) It promotes peace among the people
(6) It produces harmony in society
(7) It brings about prosperity
These are called the "Seven Virtues of the Martial Arts." They were taught by wise men, and are contained in a book called the Godan-sho.
Thus, the true way of the martial arts has more than one element in it. A wise man does not need the first or second methods. All he needs is the third method.
In this method, you will find the true way.
This unconquerable strength will deeply influence your judgment in recognizing opportunities and in taking appropriate action. The circumstances will always determine what the correct approach is that you should take.
It might seem like I have no respect for the other two fighting methods, but my conviction is rooted immovably in the doctrine of the third method. I have revealed my words to you. There is nothing left secret or hidden in my mind, nothing held back. If you accept and heed my words, you will find the true way.
Bushi Matsumura, May 13, 1882
enjoy, Jim !
Monday, June 11, 2007
Karate - My Art, is a very interesting compilation and translation of Motobu Choki O'Sensei works, presented by Patrick & Yuriko McCarthy.
If you have a genuine interest in 'old style' Okinawan Karate then this small book is an absolute must have!
Avalaible from here - http://www.koryu-uchinadi.com/motobu_choki_book.htm
McCarthy Sensei does a wonderful job in giving us a glimpse of the good stuff!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Love it or hate it Youtube allows many of us to see and hear things we other wise never would, please take a look at the various RyuKyu clips avaliable at -
for lots of historical and current okinawan news and information visit -
a good place to start getting information on the Historical RyuKyu Kingdom Period is here -
Myself and various friends visit a London University to attend gatherings of Okinawan people and their family's and friends. The focus is on music, sanshin practice.
The music was very interesting, a very casual approach and very much a social occasion. Obviously alot of skill is involved with this instrument, I particulary enjoy the singing!
We discuss many aspects of Okinawan culture, history and traditions and are honoured to be part of the group.
Towards the end we are sometimes asked to show some of our karate,
Our particular thanks to Hisano and James who I have spoken to for a while to arrange these meetings, I hope to attend each 1/4.
If you would like to join us please contact me to discuss arrangements, we also tend to train somewhere, visit the local Oriental bookshops and blag our way into a rather nice library!
Write up in the okinawna Times re one of our visits -
Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Uckfield, East Sussex, UK.
Friday, September 08, 2006
One of the most significant things I have learned from my Senior's is to treat our karate as a true life preservation system.
The begining of this process for me was to purchase The Okinawa Way/Program book and begin to try and understand it's truly life saving contents.
If you do nothing else buy this book, study it's contents, act on the information given!
It gives solid practical methods of obtaining excellent physical, mental and spiritual health - now that is 'good old' karate.
The Okinawan people live long, active healthy lives and we can learn much from their historic culture and lifestyle,
Here is a nice supporting documentary on the subject - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7te6UwgSOY
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Here we see the late Master with the main weapons (Left to Right, Bo, Kama, Sai, Nunchaku, and Tonfa) used in the Shorin Ryu Seito Matsumura Karate & Kobudo.
I am very proud to learn this line of kobuJutsu, it is direct and very interesting method.
We also work defense against knife and clubs in the dojo for practical self defence work.