WELCOME TO THE YEAR OF THE HARE:
Well today is the first day of the year of the HAre (or rabbit) in accordance to the old Chinese (And subsequently
Japanese) calendar. Let us hope that it brings us all great joy, good luck and general prosperity.
Our first major
news of 2011 is the acceptance into our organisation ofan affiliated Dojo named 'Harknett Ryu Kempo-Jutsu' headed
by Steven J. Harknett Sensei. Harknett Sensei has many years of Jujutsu, Kempo and kempojutsu training under his belt
and carries the grade of Godan (5th Dan Black Belt) in the latter. We welcome Harknett sensei into the fold and look forward
to working more with him and his organisation over the coming months and years.
Due to booking complications the
spring Keiko Gunjin training course will be moved back to the latter part of May, whether this will effect which sensei will
be available on the day remains to be seen. But keep checking back with us here for the latest information.
are now accepting article submissions for our FREE online PDF publication www.JunseiMagazine.com. You can send in a letter, a poem, a drawing, photograph or article on any traditional martial arts subject;
and pending approval by the editor, you can expect to see it published amongst the pages of Junsei magazine.
For those able to do so, we also recommend that you contact Junsei Ryu on one
or more of the social networking platforms in order to keep up to date with the latest goings on in your organisation. We
have official pages on Youtube, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Scribd and more...
All the best, and we will see you
in the Dojo eager and awaiting instruction.
WELCOME INTO A NEW YEAR:
After the first week back
into training we are pleased to announce that confirmation for this years courses and events are starting to come in steadily
now. Giving friends, members and associates of the Junsei Ryu a chance to try their hand at other styles and systems,
as well as getting to travel around the country a bit.
Due to popular demand around the Shrewsbury area; Taran
McCarnun Renshi will be relaunching his Kenpo (Kempo) class on Thursday evening at the Wilfred Owen School, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury.
Old and new members are always welcome. For further information regarding Kenpo is listed on the "Styles On Offer"
able to do so, we also recomend that you create a www.Twitter.com account and search out @JunseiRyu for the very latest news and updates. A sample live-feed can be found
towards the bottom of this page.
All the best, and we look forward to seeing you in the Dojo over the coming weeks
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END OF YEAR NEWS:
Well Yule and Christmas have come and gone, leaving in their wake distended bellies stuffed with turkey and the raving
madness that follows the end of year sales!
However, things within Junsei Ryu have not yet slowed down, with
detailed plans for the forthcoming year being confirmed as I write this. All being well, the next twelve months will be very
busy for the Junsei Ryu family and that can only ever be a good thing. This last twelve months has allowed us to make a number
of new friends, and reconnect with some old friends also.
Part of this websites "Spring Clean" is the
addition of a "Live Feed" from our official Junsei Ryu Twitter account, meaning that the latest information regarding
Junsei Ryu can be reached from yet another avenue.
On Behalf of Dr Ash McKee Shihan, Taran McCarnun Renshi and
all the senior instructors at Junsei Ryu we wish you all the best for the coming year.
See you back in the dojo
SHREWSBURY BRANCH LATEST NEWS:
Congratulations to everyone
who attended last Thursdays Jujutsu grading in Shrewsbury, as hosted by Dr Ash McKee Shihan and Taran McCarnun Renshi.
The standard of the students was high as always, with particular commendations going out to the seniors students who
all worked really, really hard and to an exceptional standard.
Adult students who graded were Gareth Burgess,
Gordon Allison and Simon Madeley who each passed their Orange belt exams, and Ross Sutherland who succeeded in gaining his
Well done all, now we start training toward the next level.
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SHREWSBURY BRANCH END OF YEAR TRAINING SCHEDULE:
LAST TRAINING CLASS OF 2010
Tuesday December 21st signifies the last training session for 2010
and will feature a group meditation and mini training course, as well as the chance to sample some Japanese cuisine.
FIRST TRAINING CLASS OF 2011
Junsei Ryu Shrewsbury classes
will return to their normal schedule as of Tuesday 4th January 2011.
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JUJUTSU GRADING IN SHREWSBURY:Grading Times:
THURSDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2010
(7-15 years) 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Adults (15+ years) 7:00pm - 9:30pm
hall, Wilfred Owen School, Monkmoor Campus, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury
£20 Per Student Including Mat Fee, Grading Fee, Belt & Certificate (For Those Who Pass)
Instructors: Dr Ash McKee Shihan, Taran McCarnun Renshi
you arriveearly in a clean pressed Dogi (Uniform) and that you wait in a calm, quiet and organised manner until asked to enter
the main hall.
Please note that students with an out of date "Budo pass" will NOT be permitted to grade.
JUNSEI RYU: SHREWSBURY GRADING UPDATE:
to large scale illness, double booking and the general unavailability of students this Saturdays Jujutsu grading in Shrewsbury
have been cancelled.
It is our aim to rebook the Grading Date for around a fortnights time, giving everyone a chance
to get better and practice a little more.
