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Genbukan Kinkan Dojo, London's Premier Japanese Martial Arts Training Centre: Teachers: Shoto Tanemura

Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Sensei

Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Sensei was born on the 28th August 1947 with the given name of Tsunehisa. However, he later took the name "Shoto" meaning "the law of the sword". He was born in the town of Matsubushi in Saitama Prefecture, where he continues to live and operate the Hombu Dojo.

 

He began his martial apprenticeship at the age of 9 under the guidance of his father, Sadatsune Tanemura, and his father's uncle, Kakunosuke Yamazaki. Sadatsune Tanemura was the 17th family head of a Samurai line, with historical links to the Emperors Uda and Seiwa, and blood ties to the famous daimyo of the Sasaki and Takeda families, and was an expert in the martial arts of Kenjutsu (art of the sword), Jukenjutsu (art of the bayonet) and various schools of Jujutsu (Shizen Ryu system) and Ninjutsu (Takeda system). Kakunosuke Yamazaki was an 8th Dan in the Onoha Itto Ryu system.

 

Tanemura Sensei's training regime was very hard and strict, as it was very traditional. At fifteen years of age Tanemura Sensei began to study Shindo Muso Ryu Kenpo from the renowned Master Seishiro Saito. He also gained entrance into the famous Asayama Ichiden ryu taijutsu along with Takagi Yoshin ryu jujutsu, Gikan ryu koppojutsu and other ancient schools of bujutsu (Japanese martial arts). Such was the focus of his training at that time that he received his menkyo kaiden (full mastership) in Shinden Fudo ryu and Kukishin ryu at twenty years of age.

 

Tanemura Sensei was introduced to Dr. Kinbei Sato whilst he was still at University. Very few people at this time knew that Dr Kinbei Sato had trained with Takamatsu Sensei, and this included Tanemura Sensei.

 

However, It was to be twenty years later that Tanemura Sensei would meet with Dr. Kinbei Sato again. Tanemura Sensei was given special kuden (secret oral teachings) and by the winter of 1989, Dr. Kinbei Sato named him as the next Soke (Grandmaster) of Takagi Yoshin ryu, Bokuden ryu, Gikan ryu, and Kukishin ryu.

 

At Hosei University he majored in law and after graduation he joined the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department at the age of twenty-two. This career choice would allow the Grandmaster to use his training in order to help and protect others. He was called upon to use his training on many occasions, and it did not fail him.

 

This led to him becoming a member of Japan's elite Kidotai Police Unit as well as being involved in hostage, rescue and security operations. Tanemura Sensei's amazing skills brought him to the attention of his superiors, and he was allowed to teach Ninpo and Jujutsu to other police officers at a special martial arts club.

 

After fifteen years of service, he felt in his heart the need to preserve the true Japanese martial arts, and so he resigned his job as a Lieutenant to carry out this mission. Soon after leaving the police department, he founded his Genbukan Ninpo Bugei Dojo and organised the Federation.

 

On November 28th, 1984, Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura started with just a handful of students in his Matsubushi dojo. Now his black belt instructors teach thousands of dedicated martial arts in over 30 countries as well as the Grandmaster having personally taught seminars worldwide.

 


Genbukan Kinkan Dojo, London's Premier Japanese Martial Arts Training Centre: Teachers: Jason Hindley

Jason Hindley - Dojo Cho, Kinkan Dojo

Jason is the Dojo Cho (Chief Instructor) at the Kinkan Dojo and teaches in the East London area with the permission of Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Sensei.

 

Jason was a late starter to martial arts, beginning his martial arts career at the age of 14 with Kyokushinkai Karate. However, after seeing a demonstration by his initial Genbukan instructor, Andy Welch, Jason immediately knew that he wanted to dedicate himself to these amazing martial arts. Jason completed the round trip from Romford, Essex to Brighton, East Sussex twice a week to train with Andy.

 

Andy inspired Jason to train hard and work through the kyu grade syllabus, and in August 1999 Jason passed his Ninpo Shodan test. Shortly after this Jason began teaching his own classes in Hornchurch, Essex.

 

Jason became a personal student of the Grandmaster after his first trip to Japan in May 2001, on this trip Shoto Tanemura Sensei graded and passed Jason for Jujutsu Shodan. The Grandmaster gave Jason the Dojo Name of "Kinkan", which means "the Sun's Corona".

 

Jason has made frequent trips back to Japan as often as he could to train at the Grandmaster’s personal Dojo, and has attended all the Genbukan Japan Taikai’s (training seminars) to date. Jason has also travelled to the USA, Canada and Europe to attend Taikai’s taught by the Grandmaster in order to further his own knowledge. At the UK Taikai in October 2014 Jason was tested for and given the title of Renshi by his teacher, Grandmaster Tanemura Sensei.

