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Traditional Japanese

Martial Arts

The foundation of all our training is the Amatsu Tatara tradition, which has a history of knowledge and training methods that goes back over 2,700 years. The Amatsu Tatara contains both martial arts techniques and training for the heart and spirit. Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Sensei is the 58th generation Grandmaster of this traditional system.


Our training is based upon two traditional martial arts, Ninpo (more commonly known as Ninjutsu) and Jujutsu. Our system also includes weapons training and much more. You can find more detailed information for everything we do within the pages of this website.


We invite you to join us at our training locations in Hornchurch and Ilford. Please read the "joining training" information listed above for more information, and we look forward to training with you soon!

Ninpo Taijutsu

Ninpo is a traditional Japanese martial art, and is more commonly known by the term Ninjutsu. Long ago the people who trained in Ninpo were known as Ninja, the famous shadow warriors of Japan.


Ninpo is the higher order training of Ninjutsu which encompasses spiritual training as well as the physical. There are 36 areas of study that Ninpo focusses on, and collectively these are known as the Ninpo Sanjurokkei. The Ninpo Sanjurokkei consist of two further areas of study:


  • Bugei Juhappan: a collection of 18 traditional martial arts.

  • Ninja Juhakkei: a collection of 18 martial arts containing Ninpo specific skills.



Traditional Japanese Jujutsu is also taught at the Kinkan Dojo.


Jujutsu is a martial art used to defend and control an enemy using unarmed techniques. This means Jujutsu is a true self defence system, not a system for becoming strong or hurting anyone. Jujutsu practise enables the student to develop a strong spirit which can guide the student through dangerous situations.

Amatsu Tatara​

This ancient system is the source of all martial arts training within Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Sensei's Genbukan organisation. The Amatsu Tatara is not very well known, even in Japan. However its secret scrolls are well known to special Japanese scholars and spiritual experts.


Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Sensei is the 58th generation Grandmaster of this ancient tradition which has a lineage that goes back 2,700 years.

Amatsu Tatara

My 7yr old son has been training here for a little over a year, wow would be the word to sum up this class!

It’s respectful, challenging, motivational, educational, friendly and most of all fun! My son has never missed a week and always looks forward to going, sometimes not wanting to leave the dojo and stay for the older class. He has also gained many skills, more confidence, build up friendships and now has a love & respect for the Martial Arts. I hope with the ongoing support and teaching of Sensei Jason along with Chris and Sean that he will go far in his chosen hobby.

Vicky, mum to a 7 year old Ninja!

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