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Authentic Japanese Martial Arts in Hampshire

YOSHINKAN DOJO

Southern England Branch

Classes for Adults and Children available

PLEASE CONTACT US NOW TO ARRANGE A FREE TRIAL CLASS!

2 Finns Business Park, Crondall, GU10 5RE

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About Us

The Yoshinkan Dojo Southern England Branch is a traditionally focused Japanese Martial Arts Dojo in Crondall, between Fleet and Farnham.

 

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Originally opened in 2012 using sports halls and similar, we have recently moved into our own purpose fit Dojo.

 

We have a friendly, no nonsense approach to training, which is conducted safely in a traditional manner.

 

Suitable for anyone, from beginners right through to experienced martial artists, regardless of your age, size or current fitness levels we're here to help you achieve your goals.

 

Our focus is not on sport martial arts, or flashy moves, and you will find our attitude towards self defence quite different to many other organisations.

 

You will find a serious and common sense approach to actual fighting. Our aim is to give you real life skills (physical and mental) which will give you confidence and enable you to handle yourself and stay safe in a violent and/or potentially life threatening situation.

 

The same skills used by Samurai for generations to stay alive in a culture where death and killing was an accepted way of life, on and off the battlefield.

 

We teach both adults and children, maintaining a real family feel to the Dojo as many of our adults also have their children practicing, this creates a great atmosphere and a rare chance to bond over a mutual interest. So if you have children this could be a good chance to connect while learning something useful. 

 

With a direct connection to our Hombu Dojo in Japan, our students regularly visit for training, and to experience the country and unique culture, Yasumoto Soke has also visited our Dojo. You can really benefit from this additional experience and see how it makes a real difference to the style of practice we offer. 

 

Our name was given to us by Yasumoto Sensei, Soke of the Motoha Yoshin Ryu school of Jujutsu, Eikoku Nanbu Yoshinkan Shibu Dojo - Yoshinkan Dojo, Southern England Branch.

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Our Martial Arts

Our main passion is Jujutsu, however in order to support this we also practice other elements of Japanese Budo as detailed below:

Soft skill, striking, throwing, grappling and choking.

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Bojutsu

Techniques of the wooden staff, long and short.

Kenjutsu / Iaijutsu

Techniques of the Japanese sword, long and short.

While these may seem like different martial arts in their own rite (which they can be) our method of practice brings them all together as different parts of the same whole. Practice of each element holds lessons that can be applied across the spectrum, resulting in a truly solid grasp of the Japanese Martial Arts.

 

Added Benefits

While at their core Martial Arts are systems of fighting with real life practical application, training in these systems can provide students with far more than just the physical techniques contained within the syllabus.

While not an exhaustive list, here are some key examples of how learning a Martial Art can improve your life and well-being:

While different to attending a gym or exercise class, Martial Arts practice involves constant movement while training. This improves fitness while also learning something useful. 

Fitness/Health

Do you want to be fitter or healthier?

 

While different to attending a gym or exercise class, Martial Arts practice involves constant movement while training. This improves fitness while also learning something useful. 

Flexibility/Posture

Are you getting stiff? Do you hunch? Do you sit at a desk most of the day?

 

As well as stretching during warm ups, many of the positions and movements experienced in training are aimed at increasing flexibility and improving posture.

Cultural Capital

How would you like to gain experiences of a different culture, without leaving the UK? Or, would you like to visit Japan and experience practice while there?

 

Martial Arts (especially traditional forms) are routed in rich cultures spanning centuries. Learning the arts exposes students to valuable aspects of history and etiquette.

Confidence 

Would you like to be more confident, at work, speaking to people, in day to day life?

 

The combined result of Martial Arts practice with the other benefits listed here, is a person with increased confidence in their abilities, appearance and bearing.

Focus / Discipline 

How would the ability to clearly focus, or keep yourself disciplined help you with work or home projects? 

 

The discipline and focus required to learn a Martial Art is considerable, this can be applied to other aspects of life such as work.

Stress Relief

Do you come home, or leave home stressed out?

 

Having a period of time away from the everyday stresses of work and personal life, while having one specific focus point can work wonders for your overall mental health. 

If you are looking for Self Development, we would be happy to talk to you and look at how we may be able to help, please contact us today.

 

Kids' Classes

We run children's classes on Tuesday evenings.

 

We have our Young Samurai programme for children aged 6-10 years, with children aged 11+ able to join the regular Tuesday evening class.

These classes cover core fundamentals of Japanese Martial Arts including Jujutsu, the Japanese sword, and staff. 

 

As one of the core principles of Jujutsu is to not oppose strength, it is an ideal martial art for those of small stature who may need to protect themselves against bigger or stronger attackers.

 

There are many benefits that can be attributed to martial arts training. Beyond the physical benefits and self defence ability, confidence, concentration, etiquette, can all be enhanced through practice.