 

The martial arts have led to other opportunities for Jason, serving as a security consultant, providing Close Protection for people such as His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Jason has also taught self protection courses for organisations such as Sainsburys Supermarkets and the Body-Wise Gym Franchise. He has also taught women’s self defence strategies as part of the Havering Adult Education Syllabus, covering topics such as maintaining personal space, understanding criminal intent and reading survival signals.

 

Jason has also completed the ITEC Therapeutic Masseur qualification and Sports Massage Therapist qualification. He is also First Aid qualified and fully CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) vetted.

 

Jason's continuing aim is to support Shoto Tanemura Sensei’s goal of teaching these true martial arts to all people, helping them to achieve their potential as human beings in today's world.

 

Jason's Current Rankings:

  • Ninpo Taijutsu Yondan (4th degree blackbelt)
  • Kokusai Jujutsu Yondan (4th degree blackbelt)
  • Gikan Ryu Koppo-Jutsu Shoden Menkyo
  • Gyokko Ryu Kosshi-Jutsu Tanemura-Ha Shoden Menkyo
  • Koto Ryu Koppo-Jutsu Tanemura-Ha Shoden Menkyo
  • Togakure Ryu Ninpo Tanemura-Ha Shoden Menkyo
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Daken-TaijutsuTanemura-Ha Shoden Menkyo
  • Tenshin Hyoho Kukishin Ryu Jujutsu Shoden Menkyo
  • Shinden Tatara Ryu Taijutsu Shoden Menkyo
  • Asayama Ichiden Ryu Shoden Menkyo
  • Kijin Chosui Ryu Shoden Menkyo
  • Bojutsu Chukyu
  • Biken-jutsu 5th kyu
  • Hakkesho 3rd kyu

 

Genbukan Kinkan Dojo, London's Premier Japanese Martial Arts Training Centre: Teachers: Chris Collins

Chris Collins

Chris began training in martial arts as a young boy. He grew up being inspired by Bruce Lee, and at the age of 9 years old began training in Judo. Chris enjoyed the training but sensed there was something else beyond the sport. Through a friend’s mum that knew somebody who knew somebody else that knew of Jason, he contacted Jason to arrange his first class.

 

Chris fell in love with everything the training involved, from the techniques and strict structure, to the history and the friendly atmosphere in each and every class.

 

In May 2014 Chris travelled to Japan and spent 2 weeks training at the Honbu Dojo. It was an incredible and insightful experience that changed his attitude to training.

 

In June 2014 Chris passed his Ninpo Taijutsu Shodan Blackbelt test, and in October 2014 he tested in front of Shoto Tanemura Sensei and passed his Kokusai Jujutsu Shodan Blackbelt test.

 

Chris' Current Rankings:

  • Ninpo Taijutsu Shodan
  • Kokusai Jujutsu Shodan
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Daken Taijutsu Tanemura-Ha Kirigami

 

Genbukan Kinkan Dojo, London's Premier Japanese Martial Arts Training Centre: Teachers: Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey

Paul has been a student at the Kinkan Dojo since 2006. He had trained in other martial arts for many years which included Judo, Karate and Wing Chun before finding the Kinkan Dojo.

 

In May 2014 Paul travelled to japan with Chris Collins and trained at Honbu Dojo under the personal instruction of Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Soke.

 

On returning to the UK Paul was successfully tested for his Ninpo Taijutsu Shodan (first degree blackbelt). In October 2014 at the European Kijin Chosui Ryu Taikai Paul tested in front of Shoto Tanemura Sensei and passed his Kokusai Jujutsu Shodan (first degree blackbelt)

 

Paul's Current Rankings:

  • Ninpo Taijutsu Shodan
  • Kokusai Jujutsu Shodan
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu Daken Taijutsu Tanemura-Ha Kirigami
  • Tenshin Hyoho Kukishin Ryu Jujutsu Kirigami

 

Genbukan Kinkan Dojo, London's Premier Japanese Martial Arts Training Centre: Teachers: Ian Swindells

Ian Swindells

Ian has been a student at the Kinkan Dojo since 2010. He started training in Karate at an early age and continued up to black belt level before a break to go and study at college and university.

 

After university he began training in Ninjustu and studied for over 4 years with other UK instructors and in Japan before moving to the Kinkan Dojo.

 

In October 2010 Ian attended the UK Togakurye Ryu Taikai in Southampton to train directly with the Grandmaster. In October 2014 he attended the European Kijin Chosui Ryu Taikai in Brighton to again train with the Grandmaster where he was also honoured to be tested for his Ninpo Shodan (first degree black belt).

 

Ian's Current Rankings:

  • Ninpo Taijutsu Shodan
  • Kijin Chosui Ryu Shoden Menkyo
  • Togakure Ninpo Tanemura-Ha Kirigami

 

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