Traditional Japanese Martial Arts

Traditional Japanese martial arts in Indianapolis, Indiana

What is Jujutsu?

Jujutsu translates as the "art of yielding", and indicates that the exponent does not resist the power of the attacker directly, rather, they yield to it, harness it, and use it to defeat the opponent. Therefore, Jujutsu can be applied with minimal strength and can be used by anyone, male or female, young or old, to successfully defend themselves. 

Shibukawa Ichi-Ryu is a classical system of self-protection transmitted from feudal times. It includes the study of seated, standing and ground grappling techniques, incorporating various strikes, joint locks, pins, restraints, chokes, and throws.  It also teaches a number of weapons, including various lengths of stick (Hanbo, Bo, etc.), sword (Katana), dagger (Tanto), chain and sickle (Kusarigama), arresting truncheon (Jutte), and others.

About Our Style:  Shibukawa Ichi-Ryu 
​The Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu (澁川一流柔術) was founded by Shuto Kuranoshin Mitsutoki in the last days of Tokugawa Shogunate. Shuto Kuranoshin learned Shibukawa-ryu (渋川流), and Namba Ippo-ryu (難波一甫流) from his master, Miyazaki Giemon. Moreover, he practiced Asayama Ichiden-ryu (浅山一伝流) at another place. He then founded Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu as a result of his studies.

Shibukawa Ichi-ryu’s movements can be classified into several groups how to be moved by the opponent, Kutugata that you practice first have 35 movements and it is a basic all of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu’s movements. It is not showy and it is made of simplicity movement to suppress the opponent. We have an another way of practice, Bounuke, Makurabiki and Iji-keiko (like a Judo’s Randori).

One day Kuranoshin fought six Hiroshima domain clansmen to keep his honor in the Hiroshima castle town. But it was not hard for him to beat them off by Shibukawa Ichi-ryu technique. It happened that one Matsuyama domain clansman witnessed this fight and he recommended Matsuyama domain clansman in Tempo 10 (1839). After that Kuranoshin had started to teach Shibukawa Ichi-ryu in Matsuyama, Shikoku.

After the Meiji Restoration, he often came back to Saka village, Aki county in Hiroshima Prefecture where his relatives lived in. And he passed Shibukawa Ichi -ryu on to his aenior disciple in Hiroshima. In 1879, he died at the age of eighty-nine at Matsuyama.

After Shutou Kuranoshin's death, they stopped teaching the art in Matsuyama, Shikoku Prefecture. But in Saka village, in Hiroshima Prefecture, Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu became more and more prosperous. The dojo of Tomokichi Miyata was the most active of these schools. Kurumaji Kunimatsu was the most gifted of his students, and he founded his own dojo, teaching Shibukawa Ichi-ryu to his students. He was also a bonesetter and an acupuncturist. Une Shigemi was the most senior among his pupils, and was named successor to Kurumaji Kunimatsu.

Kunio Morimoto Sensei and the Kanou-Kan Organization:
Morimoto Kunio is the legitimate representative of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu, and the most senior pupil of Une Shigemi. He was initiated into all the secrets of the school. He was appointed as the legitimate successor by his master, Une Shigemi. Morimoto Sensei also served Une Shigemi until his death, and only he and his students were permitted to attend the funeral of Une shigemi Sensei by his family.

Morimoto Sensei is recognized by the Association of Traditional Japanese Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Kyokai) and the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Japanese Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai) as the legitimate successor and headmaster of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu. Only his pupils can demonstrate Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu at the Nippon Budokan and Meiji Shrine. No other person is recognized as an official successor in Japan.

For further information, please visit the website of the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Traditional Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai).

Muso Shinden Eishin-Ryu at the Shinwakan Dojo:
Within our Dojo, classes in Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu are conducted privately, in a study group format (Kenkyukai). We practice under the authority of Morimoto Sensei and are recognized as a member school of the Kanou-Kan organization in Hiroshima, Japan. All ranks are awarded directly by Morimoto Sensei and the Kanou-Kan.

Additional Information:
For additional information regarding Shibukawa Ichi-Ryu Jujutsu, please visit the
official English language website, or you may also contact us for further information.

Shibukawa Ichi-Ryu Jujutsu:  Samurai Self-Defense