Watch this space for confirmation of the new grading Date and Times.
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JUNSEI RYU: ADDITIONAL NEWS UPDATE:
27th October 2010
Due to training difficulties
for a number of Kobujutsu students on a Saturday, the November Kobujutsu grading has been cancelled. Individual grading tests
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As many of you will be aware, Taran
Sensei of Shrewsbury has been fund-raising for some considerable time with the aim or replacing all of the mats at the Shrewsbury
club. With this in mind two fund-raising ideas have been put forward.
Firstly we have decided to hold a sponsored
slam, the aim of which is to gain sponsorship for as many throws as are physically possible in one hour. Both Junior and Senior
students will be able to raise sponsorship. In the past the record was 173 throws for an adult and 87 for a child. Can we
do any better this time around? Details of an exact time and location will be announced over the coming weeks.
Junsei Ryu student Gordon Allison made the suggestion that he bring along his professional Photography kit and take some studio
quality pictures of individual students during training. These high quality prints can then be purchased from Gordon, with
the profits going directly into the club fund. Could be a great gift for the grandparent, just in time for Christmas!
Junior students will need to have a parent or guardian sign a "Recorded Image Consent Form" which will be available
on the day from Taran sensei.
The exact time and location will be posted as soon as we can confirm it.
JUNSEI RYU: NEWS UPDATE:
17th October 2010
Firstly all of us at Junsei
Ryu would like to say a huge thank-you to Junsei student Gareth Burgess and his family who have made a personal donation of
£100 towards the Junsei Ryu Shrewsbury clubs new mats fund. Thank you very much Gareth, your generosity is very much
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Last week also saw the launch of issue two of our dedicated Martial Arts Magazine, and once again
the feedback has been great! Junsei magazine will remain 100% FREE to disrtibute and download.
forget to download you copy today from www.JunseiMagazine.com
JUNSEI RYU: LATEST NEWS:
1st September 2010
Recently we saw the launch
of our very own dedicated Martial Arts Magazine, and so far things could not have gone any better. Junsei Magazine has been
set up as a 100% FREE download and will remain 100% FREE always. Currently the Magazine is set up as quarterly publication,
however with the interest it has thus far received chances are it will become a Bi-Monthly or even Monthly publication before
the years end.l
You can easily download your free copies from www.JunseiMagazine.com or http://www.scribd.com/doc/35559287/Junsei-Magazine-Issue-Summer-2010
Also Lee Turner Kenshusei recently passed his Okuiri Batto/Kenjutsu grading as well as his Shodan
Kobujutsu grading. Congratulations Lee on this long awaited award.
JUNSEI RYU SHREWSBURY: JULY 2010 JUJUTSU & KENJUTSU GRADINGS:
3rd July 2010
Saturday the 3rdof July saw a dedicated number of students from the Junsei Ryu Shrewsbury
martial arts club pass their Bi-annual Grading Examinations with excellent results. The students all of which train at Shrewsbury
under the guidance of Taran McCarnun Renshi have trained hard for many months in order to get this far; including five students
who travel up to 20 miles three times a week in order to train in the traditional Japanese martial arts of Jujutsu (Grappling
and Throwing) and Kenjutsu (Swordsmanship) in a traditional manner.
Dr Ash McKee Shihan the founder
and patron of the Junsei Ryu martial arts group oversaw the grading itself and had the following to say, “Junsei Ryu
is not just another martial arts club, it is a family and a way of life. What stands us apart from the majority of other so
called martial artist is that all of our techniques and methodology are taught in a traditional manner with absolutely zero
sporting application. These student who graded today are living proof that traditional martial arts are alive and well in
Shrewsbury, they should all be very proud of their hard work and dedication.”Shrewsbury Instructor Taran McCarnun
had the following to say “All of my students have worked so very hard towards this day, it makes me really proud to
know that I am passing on a life-skill that has been a major part of my life for over 28 years. All of the students can hold
their heads up high knowing that they are set to carry on a martial tradition dating back over 1000 years.”
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JUNSEI SHREWSBURY JUJUTSU AND KENJUTSU GRADINGS:
Date: Saturday 3rd July 2010
Junior Jujutsu 10:00am - 11:00am
Adult Kenjutsu 11:00am
Adult Jujutsu 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Wilfred Owen School, Monkmoor Campus, Woodcote Way, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
£20 Per Student (Including Mat Fee and Certificate & Belt for those who pass)
Examiners: Dr Ash McKee Shihan, Taran McCarnun Renshi (Others to
Please arrive early
and in a quiet orderly manner, ensuring that your Kekogi/Hakama are clean and pressed. Remember to bring your Budo License.
Parents of Junior Students will NOT be permitted to enter the Dojo whilst the examination is taking place; but will be invited
into the Dojo at the end of the test period for the handing out of certificates.
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BUDO PASS UPDATED DESIGN:
1st June 2010
It has been a long time coming but the new designs of Budo Pass for the Junsei Ryu Bujutsu Renmei have
finally arrived. These Passport Style license books have individual pages for Rules of the Dojo, Membership details,Courses,
Junior Jujutsu Grades, Senior Jujutsu Grades, Battojutsu Grades, Kobujutsu Grades, Title Awards and much much more.
