At WOMAF Headquarters, we teach Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu. Sosuishi-ryu is famous for its close combat techniques and has been in existence for more than 350 years, making it one of the oldest remaining hereditary-ryu in Japan. The history of SJJK began in 1532 in a small town of Okayama, and was developed based on five principles of self-defense.
Sosuishi-ryu has a rich connection with Kodokan Judo. The 14th inheritor, Kibei Masanori Aoyagi attended a meeting a the Dai Nihon Butokukai in Kyoto in 1906, together with other leading Jujutsu masters. This meeting was called by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Kodokan Judo to gain permission to use the techniques of these schools for the synthesis of Kodokan Judo and the formulation of the official katas. Aoyagi contributed the 68 movements of Kime no Kata and from these movements, twenty techniques were selected for the official “Kodokan Kime no Kata.” Aoyagi was also a founding member of the Kodokan Judo Institute and introduced Kodokan Judo officially into the curriculum of Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu at this time.
Sosuishi-ryu’s history is steeped in tradition. The techniques are both simple and complicated, and require years of dedication to learn. The 48 katas of Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu Kai are the last remaining link to the history of Sosuishiryu. Advance sword training required the learning of the Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu sword katas. Because the study of kata requires both physical and mental discipline, the kata is the student’s path to becoming a complete, true martial artist.