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Important upcoming events!

Dates for your diary!

1. November 2017. Close Combat Course (restricted)
2. December 2017. End of year course (GMP Sports Club)
3. April 2018. Large course/conference at university of Derby
4.June 2018. Kodosai in Marsala Sicily (Italy)

All members are strongly encouraged to attend these events and show their support for our brother/sister martial artists!

Upcoming events

Looking forward to the Kodosai this coming October. We then have the end of year course coming up in December and plans are already underway for a very large combined course/conference for the Spring of 2018. This will be a very large gathering with senior grades (5th – 10th dan) in various martial arts in attendance. Keep this in mind because it is definitely one not to be missed!! There will also be a special course in military close combat for suitably qualified yamabushi/shugenja that will be taking place in September. Stay tuned for more details.

100 Days to Kodosai traditional martial arts course!!

Kodosai. Traditional japanese martial arts and culture. It is now 100 days until this event. There are over twenty master-teachers of the martial arts that will be instructing. (two full days 9 – 5!) It is the largest course of its kind and is always well attended. Yamabushi/Shugenja you need to book your place NOW! Please see below for more information.…/kodosai-cultural-event-2017-june

New links page added.

A links page has been added to our website. This will soon list links to organisations of direct interest to all yamabushi/shugenja

Recent course in Bristol a success

Really good course in Bristol with all instructors doing themselves proud and all who participated enjoying themselves. A more detailed report with pictures to follow soon!

Course in Bristol June 11th

The venue for the course on June 11  has changed. The new venue is as follows

Brunel Fitness Centre
Speedwell Road
BS15 1NU

Training times 09.30am til 3.30pm (9am registration) Costs. Training 20. Curry and pint after. 13

How strong memories make us stronger people

It is said that a drowning person sees their whole life flash before them in a matter of a few seconds. This would seem to have some basis in fact as it is believed by neuroscientists that this happens as part of our basic survival instinct. It is the brain desperately accessing all of its data-base for anything and everything which might help us continue living. In those (potentially) last few seconds the human mind is remembering.

Memory, then, is important not only in the retrospective sense but also in the prospective sense.

whatever we have done in the past, the emotions we have experienced, the mistakes we have made and the successes we have realised, all congregate together in our head to help us in our present and drive us forward into our future. Memories help us develop the faculties of thinking, imagination, creativity and reason.

If we teach good lessons and our students remember good things then we are all helping to contribute to a much better and brighter future which we can all share and enjoy together.

Our dojo, and what is taught in them, should always provide people with strong, happy and positive memories they can call upon throughout the course of their lives. Memories that will sustain and support them whenever life becomes a little more difficult than usual and help them find strength whenever they need it and to smile even when they are sad.

Our memories are literally a treasure chest filled with not only post cards from the past, but useful tools for the future.

Special courses for brown/black belts only

Special accelerated and intensive instructors technical courses now available in brown/black belts in any style or system in the following martial arts.

Jiu Jutsu

Bo Jutsu


Become qualified in any/all of the above. Improve your skill-set and open a section teaching these martial arts at your own club! Contact us for more information now!

Turn your martial arts instructor experience into an academic teaching qualification

The IMAS Instructors Training College now has its own web presence at the following link.

These Higher Education Qualifications are offered through our partnership with the Teaching and Learning Academy and Canterbury Christ Church University and all instructors are eligible to apply.

Calling all martial arts instructors! Any/all styles!

Why not learn a new skill and teach it at your club?

Special basic instructor certification courses now available in the following disciplines.

Jiu Jutsu.

The traditional unarmed combat art of the famous and much feared Japanese Samurai, jiu jitsu uses an eclectic mix of strikes, throws, locks, strangles and grappling. In modern times it has also served as the basis for a lot of the military close combat systems taught to commando-type forces

Instructor-candidates will initially be taught the basic techniques of this art so they can then  begin to offer jiu jutsu lessons in their existing club(s).


A weapon made famous by the late, great Bruce Lee, this Okinawan weapon actually started out as a humble farming implement that was eventually employed as a weapon to resist oppression when the Island was invaded by Japan in the early 17th century.

Instructor-candidates will learn both the kihon waza (basic techniques) and kata (pre-arranged form) so they can then start passing this knowledge on to there own students.

Personal Safety/Self Defence.

An important contemporary collection of knowledge and skills to aid ordinary person in modern society to stay safer and more secure. This course includes aspects of crime reduction and assertiveness training as well as easy to learn practical self protection techniques. Initial training will be generic in nature with the more advanced courses being tailored for, and relevant to, specific groups.

Instructor-candidates will be given all of the practical skills and underpinning knowledge to begin teaching personal safety and self defence both in their own clubs and elsewhere in the local community.


These short, intensive courses are made possible by the scientific application of modern teaching methods and through the instructor-candidates own prior learning qualifications and experience and the transferable skills they already possess.


These courses will help you to.

  1. Make your existing classes even more exciting and enjoyable
  2. Access more potential students by offering a wider variety of classes/skills
  3. Motivate and retain existing student base
  4. Attend any local, national or international SKBR courses
  5. Access to senior grades in various martial arts
  6. Boost your own qualifications and development

All courses will be taught and assessed by internationally recognised master teachers and backed up by an on-going support network, ready to offer help, advice and assistance as and when required. Course includes all teaching and assessments, instructor certificate and one years membership of the Shugenja Kokusai Bujutsu Renmei.


To be eligible for these courses the applicant must already possess the following.

  1. A black belt or equivalent awarded by a properly recognised martial arts organisation.
  2. An up to date CRB/DBS
  3. A valid first aid certificate
  4. Instructors insurance

Interested? Then contact us now either by messenger or via the contact form which you can find on this website.