All new students will automatically receive one of these new design Budo Pass, However any Junsei students that wish to
upgrade to the newer version can do so at the cost of £5 (which is the standard cost for replacement of a lost or damaged
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LADIES ONLY SELF PROTECTION COURSE (AUDLEM, CHESHIRE):
30th May 2010
Start: Starts Thursday 10th June 2010 At 7:30pm (Runs For 7 Weeks)
Location: The Old Scout Hall, Cheshire Street, Audlem, Cheshire
Price: £35 for the 7 Week
Peter Massey Sensei &Dave Bowen Renshi
This 7 week intensive self-protection course is designed to give women of all ages and abilities a literal fighting
chance in the violence of the world today. Tailor designed to allow women to rapidly develop their self awareness, confidence,
coordination and general fitness; this self protection course is a must for all women out their.
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JUNSEI RYU AUDLEM GRADING :
16th May 2010
This last week saw four
dedicated students of Junsei Ryu in Audlem, Chesire achieved a pass rate at the Audlem Jujutsu Grading. The Children were
each tested on their knowledge, application and understanding of the art of Jujutsu and we are please to say that Joseph Wright,
Matthew Mansell,, Matthew Poultney and Tom Platt each passed their gradings with flying colours.
to you all, and keep up the good work!
YOUNGEST JUNSEI RYU MEMBER :
15th May 2010
Everyone at Junsei Ryu would
like to pass on their best wishes to Taran McCarnun Renshi and his wife Jessica following the birth of their little girl yesterday (Friday
14th May 2010). They have named their new addition Willow Yvaine Brodie McCarnun and although understandably very tired, mother
and baby are home and doing well.
Welcome to the world baby Willow, and we expect to see you training hard with
the rest of us in the near future.
NEW JUNSEI RYU BUJUTSU RENMEI MEMBER GROUP:
13th May 2010
We of the Junsei
Ryu Bujutsu Renmei are pleased to announce the successful application for affiliate membership of Rokotsu Ryu Ju-Jitsu. The
Rokotsu Ryu system is headed by our old friend and affiliated instructor Dave Baker Shihan. Dave is perhaps best known for
his heading of the Aikoushin Kobujutsu Renmei but he is as as equally skilled in the arts of Jujutsu; teaching at a number
of national and international conventions for prestigious groups such as the Sekai Ishin Ryu Jujitsu Renmei. Dave took
over as senior instructor for what is now known as Rokotsu Ryu Ju-Jitsu in the year 2000, after many years of training. Welcome
once more Dave Baker Shihan, and all the best for you and Rokotsu Ryu Ju-Jitsu.
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NEW SHREWSBURY JUJUTSU CLUB:
11th May 2010
much deliberation and requests from Junsei Ryu Students in Shrewsbury; It has been decided that an adults only Jujutsu class
will run every Saturday morning alongside the already established Kobujutsu class at the Wilfred owen School Monkmoor. Class
times will be 10:00am - 12:00noon. All adult Jujutsu students are welcome to attend.
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NEW JUNSEIRYU.ORG WEBSITE UNVEILED:
25th April 2010
Well as you will have undoubtedly noticed, the old Junseiryu.org website has undergone quite a few significant changes.
The new streemlined website is designed for easier navigationand to ensure a more enjoyable experience for the user. Whilst
much of the old content is currently unavailable, you can rest assured that it will be gradually re-integrated into the new
website over the coming weeks.
Don't forget to contact us to let us know what you think and what you would
like to see on www.JunseiRyu.org
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29th March 2010
we must apologise for the recent lack of updates on the Junsei Website, things at Honbu have gone from busy to utterly hectic...