 

Anyone attending classes however is expected to concentrate and conduct themselves correctly and safely.

 

Please contact us for further information, or if you have any questions regarding our classes.

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Please contact us for further information, or if you have any questions regarding our classes.

 

Jujutsu

Jujutsu (柔術) as we consider it is a strategy of total body fighting, using everything at your disposal to overcome your enemy, including strikes, joint manipulation, throws, chokes, strangles and even weapons, but without the need to pit strength against strength, or force against force...

 

This is done using natural body mechanics and principles of movement, which when manipulated correctly can render an attack useless and allow the practitioner to overcome and unbalance their opponent.

 

There are lots of interpretations of the word Jujutsu: Gentle Art, Supple Art, Art of Yielding, etc, however the translation that we find suits our practice is Soft Skill. Ju  is the Softness that stops us clashing with an opponent, and Jutsu is the Skill and Technique that allows us to use this to our advantage, breaking their structure and overcoming them. This is a very simplified description for the purpose of getting across the basic idea, but the concept goes far deeper than can be explained here. 

 

Mindset is of equal, if not more importance, as it is this that will often dictate your success or failure, regardless of physical prowess or technical ability.

 

Jujutsu is often referred to as 'Unarmed Fighting of the Samurai' however we do not use this description. Samurai were virtually always armed, therefore Jujutsu had to be able to deal with the threats associated with this, while also allowing the practitioner to execute techniques while wearing weapons themselves, or even enable them to use their own weapons.

 

This may seem a trivial point, but it is of great importance when you consider the mindset mentioned above, rather than just thinking of a modern brawl or a boxing match, as most do when they think of fighting, when weapons are involved everything becomes a life or death situation. 

 

Beginners' Courses

Starting something new as an adult can be a fairly daunting prospect, even if you have previous experience.

 

Lot's of things come to mind; What are the existing members like? Will I fit in? What if I do the wrong thing? Am I fit enough? I'm nervous about getting hurt, I don't want to feel like I'm holding up the more experienced students, etc.

 

With this in mind, we've created a 4 week beginner course that helps to remove these concerns and allow you to experience training and decide if it is right for you without any obligation. 

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Self Defence

If your goal is Self Defence, Jujutsu is a very effective Martial Art.

Japanese Jujutsu relies on manipulation of an attacker's structure and natural body mechanics to overcome them without the use of muscular strength. 

This makes it an ideal system for anyone looking for self defence, regardless of size and/or ability.

Unfortunately looking for the right kind of Self Defence class can be tricky!

 

Self Defence is one of the most common reasons for people to learn martial arts beyond childhood, so is used excessively in marketing and advertising campaigns to help drive new students through the door... 

...but not all things are equal, what's good for one person may not be right for another.

 

Here are some things to think about if you are looking for Self Defence classes:

 

Aesthetics mean Nothing!

It doesn't matter if the adverts show people training in military style fatigues or combat gear, traditional martial arts clothing, casual sportswear, etc. Does the content of what's being taught seem realistic and will it work for you?

Is it Strike Heavy?

You have to be prepared in a self defence situation to do all necessary, which will usually involve some form of striking or hitting, but does it rely too heavily on striking to make it work? Or is it only striking? This may be fine for someone fairly strong, but can someone of a slighter build do this effectively when their attacker is stronger and pumped full of adrenaline? 

Don't be fooled by Gimmicks! 

Lots of modern 'self defence' systems use gimmicks to make them appealing. Whether it is quoting a military connection or something from a popular movie, look beyond the surface. A system taught to military or law enforcement personnel sounds impressive, but does someone looking for a way to defend themselves in their day to day life have the same physical requirement as military personnel? 

Watch out for a False Sense of Security! 

Is using the system's techniques all that is taught, or are you encouraged to escape? Are there methods for de-escalation or avoidance? Is there an encouraged over confidence in the techniques taught?

Is it Simple?

Anything fancy or complicated wont work in the heat of the moment, are they teaching simple principles? If what they are teaching takes more than a split second, will it really work when needed?

Is there a strong Sport Element?

Sport martial arts can be great for fitness, strength and overall confidence. The techniques employed to score a point however may not translate well into actual fighting to defend yourself. In the same vein being able to hit and score a point is very different to being able to hit and stop an attacker, think about this.

If you are looking for Self Defence, we would be happy to talk to you and look at how we may be able to help, please contact us today to discuss.

 

Class Times & Location

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Monday's

20:00 - 22:00 (General Class)

Tuesday's

18:00 - 19:00 (Young Samurai, 6-10yrs)

18:30 - 20:00 (General Class, 11yrs+)

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Yoshinkan Dojo

2 Finns Business Park

Crondall

GU10 5HP

PLEASE CONTACT US NOW TO ARRANGE A FREE TRIAL CLASS!

2 Finns Business Park, Crondall, GU10 5RE