Sōsuishi-ryū Jujutsu (双水執流組討腰之廻) was established in 1650 by a samurai, Futagami Hannosuke Masaaki, who was a master of the (even older) Takenouchi-ryū and his own family system, Futagami-ryū. After a period of questing and shugyō (修行) on Yoshino Mountain, located in Nara Prefecture, Futagami had an enlightenment on the principles of jujutsu and formed Sōsuishi-ryū based on his realisations. He named the art for the twin streams of the Yoshino River. He taught the art to another samurai, Matahichi Shitama, and the art has remained within the Shitama clan ever since.
The current Headmaster and Dai Shihan is Shitama Manzo Sensei, who is the 16th Inheritor. The Hombu Dōjō is the Shadanhōjin Sekiryūkan (社団法人隻流館), located in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan. This is a unique and historical ryūha that has stood the test of time and is now an immeasurably valuable Japanese cultural tradition. Shitama Sensei leads the Sōsuishi-ryū Jujutsu Kai (SJJK), which was established by his father Shitama Shusaku, the 15th Inheritor, in 1963.
The Sōsuishi-ryū Jujutsu Kai is the only organisation authorised by the Shitama family to award rank in Sōsuishi-ryū Jujutsu. All mokuroku (black belt) grades are awarded by Shitama Sensei.
In 2016, Thomas Crooks and Peter Williams were appointed as the Directors of the Sōsuishi-ryū Jujutsu Kai Australia (SJJK-AUS). We teach under the direct instruction of Shitama Sensei. We practice the full Sōsuishi-ryū syllabus, including Kumi-uchi (grappling) and Koshi-no-mawari (iaijutsu).
The Headquarters of the SJJK Australia maintains up to date records of all legitimate and recognised Sōsuishi-ryū dōjō in this country. This includes registers of all endorsed instructors, members, and grades of individuals.
Sōsuishi-ryū is one of the few remaining koryū bujutsu ryūha, meaning it is a martial art that originated in feudal Japan, before the Meiji Era (1868-1912). There are no competitive or sportive aspects in this system. To practice this art in its legitimate form is both a rarity and a privilege. It is not for everyone and requires ongoing commitment and dedication. We welcome all serious inquiries from those wishing to join our practice, or inquiries about recognised dōjō in Australia. We request that you please contact us to arrange a meeting. References may be required.