which can only be a good thing. Last months sponsored Hike raised an amazing £282.55 which at such short notice was utterly
unexpected. A new sponsored event is now in the pipeline, with all funds going towards new equipment that will be distributed
between the various Junsei clubs. A little over a week ago Severnside Housing Association (based in Shrewsbury) once again asked Junsei
Ryu Shrewsbury to provide them with a all day martial art workshops as well as a formal demonstration for their Multi-Culture
day. The day was a great success and Les Freeman Sensei, Taran McCarnun Renshi and Junsei Student Gareth Burgess entertained
the crowds with displays of Kenjutsu, Sojutsu, Batto, Iaijutsu, Kusarifundo and Jujutsu for over five hours. The demonstration
in the main hall was a great success and was truly a testament to Les freeman Sensei who with just one hour of practice managed
to get 10 students from the Harlescott Grange School performing Sword Kata (With Bokken of course) almost flawlessly. Well
Done All! Finally the 28th of March was the Spring Keiko Gunjin (Battle Camp) with all of the profits from this event going to
the Help-For-Heroes military charity. Instructors on the day were Dr Ash McKee Shihan (Jujutsu) Taran McCarnun Renshi (Kama-Jutsu)
Chris Collins Sensei (Judo / Jujutsu) and Les Freeman Sensei (Qi-Gung / Muso Shinden Ryu). Over four and a half hours the
attending students practiced the above arts with real gusto and did each of their sensei proud. Some pictures of the event
can be found in the GALLERY 2 with many more to be uploaded over the coming days. If you have any pictures of the event that
you would like to add to our gallery pages, then please contact Taran McCarnun Renshi directly and a credit will be given
to you on the website. Domo Arigato All the Sensei at Junsei Ryu
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HIKE IN SAMURAI ARMOUR:We would just like to say a huge thank you to all those Junsei students and supporters who have
raised sponsorship money and walked the 2.1 miles up, over and around the frozen "Haughmond Hill" just outside of
Shrewsbury in what was not the best of weather. Between the Snow, Ice, Rain and thigh deep mud a hard walk was had by all,
but hopefully was enjoyed as much by the students as it was by Taran Renshi (who had agreed to hike the distance in a full
Yoroi (Suit of Samurai Armour). Although the steel on the armour was as cold to the touch as the frozen ground, Taran Renshi
insists that the sponsorship event was well worth it. Further details of amounts raided will be posted as soon as all sponsorships
have been collected. Pictures of the walk taken by Junsei student Richard Madeley have now been added to the gallery pages.
19th FEBRUARY 2010
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14th FEBRUARY 2010
2010 THE YEAR OF THE IRON TIGER:
Another new year is upon us
and this time around it is the turn of the mighty Tiger.
The Tiger features as the 3rd beast in the 12-year cycle of
Chinese and Japanese astrology. The Tiger is a strong and spirited warrior, and is always ready to react at a moments notice.
According to Japanese belief the Tiger is made up of predominantly Yang energy (Japanese: Yo)
and embodies the characteristics of strength, courage, focus, determination, honour, speed, aggression, heat, masculinity
Continuing on the theme of the Tiger throughout the
next years training it has been decided that the focus of this years Mokusou (Mediation) will be the application of Fudo-Shin
(Immovable Mind) to your everyday training; and that this years primary Te-Buki (Hand Weapons) will be the Jingama and Kama
(Single and Paired Hand Sickles).
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17th DECEMBER 2009
Last weekend Shrewsbury saw a revival in ancient
Japanese sword combat when the Shrewsbury division of the Junsei Ryu martial arts group hosted their organisations Winter
2009 Kenjutsu Shiai. In ancient times a Shiai was a series of duels fought by master swordsmen using the razor sharp swords
of the Samurai; as such these fights frequently led to the death or severe disfigurement of the participants. Modern Shiai
however make better use of protective equipment and wooden weaponry to allow for much safer bouts of combat under a predetermined
set of rules. The use of Kata has always been prevalent amongst martial arts of Japanese origin, and is designed to allow
for the practice of numerous techniques to a set pattern of movements. Kenjutsu Kata unlike the Shiai is practiced with a
Katana and as such requires the complete focus of the user so as to avoid any personal injuries.
This years event was
divided into four set categories; those being Adult Kata (Set Form) Adult Shiai (Duel) Junior Kata (Set Form) and Junior Shiai
(Duel). In total each Shiai participant fought at least five bouts from which the best overall combatants were awarded first,
second and third place.
Adult Kata: 1st Place - Gareth Burgess,
2nd Place – Richard Madeley, 3rd place – Troy Hoskison
Junior Kata: 1st Place – Jake Jones, 2nd Place
– Ales Morris, 3rd place – Liam Morris
Adult Shiai: 1st Place - Gareth Burgess, 2nd Place – Troy Hoskison,
3rd place – Laura Hoskison
Junior Shiai: 1st Place – Jake Jones, 2nd Place – Ales Morris, 3rd place
– Liam Morris
As from March 2010 the Junsei Ryu Kenjutsu Shiai will allow student entrants from any system of
Japanese swordsmanship to participate in what is set to become a quarterly event, already there has been interest from Iaido,
Aikido and jujitsu clubs from all across the midlands. Next year an Adult Tameshigiri category will be added to the events
of the day, Tameshigiri being is the testing of cuts against targets formed from tightly bound rolls of straw.
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DECEMBER 2009 NEWSLETTER:
Well the end
of another year is fast approaching, and as such we look back at the events of the last twelve months; the ups and downs
and how they have effected the Junsei Ryu as a whole.
Firstly there was the shift within the organisation which ultimately
placed Taran McCarnun Renshi as the president of the Junsei Ryu, which in turn left the founder and patron Dr Ash McKee Shihan
free to develop the Junsei ryu without the hassle of paperwork and the day to day running. Two well respected martial arts
association joined the ranks of the Junsei Ryu Bujutsu Renmei for the mutual benefit of all. Those being the Aikoushin Kobujutsu
Renmei (Header By Dave Baker) and the Shunryukan (Headed by Adam J. Merton). We are already in the process of organising courses
between our groups, more details will be sent out as soon as we have them.
