Jujutsu - Myo Shin Ryu
The syllabus from White Belt (Nanakyu) up to Black Black (Shodan Ho) is to give a good grounding in all aspects such as: blocking and deflections (Uke), striking techniques (Atemi Waza): punching (Tsuki) and kicking (Keri), break falls (Ukemi), grappling (Katame Waza), joint locking skills, arresting, breaks and dislocations (Kansetsu Waza), strangles and choking (Shime Waza), holds and pinning (Osae Waza), throws (Nage Waza), counters (Kaeshi Waza), combinations (Kumiawase Waza), pressure points (Kyusho Waza) and basic resuscitation (Kappo), correct knowledge & implications of the body using the previous mentioned and (self-defense) awareness and prevention. The student is taught the very important, correct posture, balance, footwork and body movement (Tai Sabaki) and breathing (Kokyu).
Senior Black Belts (Shodan Ho) must undergo a 1 year period of learning how to assist and teach, on coaching and Brown and Black Belt courses before attaining Shodan (1st Degree). This 1 year period is also very important for further preparation of the student, which is guided to a higher technical level to become more proficient within the Art. Junior Black Belts (Shodan Ho), will be taught the techniques of the Senior syllabus that they missed out as Juniors because of safety reasons and they will attend Brown and Black Belt courses. When they reach the required age of being a Senior, they will be graded as Shodan if their standards required for being a Shodan are reached.
The basic Jujutsu syllabus is an important base for advanced Myo Shin Ryu Jujutsu. It is taught as one complete system of Jujutsu, progressing from basic to advanced. One cannot do without the other.From the grade Shodan (1st Degree) to Godan (5th Degree), amongst the vast curriculum of advanced techniques, the student will have been taught many aspects of Nerve & Pressure points, Cavity & Sealing the breath, the use of Ki, basic massage and Kappo (resuscitation techniques).
Randori (free practice) is an important aspect in the Classical Budo Malta syllabus.
Although Jujutsu is mainly an unarmed combat Art, most of the Jujutsu systems include teachings of weaponry Arts. (The weapons sections of our system are covered on the next pages and also in 'The Arts' section of the website.)
Jujutsu is very open for individuality. The Art is ever evolving within the practitioner in the fact that he/she is always working on improving his/her technical ability and forever learning and exploring new techniques and counters & combinations to further his/her knowledge no matter what the artist's grade is.
The Official Shogoo (Martial Arts Titles): The system of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi has been the cardinal honor of which Dai Nippon Butoku Kai has exclusively awarded for centuries. Titles are not specifically rank related, although there are criteria of minimum rank and experience that are followed. Renshi - Highly Trained Warrior, person of High Attainment. Kyoshi - Eminent Instructor for Warrior, Master Instructor. Hanshi - Exemplary Illustrious Warrior, Master of the Samurai Way.
Dojo titles: Shidoin: Leading head instructor of the Dojo in the cognate Budo discipline. Shihan Dai: Deputy master instructor of the Dojo in the cognate Budo discipline. Shihan: Master instructor of the Dojo in the cognate Budo discipline. So-Shihan: Master of master teachers of the Dojo in the cognate Budo discipline. Soke: Is the head or the founder of the style / a school of thought (ryu). Sensei is not a title per se. This is a general term that refers to a teacher and merely means ‘The one who has gone before’ referring to someone who is born before you. In Martial Arts, this is referring to someone who has more experience than you and is transmitting his/her knowledge to you.