Kumataka means Mountain Hawk Eagle. These beautiful birds inhabit the Yoshino Mountains, the place where Sōsuishi-ryū Jūjutsu famously originated. It is said that the eagle ‘flies highest and sees farthest’ and is elegant, powerful and intelligent. This is much like the martial arts that are practised within our dojos.
These arts include:
Kōdokan Jūdō (講道館柔道)
A dynamic grappling martial art, involving throws, hold downs, chokes and armbars.
Sōsuishi-ryū Kumi-uchi and Koshi-no-mawari (双水執流組討腰之廻)
An early Edo-era ryūha, this classical jūjutsu style emphasises grappling with unarmed opponents, as well as the use of a number of weapons – most notably the katana.
Kumataka Dōjōs is a registered national Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to the practice and preservation of these arts. It was established by Thomas Crooks and Peter Williams in 2017, and emerged with the dissolution of Sosuishi-ryu Australia. Sosuishi-ryu Australia was established in 1965 in Sydney by Patricia Harrington, and the late Betty Huxley and Michael Huxley.
Each art within the Kumataka Dōjōs organisation is legitimately affiliated with its source of origin.
- Thomas Crooks and Peter Williams are the Directors of the Sōsuishi-ryū Jūjutsu Kai Australia (SJJK-AUS). Kumataka Dōjōs Epping and Bayswater branch dōjōs form the Australian Headquarters of the SJJK. SJJK-AUS is overseen by Dai Shihan Shitama Manzo Sensei, 16th Hereditary Headmaster of Sōsuishi-ryū Jūjutsu. The Sōsuishi-ryū Hombu Dōjō is the Shadanhōjin Sekiryūkan in Fukuoka, Japan and the SJJK-USA Headquarters are located at the New York Seibukan, New York, USA.
- Each of the Kumataka Dōjōs is affiliated to its relevant state body of Judo Australia. This organisation is the peak representative body for Jūdō in the country, and it falls under the auspices of the International Judo Federation (IJF). We also associate our Jūdō to the Sekiryūkan in Fukuoka, which is both a Jūjutsu and Jūdō dōjō. We conduct regular training visits to the Sekiryūkan for ongoing instruction and training – and welcome our Sensei and fellow practitioners to our dōjōs as well.
Please contact us for any queries.
Kumataka Dojos Inc.