Most recently there has been the death of
Billy Doak Shihan (Hachidan 8th Dan) of the Goshin ju-Jitsu Association. Billy Doak Shihan was a truly great and gifted Jujutsuka
who will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of training with him.
Training End & Restart Dates:
last training session of the 2009 will be held on Tuesday 22nd December.
The first training session of 2010 will commence
on Tuesday 5th January 2010
Omisoka: New Year's Eve (31 December)
Omisoka is the second
most important day in Japanese tradition because it is the final day of the old year. At this time people clean out their
homes, workplaces and Dojo and ensure that all incomplete jobs are finished so that they may start the New Year afresh.
Oshogatsu: New Year (1st – 3rd January)
Battledores (Solid wooded rackets) were lavishly decorated
as a charm against biting insects and shuttlecocks were batted about the neighbourhood, symbolic of the swatting of mosquitoes.
Families visit shrines as well as enjoying visits from and to family and friends.
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29th NOVEMBER 2009
VERY SAD NEWS:
It is my sad duty to inform all users of the Junsei website that a great man has sadly been
taken from us.
On Friday 27thNovember at 4:40pm Billy Doak Shihan departed this world following a short illness.
Billy Doak Shihan was the founder of the Goshin Ju-Jitsu Association and is generally regarded as the single best exponent
of Ju-Jutsu that this country had. To quote Alan Petherbridge MBE (9th Dan Kodokan Judo / 7th Dan Ju-Jitsu) "Shihan
Doak is in my opinion, the most efficient exponent of Ju-Jitsu that I have ever seen" At the time of his death Billy
Doak Shihan held the grade of Hachidan (8thDan) in Ju-Jitsu and Yondan (4thDan) in Kodokan Judo. Respected by all martial
artists that came into contact with him Doak Shihan was a down to earth and likeable man; loved and respected by all whom
Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to Doak Shihans’ wife Shareen Doak.
All the best Shihan.
Gomeifuku Wo Inorimasu
We Pray For Your Happiness In The Next World
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20th NOVEMBER 2009
NEW BUJUTSU MEMBER CLUB:
Following several in depth conversations, detailed examinations of technique,
history and form (as well as a personal recommendation from Dave Baker Shihan of the Aikoushin Kobujutsu Renmei) we are pleased
to welcome the Shunryukan (aka Shunryu Kenpo Karate Academy) into the Junsei Ryu Bujutsu Renmei as an affiliated association.
The Shunryukan is headed by a skilled and humble Budoka by the name of
Adam J. Merton Kancho (Godan / 5th Dan). Adam J. Merton Kancho is without a doubt a dedicated Kenpo man with a real in depth
understanding of Kenpo tradition, fighting applications and a true passion for his chosen art. We hope to bee seeing a great
deal more of Merton Kancho over the coming months and years, to the benefit of all students of Bujutsu.
And don't forget to check out the Shunryu website www.shunryu.co.uk and make yourself familiar with Merton Kancho and the Shunryu Kenpo system.
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27th OCTOBER 2009
JUNSEI RYU CLUB:
Following the numerous requests from current
and former students for a Junsei club in North Shropshire it has been decided that Taran McCarnun Renshi will open a Jujutsu
club at Stoke Heath (South West of Market Drayton, North east of Shrewsbury and Shawbury).
As requested by the students the Club will take place every Friday night from the 6th November 2009 at the Maurice
Chandler Sports Centre, Warrant road, Stoke Heath, Shropshire, TF9 2JR.
will be charged at £5 per student
Juniors (Under 16) 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Seniors (Over 16) 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Should the long-term student number be sufficient the club will be run until 8:30pm)
For further information regarding this club please contact Taran McCarnun Renshi (Contact details available on the contacts
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KEIKO GUNJIN 2009 AND MORE:
would like to thank everyone for their support at the Keiko Gunjin 2009, even those who could not attend for a variety of
reasons still spread the word and encouraged others to attend. Attendance on the day was good, albeit rather less than we
had been used to at previous events (not helped by several unrelated cases of flu and food poisoning!). The day however was
enjoyed by all and thanks go out again to the following instructors for giving up their time. Andy Molyneux, Lee Youens and
Dougie Wildman (Team Spartan MMA) Mick Corten and Dave Rowe (Shingitai Aikido) Taran McCarnun, Les Freeman (Junsei Ryu).
Junsei Student Gordon Allison kindly photographed the majority of the day (running on and off
the mat in order to grab that must-have shot between throws and take-downs!) Thanks again go out to Gordon who as a professional
photographer has uploaded 88 high resolution images to the following website, where the public can view or even request prints
More good news is that Dr Ash McKee Shihan has once more able to take up his role
as the senior-most Junsei instructor. Dr McKee Shihan will be teaching his normal Sunday morning classes again very soon (Once
the transfer to the new FB's Gym Building is finished). It should be noted however that Taran McCarnun Renshi remains
the President of the Junsei Ryu, effectively freeing Dr McKee Shihan from the paperwork and policies so that he can concentrate
once again on the development of the Junsei Ryu system.
