Goshin Jujutsu and Self Defence Classes

Ryuu Shin classes are suitable for both sexes (Age 14+) and are specifically geared to allow you to progress at your own pace. Everybody is different, and each person has their own specific requirements. And equally we realise that not everybody attends Martial Arts classes to become a Black Belt – we welcome and fully accommodate people who just enjoy it for the fitness and improved self-confidence that our classes offer.

Classes are currently held at Luxulyan Village Hall on Mondays 7–9pm. Starting in 2018, we will be running extra classes on Fridays, plus Private Sessions and Seminars from our new purpose-built “Hombu” Dojo in Trevillyn, Cornwall.

What do we teach at Ryuu Shin?


Goshin Jujutsu, which means self-defence in Japanese, is defined as ” a modern martial art system based on Japanese jujutsu and/or Kempo.” These systems have a primary focus on modern-day defensive tactics, and less focus on traditional or classical techniques. 


Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu, is a Japanese martial art that first became widely known in the early 20th century under the headmastership of Sokaku Takeda, who referred to the style he taught as “Daito-ryu” (literally, “Great Eastern School”). Takeda’s best-known student was Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.

Ours is not a typical Jujutsu style, where the emphasis is totally on “pain-compliance”. Instead, we focus on balance-taking (kuzushi) and the “Aiki” (soft power) side of things. Suitable Ryuu Shin students have the option of studying Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu alongside our main Goshin Jujutsu Syllabus. 


People study martial arts for a variety of reasons. As well as students who come to us to hopefully one day attain that coveted Black Belt, we also cater for people who just want to learn some self-defence techniques, either to feel safer, or (in most cases) just to improve their own self-confidence.

Since Goshin Jujutsu is specifically a self-defence system, it is ideal to use as a “street defence” system. There is no need to learn any of the Japanese names for the techniques, nor to become an expert in the Ryuu Shin Syllabus. And there are no “Grades” in self defence.

If you just want to learn how to defend yourself and, as an added benefit, improve your overal fitness and flexibility, then you would be very welcome at any Ryuu Shin class.    


I have been studying various martial arts – Kung Fu, Aikido, Goshin JuJutsu, Aiki Jujutsu for over 40 years and teaching for the last fifteen.

Having studied under, and attended Seminars by, a variety of Instructors over the years, I try to integrate all that I have learned there into my teaching at Ryuu Shin.

Martial Arts is a never-ending learning process, which is why, even after all these years, I am still researching and developing my teaching style, to keep it fresh and always interesting for my students.

My passion for the martial arts after all these years is as strong as ever. I get enormous satisfaction from passing my knowledge onto others. Seeing people’s confidence and self-assurance grow, with every lesson. Its a real privilege to be called “Sensei” and to be able to work with like-minded individuals.

Contact us now to book your free Trial Lesson

01208 832633

01208 832633

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