Over the years when asked to explain Jujutsu to people - my standard reply seems to use younger but more well known art forms for the common lay person to understand…
Jujutsu is a combat or self defence art that involves 3 areas of combat. 1. Like karate -standing up, punching, kicking and striking. 2. Like wrestling or Judo (funny as judo came from jujutsu but more people are aware of Judo)- the second aspect of Jujutsu involves throwing and and take downs, as well as joint locking throws like wrist locks, and 3. The 3rd component is grappling, or Matt or ground techniques - where you try to either control or submit an opponent while one of both of you are lying on the ground.
This is the most basic definition of the art, nowadays much can be found on the World Wide Web if you would like to learn more.
At Barton’s Martial Arts we feel Jujutsu in the most well rounded of the martial arts for self defence, where karate lacks throwing and submissions, modern “Brazilian Jiu-jitsu) lacks striking and throwing. A karate-ka or kickboxer who spends all of their time on striking will undoubtedly be a superior striker to a Japanese Jujutsu person who divides their time to all 3 sections, and likewise a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner would be more skilled at submissions and a Judo-ka more skilled at throwing. Japanese jujutsu has all the same throws as judo, strikes as karate and submissions of BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu) but as stated earlier it would be tough to be as well versed in all three areas compared to a specialist of one art!
Our focus of our Japanese Jujutsu classes is Self Defence first, after that sport is an option, having a lot of fun is important, and self discipline and fitness through the constant repetition and physical training.
Japanese Jujutsu (Nihon-ryu Jujutsu) at Barton’s does not use any weapons, we spend some time defending against weapons but we teach an empty handed martial art.
Our Jujutsu History
We teach traditional Japanese Ju-jitsu. (Which we feel you should know – has all the same techniques as Brazilian Ju-jitsu and thousands more!).
Chief Instructor History
Patrick Barton started training in Ju-jitsu around 1985 with Carl and Bill Bynoe in North Bay Ontario. The schools (styles or ryu) of Ju-jitsu that where taught were Kindai Ha Shinto-ryu and Daito-ryu off shoot (through “Soke John J. Williams” of Saigo-ha Daito ryu.)
The Bynoe Family (father Bill Bynoe had 4 sons all black belts) trained primarily at CFB North Bay in the 1970’s and 80’s, there was an eclectic martial arts club there which they organized with others included Steve Turcotte (ju-jitsu and shotokan karate), Hans Alesi (kyokoshinkai karate and kickboxing), Len Ross, Benny Allen (Kung Fu) and Bill Bynoe (ju-jitsu and judo) and they named their club and “style” The First Canadian all Style Fighting System….as it was a dojo of many styles of traditional arts but practiced together…..basically MMA before MMA!
Patrick studied with the Bynoe family from about 1985 till 1990 training daily and private lessons 3 times per week. Patrick received Nidan ju-jitsu rank from Shihan Bill Bynoe.
Around 1989 Patrick attended some ju-jitsu clinics (which he did almost every weekend!!) At these seminars Patrick had the pleasure of training under Kyoshi R.M. Yamanaka and Prof. Robert Clark (England) and Shihan Spartaco Bartoletti (Italy)- Patrick is under this group of Bartoletti and Clarke (deceased) and is the Canadian representative of their WJJF.
These seminars were fantastic and Patrick became even MORE infatuated withJu-jitsu – at this point traveling 2 times per week for private lessons with Yamanaka Sensei and constantly traveling to learn from whomever he could! The late 80’s were a GREAT time for clinics, seminars and martial arts festivals. Ontario had a great seminar almost every weekend (Alain Sailly, John Therien, Yamanaka, Miquel Ibbara, George R. Parulski Jr, G. Murphy Del Cueto, Roland Moreteaux, Richard Morris, etc etc)
Yamanaka Sensei at this time was the head of an organization called Y.K.K.F. INTERNATIONAL, and to his credit –Yamanaka Sensei was ALWAYS bringing the best of the best to his symposiums and to his dojo to teach us all (and to continue his learning), through him Patrick had the chance to meet and train under many many great ju-jitsu and aiki jujitsu teachers.
Patrick ranked from 2 to 5th Dan under Yamanaka Sensei in Ju-jitsu.
At one time Patrick held the title of Director General for all ju-jitsu Internationally for the YKKF and the YJJF (which at that time had dojo in over 20 countries). Patrick was the 2nd President for the now defunct YJJC (Canada’s non-profit National Ju-Jitsu Sport Organisation under JJIF (www.jjifweb.com), GAISF General Association of International Sports Federations (www.agfisonline.com) and IWGA (International World Games Association) Patrick held the title of President of YJJC for 4years. Patrick is also one of only 3 Intercontinental Referees licensed in North America and voted referee of the year (North American Ju-jitsu Union / JJIF). This group is now headed by the Canadian Jiu-jitsu Association and Patrick has been honoured with being allowed to be the director for Japanese Jujitsu for this group and the Ontario Jiu-Jitsu association, which our dojo is a proud member of.
See webpage www.ontariojiujitsu.net
The Canadian Jujitsu Council has kindly appointed Barton Sensei a senior board member. www.canadianjjconfederation.com/
Barton Sensei also feels privileged to be a member of the Pan American Ju-Jitsu Federation https://www.pajjf.org and Patrick Barton is thrilled and proud to be the official representative (Shi-bu-cho) in Canada for the WJJF (World Jujitsu Federation )/ WJJKO (World Ju-jitsu Kobudo Organisation.
As a competitor Patrick was undefeated in Ju-jitsu Competition in North America from 1986 till 2003 (last tournament ) JJIF and lost only once in other ju-jitsu competitions (to a Renzo Gracie Student in Belleville in 1997).
Our Ju-jitsu at the dojo is basically a mix of the traditional Daito-ryu, and Kindai Ha Shinto-ryu with a more modern style with Randori and “judo” type throws as practiced in the JJIF.
We DO NOT CLAIM TO HAVE OUR OWN STYLE NOR DO WE CLAIM TO BE LICENSED DAITO-RYU TEACHERS.
Our ju-jitsu emphasis equally self defence, history and etiquette, nage waza (throws),atemi waza (strikes), osae komi waza (pinning techniques),locking techniques (kansetsu waza) and ne waza or katame waza (mat or ground fighting).
Basically our jujitsu is meant to teach etiquette, history and SELF DEFENCE, they way systems were taught before rules and sport (therefore no banned techniques due to tournament rules).