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14th AUGUST 2009
As some of you will
have already of heard by now Reece Phillips Renshi of the Market Drayton Branch of the Junsei Ryu is no longer a member of
our association. Reece has chosen to pursue another direction with his personal martial arts training / teaching and as such
we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
This does however leeve a large number of students in a rather awkward
situation. Those who wish to remain under the instruction of Reece are free to do so, and those who have chosen to remain
under the wing of the Junsei Ryu will also be welcomed. However, it should be noted that as Reece is no longer a Junsei instructor
the recent insurances booked through Reece personally are NOT valid for use within The Junsei Dojo (As Reece ran his own insurance
policy tied directly to him, and not the Junsei organisation).
Students wishing to train with both Junsei and at the
Market Drayton Dojo with Reece will need to run two separate insurance policies to cover themselves for all eventualities.
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5th February 2009
After several long discussions
it has been decided that Junsei Ryu will now offer an upgraded certificate for those students wanting a more traditional layout
as proof of their grade achievements. As such a "Premium Certificate" Is now available for students wishing to upgrade
their standard Junsei Ryu Certificates. The new "Premium Certificates" are individually printed onto Vellum type
certificate paper, with the students name and date of grading printed along with the certificate design.
The cost of
these "Premium Certificates" is £5 each, although the price does also include a frame as well as the printing
and administration charges. If you are interested ask your Sensei to contact Taran McCarnun Renshi directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
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26th JUNE 2009
As some of you may well be aware Dr Ash McKee Shihan, founder and patron of the Junsei Ryu stepped down from
the active running of Junsei in early January of this year. His decision to step down from the active running of Junsei are
numerous but come down in main to his ongoing health issues; whilst these conditions are by no means life threatening Dr McKee
Shihan believes that at this time he is unable to dedicate the time or required state of mind needed for the successful running
of the Junsei Ryu to which end he has appointed Taran McCarnun Renshi as the head of Junsei Ryu so that he may push Junsei
Ryu forward in the direction initially set out by Dr McKee at the original founding of Junsei Ryu. Furthermore Dr McKee (and
with him the Junsei Ryu itself) has become the target of a petty slander campaign, in which one or two dishonourable individuals
are seeking to undermine the very essence of the Junsei Ryu. Henceforth Junsei Ryu under the guidance of Taran McCarnun Renshi
washes its hands of all such triviality and urges its members to rise above involving themselves in any such childish slanging
matches. Bushido teaches us that we should live our lives with Humility, Respect and Honour, if other schools of martial arts
do not wish to do the same, then that is their dishonour and not ours! The aforementioned situation however has opened up
discussions regarding the direction of the Junsei ryu that we feel our students deserve answer to. Following the untimely
death of Brian Wrightson Kancho (Founder of the Hankyo Kempo Ju-Jitsu Renmei) many senior Hankyo students (including Dr Ash
McKee Himself, Taran McCarnun Renshi, Reece Phillips Renshi, Dave Bowen Renshi, Bryn Pass Sensei, les Freeman Sensei and Lee
turner Kenshusei to name but a few) were devastated by the cataclysmic effect his death had on the structure of federation.
At this time Dr Ash McKee Shihan swore that he would keep his fathers memory alive and would never again let such fragmentation
occur. Within many martial arts schools the question of “Where are your grades recognised?” occurs far more regularly
that perhaps it should. If you go to an external authority it is taken that you are either a “Grade Hunter”
or that you have no real faith in the value of your associations grade awards. If you do not go to an external authority it
is taken that you are “Self-Certifying” and that your grade is worthless outside of your own group. To this end
Dr McKee Shihan sought external verification of his grades so that in the event of his passing, Junsei Ryu students would
have an unbroken link to an external association to which they could turn to for advice and grading assistance should the
senior most Junsei member need it. At this point the contact between Junsei and the All Japan Ju-Jitsu International Federation
(AJJIF) was made in an effort to have Junsei grades recognised by an external organisation. The AJJIF were happy to oblige
and for a time the senior Junsei members thought this to be a good idea, In fact Dr McKee Shihan was appointed as the AJJIF
British technical officer for classical Ju-Jitsu. After contacting the AJJIF regarding their grading procedure Dr Ash
McKee was rather unrepentantly awarded the grade of Shichidan (7th Dan black belt) a grade which he was unsure as to whether
he should accept. Regrettably however during this time Taran McCarnun made a formal notice of the grade award on the Junsei
website before Dr McKee had made any formal decision; a mistake for which he unreservedly apologises. Following reports of
Fraud and Corruption regarding senior AJJIF members, the decision was taken that Dr McKee would refuse his awarded grade,
hand back his titles to the AJJIF and to distance ourselves from the AJJIF entirely. After speaking at great length
with one of the countries most respected Jujutsuka (practitioners of Jujutsu) and the following decision was made “From
this day forth all grades within the Junsei Ryu are set out by Junsei Ryu for the sole purpose of recognition within our own
organisation. A Shodan grade for example is representative of the standard of student we are happy to accept as a Shodan grade
within our organisation, and as such may differ to the standard of Shodan grades issued by other organisations. Should any
Junsei Ryu members wish to discuss any of this further then please contact Taran McCarnun Renshi who will be happy to discuss
matters in greater detail. Yours as always in Bushido: Taran McCarnun Renshi
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As of the 12nth May 2009 the Aikoushin Kobujutsu
Renmei and all of its subsidiary groups are associate members of the Junsei Ryu Bujutsu Renmei (BBJGB - British Bujutsu
Governing Body) and agree to aid in the promotion of classical non-sporting martial arts of Japanese origin within Great Britain.
