Frequent Ask Questions

What is ShinKenJuJutsu based on?

ShinKen JuJutsu can be described as a Mix Martial Art. It integrates elements from a number of martial arts and fighting forms namely Boxing, Karate, Muay Boran, wrestling, Kung Fu Japanese and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Developed in the UK in the Mid 1970s the art was referred to then as a Mix Martial Art. ShinKenJuJutsu methods relies on instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios.
It is not a combat sport and has no competitive form or element but simply an effective self defence system designed for self-protection, physical and mental training.  The idea is avoid conflict at all cost and if the absolute need for the defence of oneself and love ones then to break all the rules and not play or abide by them.


What is the meaning of ShinKenDo ?
Shin in the Japanese Kanji that means ‘True / Real ’
Ken in the Japanese Kanji means ‘Fist’
Do means ‘the way’
Translated it means The Real way or The True method


What does the ShinKen JuJutsu logo mean? 
The ShinKenJuJutsu logo consist of two men in combat indicating its training methods of hands on practical training
They are encircled by a Black Belt indicating that it is a martial art and not a sport.
The globe is an indication of its gradual continued spread across the world.

What is the Origins of ShinKenJuJutsu?

The development of ShinKenJuJutsu came when the founder when attacked as a youth realise that the two systems that he studied ‘Karate and Judo” would greatly compliment each other and make one stronger if they were combined.
He trained in other fighting forms and martial arts adding to the art.
It place strong emphasis on street self defence where one can see in its methods of low kicking techniques, weapons knife defence drills, multiple attackers pressure testing and the use of every day articles as weapons of opportunity.
Its main priority is to neutralise all threats as quickly as possible causing no harm to the defendant firstly and if possible also to that of the attacker.
Law enforcement in the UK and parts of Europe use ShinKenJuJutsu methods.
The art is popular with females due to its simplicity of techniques applying the ‘JuJutsu’ way of using the attackers energy to overcome him.


Is ShinKen JuJutsu a combat form a sport or a martial art?

ShinKenJuJutsu is a martial art first and foremost.
Martial arts are indeed codified systems and traditions of combat practiced for a number of reasons such as self-defense; military and law enforcement applications; competition; physical, mental, and spiritual development;

ShinKen JuJutsu fits into that description.
It purpose is to survive a street attack using common sense self defence

There is no current competition ‘fighting’ in ShinKen JuJutsu.
A tournament form was once set up where members participate on an attacker and defender scenario labelled ‘The display fighting Championships’
This allowed individuals to safely display / execute dangerous techniques against a cooperative partner showing various elements of the art.

A combat form indicates a method of bettering oneself in purely fighting with little or no care to the discipline and spiritual betterment of ones entire self that the martial arts provide.
Though learning a combat form can be a positive avenue in terms of self defence it has a huge negative disposition in terms of ‘who is learning such combat forms?‘

What are the principles of ShinKen JuJutsu?

The basic principles are:
If the need arose to defend oneself then
restraint rather than hurt
Hurt rather than maim
Maim rather than kill

How long does it take to learn ShinKen JuJutsu?
It depends on the individual and commitment to training.
Like anything worth acquiring the more you invest in practice and learning the more you will progress in skill and knowledge. However the syllabus was design to teach students effective techniques from day one. Techniques and teaching are such that is not meant purely for the young fit and able but to accommodate all who are human.
Students start putting together the basics within 6 weeks of continued training twice weekly.
It takes roughly 3 to 4 years of training to attain the advance levels.
Students after 2 years of training are competent in defending against knife attackers and multiple opponents.

Is ShinKen JuJutsu difficult to learn?
ShinKen JuJutsu is simple direct and effective.
Its referred to as common sense self defence and is based on developing human instinct reactions and movements for self defence and developing ones mind essential to the body.

The syllabus and teaching and grade are a gradual progression for the previous grades.
Students learn to use natural body weapons against vulnerable targets and drilled that hard hitting is never the key.
Disabling a stronger attacker is requires smart hitting. Thus its techniques are based on using the right weapons at the right range and the right targets.

Like everything else proficiency requires constant training. Students fall short in particular remembering joint locking techniques if attendance and training is not kept up at a regular intervals.