We are pleased to say that communication between ourselves and the Aikoushin Kobujutsu Renmei has been both frequent and well
recieved by both parties. Our thanks go out to Dave Baker Shihan (6th Dan / Rokudan) for organising the affiliation, as well
as senior Aikoushin member Alan Mulcahy Shihan (7th Dan / Shichidan). We will hopefully get to see much more of Dave
Baker Renshi, Alan Mulcahy Shihan and the rest of the Aikoushin Kobujutsu Renmei over the coming months and years, at the
various courses and events we host and attend. A link to the Aikoushin Kobujutsu Renmei domain can now be found on the Links
page of this website.
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20TH April 2009
As of the 2nd April 2009
the Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei and all of its subsidiary groups (Junsei Ryu Sen-Ha Kobujutsu Kai, Junsei Ryu Sakura Battojutsu
Kai, Junsei Ryu Kempo-Jutsu) come under the banner of the Junsei Ryu Bujutsu Renmei. The Junsei Ryu Bujutsu Renmei is now
the British Governing Body for Bujutsu (BBJGB - British Bujutsu Governing Body) and operates to promote classical non-sporting
martial arts of Japanese origin within Great Britain. Whilst Dr. Ash McKee Shihan will remain both the founder and patron
of all Junsei Ryu groups, the President of the Junsei Ryu family and the BBJGB is Taran McCarnun Renshi who has been duly
authorised to take on that position by Dr. Ash McKee Shihan. The (BBJGB - British Bujutsu Governing Body) already has
a number of martial arts organisations seeking immediate membership and things for Junsei look to be going from strength to
strength. All insurance, club and membership details will continue to be run in their current manner, So there will be no
disruption to current Junsei Students whatsoever. Furthermore it is the policy of the BBJGB to recognise all grades held by
member groups (In this case the Junsei Ryu Family) and offers verification certificates for those who wish to receive them.
The administration costs for these certificates is £5 per certificate (including postage and packaging). Please contact
Taran McCarnun Renshi via email@example.com for further details.
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13th March 2009
whom it may concern With effect from the date of grade awarded to Taran McCarnun Renshi (12th January 2009) and the
said grade of Godan (5th Dan) being conferred; I Dr Ash McKee Shihan Founder and Patron of the Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei
confirm to all concerned that Taran McCarnun Renshi is dually authorised to act on my behalf in all matters concerning Junsei
Ryu and it’s related projects. Furthermore I confirm that he acts as my second In all maters relating to the Junsei
Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei. Any and all matters or subsequent letters authorising individuals to act in any other capacity
in terms of management and/or insurances, Gradings, courses etc; should be referred to Taran McCarnun Renshi in the first
instance for his verification. Any breach of this or any action that may contradict this authority will result in immediate
expulsion and revocation of grade and status from Junsei and its related organisations". Dr Ash McKee Shihan Founder
And Patron Of Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei
12th March 2009
In what is probably the biggest news of this year Dr Ash McKee Shihan, founder and patron of
the Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei was awarded his Shichidan Grade (7th Dan Black-Belt) on the 23rd February 2009. This amazing
achievement has come after many decades of dedicated and intensive training and really is well deserved. Dr Mckee Shihan is
already the AJJIf head of classical Jujutsu / Bujutsu for Great Britain (All Japan International Ju-Jutsu Federation) but
this grade addition only adds to his already impressive list of commendations. The Shichidan grade itsels was authorised
by AJJIF (All Japan International Ju-Jutsu Federation) and IBMA (International Budo Masters Association) Senior directors
Alexey Kunin Soke (10th Dan - USA), Nori Bunasawa Soke (10th Dan - Japan), B. Jorda Soke (10th Dan - Serbia), Tony Raven Soke
(10th Dan - USA) and Dr Stanislav Holdukov Soke (10th Dan - Asia). Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Dr Ash McKee Shihan
for this really great news.
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6th February 2009
Congratulations go out today for Junsei Ryu student Ken Hyde as his wife Zoe who gave birth to a healthy baby girl
in the early hours of this morning. The baby girl who has been named Willow weighed in at 7lb 3oz. Our best wishes and
heartfelt congratulations go out to both Ken and zoe for this really great news.
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It has recently come to our attention that our great
friend, comrade and mentor Keith Morgan Shihan of the Shin-Gi-Tai Aikijujutsu Association was awarded the Grade of Hachidan
(8th Dan Black-Belt) on the 1st January 2009. Our warmest regards and utmost respect go out to Keith Morgan Shihan for this
astounding award of recognition. Best wishes Morgan Shihan from all of us here at the Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei, his
promotion from Shichidan (7th Dan Black-Belt) is long overdue and as anyone who has ever trained with Morgan Shihan will tell
you is very well deserved indeed.
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30th January 2009
dates for Junsei Ryu Jujutsu clubs have now been confirmed. The following gradings are to be held at the Beacon Community
Centre, Market Drayton, North Shropshire. Please contact your Sensei for further details regarding grading costs and entry
requirements. Saturday 21st March 2009 Juniors: 10.30am-12.30pm Adults: 1pm-3pm Saturday 18th July 2009 Juniors:
10.30am-12.30pm Adults: 1pm-3pm Saturday 21st November 2009 Juniors: 10.30am-12.30pm Adults: 1pm-3pm
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27th January 2009
As of today the Downloads section
of the Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei official website is fully active. At the moment a massive nineteen (19) Pictorial factsheets
are available for you to save and print out. The pictorial factsheets detail such things as naming the parts of the Katana,
Tanto, sai, Nunchaku, Kusari, tsuba and much much more. Over the next few weeks we hope to have a fully working articles page,
where magazine type articles regarding all aspects of the martial arts can be downloaded and read. Please keep checking out
the JunseiRyu.org website and keep us informed of your ideas and opinions. Taran McCarnun Renshi (webmaster) can be contacted
with all details regarding the website via the following email firstname.lastname@example.org
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26th January 2009
As all students from the Cheshire branch of the Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu
Renmei are well aware, Dave Bowen Renshi has recently undergone a medical operation. As such the Audlem club is TEMPORARILY
closed whilst Dave Bowen Renshi takes the time to heal. As such we recommend that students from Audlem continue their short
term training at the Market Drayton club under the instruction of Reece Phillips Renshi. We wish Dave Bowen Renshi a speedy
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25th January 2009
a pair of Junsei students who have each displayed an unprecedented level of loyalty, dedication and technical skill during
their years of training have been honoured. The students in question are Reece Phillips Renshi (Head of Junsei child development)
and Long time student Lee Turner. Reece Phillips has been honoured with the rank of Yondan (4th Dan Black-Belt) for
his dedication, skill and loyalty to the art of Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei. It is highly unusual for a student under 30
to be awarded such a high grade, this alone illustrates the level of skill and passion found in Reece Phillips Renshi.
Our second Student is a young man whose level of technical ability and determination far outshine his years. Lee Turner has
fought through several injuries in order to progress through the ranks of Junsei and has never once pushed for personal recognition.
For these reasons Lee Turner has been awarded the rank of Shodan (1st Dan Black-Belt) at an adult level, having originally
taken his Shodan-Ho as a junior grade. Lee Turner was also the first Junsei student to be awarded the title of Kenshusei (Assistant
Teacher) a truly great honour indeed. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to both Reece Phillips Renshi and Lee Turner Kenshusei
for their well-deserved grade awards.
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15th January 2009
As some of you may have already heard on the 12th of
January 2009 Taran McCarnun Sensei was awarded a great honour by Dr Ash McKee Shihan. Here is what Shihan had to say."
"Dear Taran As a trusted Sensei and close friend it is with the utmost pleasure that from today you will honour
me by taking the title of Renshi (Polished Expert) and accept and carry the grade of Godan (5th dan). My reasons are both
personal and are based solely on your committed study of the Bu Jutsu arts and your continuing support to me and the organisation.
You have been practicing Ju Jutsu for more than 26 years and by my own math, should have attained Go-Dan at 29, so it is overdue
on time in grade alone! It is not for that reason though, it is for your ability, your strength, your knowledge, commitment,
and generally open minded, spirited approach to every student you teach. It is a great honour for me to have you in the position
you hold within Junsei. With love, respect and great humility.
Dr Ash McKee Shihan: Founder and Senior most Sensei Of
The Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu Renmei"
Taran McCarnun Renshi had the following to say:
"To say that I was
shocked with my grade award would be an understatement. But as a loyal and dedicated member of the Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu
Renmei it is both my honour and my duty to accept my new grade and title with humility. A huge thank you goes out to Dr Ash
McKee Shihan for his support and teachings these past decades, as well as to my family who have supported me during my training
and beyond. Domo Arigato. Taran McCarnun Renshi"
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As some of you will already know, Junsei Ryu has created its own YouTube channel. On it you will
find samples of syllabus techniques amongst other interesting videos. Don’t forget to rate the Junsei videos and add
them to your favourites. We would also request that to subscribe to the Junsei Ryu channel.
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18th November 2008
Welcome to the new Junsei Ryu Hoshin Jutsu website. As may well be obvious the website is still largely under construction
but will be fully up and running in the very near future. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the website then please
contact Taran McCarnun Sensei via E-mail at email@example.com
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