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By Sensei, Aug 20 2017 11:58AM

With the Summer Holidays now well underway, we are now closed on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

Our Friday mixed class is still on through the holidays and caters for Juniors, Seniors, Mizu Ryu and Tenyokai Kenkyukai Members.

Return dates for other classes:

Saturday 2nd Sept - Jnrs @ SGT

Tuesday 5th Sept - Jnrs & Snrs @ The Pavilion

Don't slack off, adjust your schedule and keep training. Contact other members via social media too, and set up small group training sessions to keep the practicve going. Keiko, Keiko, Keiko!!

By Sensei, May 16 2017 01:57AM

Some people see a broken, gnarled, uneven, and aesthetically recalcitrant form, but those same attributes tell a story. They tell the history, trials and suffering endured and more importantly, they tell of a journey of survival through transformation.

As Martial Artists, we are the broken bowl. We harness our skills through years of hard practice, denial, pain, injury, blood, sweat and tears. All the while, whilst our bodies undergo these trials, our mind is sharpened; our emotions are educated and our awareness of our connection to the universe deepens in a truly spiritual way, far older than, and beyond the reach of, Man’s invention of dogmatic religion.

We are all on the path of self-discovery. Those who are on the path already, should help others coming up behind them, but, be careful not to rob them of the chance to be transformed by that journey. Pointing out an easier path may not be the kindest thing to do as it may lead to a different destination with far less scope for growth. The way is hard. It is meant to be hard. It is through the hard path that we are transformed. This way is the path we choose, but it is not for everyone. There are always improvements to be made along the way and our efforts often seem short-lived, in a constant state of flux, or forever searching out for that improvement. But be careful. Constantly looking for perfection, you can lose sight of the beauty you’ve already created.

The Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi is based on the understanding;

‘Nothing lasts, Nothing is finished, Nothing is perfect.’

Rather than a negative statement, it is a celebration of the perspective which recognises beauty and worth outside of the conventional norm. Proudly wear your badges of survival in whatever guise they come. Remember the hard work it took to reach every achievement and use that as inspiration to continue during the hard days ahead. Do the best you can for today, as today will never come again and making the most of today will reveal a different, sobering and valuable perspective of Wabi-sabi:

Everything is perfect, because nothing lasts forever.

Tony Bailey

Mizu Ryu Ju Jitsu

By Sensei, Jun 3 2016 12:25AM

As it is no longer up, I have copied this article across from our former website.

These days, people use the term Martial Art to describe just about every fighting system that is Asian in origin. The fact is, many of these are not actually Martial Arts, but are modern adaptations which lean, by necessity, on the sports competition side rather than the realistic self protection side of their ancestor arts.

The Ancient Martial Arts of Japan were just that, Martial. They normally go under the title of Koryū, Bujutsu or Kobudō. These are the old arts concerned with the physical fighting techniques used in real hand-to-hand battles of life and death during the civil wars in Japan. Once the civil wars had dissipated, these arts were no longer needed with the same sense of fatal urgency and so they were further refined and had other aspects added to them to concentrate on unifying body, mind and spirit in the constant search for perfection of the self. This made it more a philosophical path to follow through physical means for one's life and this is what became known as Budō. This is more like the studies we have today, a spiritual journey of self perfection through physical means.

To ensure a clear objective, development and support structure for the further development of Budō, the Nippon Budō Shingikai (Japanese Budō Association) formed a committe of all the main Budō systems in Japan and agreed on a charter which was formally adopted on April 23rd 1987 by the member styles represented: Jūdō, Kendō, Kyūdō, Sūmō, Karatedō, Aikidō, Shorinji Kempō, Naginata, and Jūkendō.

The following is a translation of The Budō Charter, see if any of it rings true and realise the physical aspects of your own study are only one part of what you are taught and a tool used to help in other aspects of life in general. As western esotericism teaches; the microcosm is the macrocosm - these objectives and aims are as important outside as well as inside the dōjō:-


By Sensei, Jan 17 2016 08:45AM

Makoto - Honesty
Makoto - Honesty

Honesty in words and actions.

Trust, loyalty, fair, sincere, integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness, honesty is setting a firm foundation upon which to build a sound future.

Being honest not just with others, but with yourself by not over, or underestimating your understanding; your ability to achieve; or your contribution to the lives of others.

Like with the Red Belt virtue Rei (Respect), treat others as you want them to treat you.

Be honest with others if you expect them to be honest with you.

As the 4th Precept of the Gokai Sansho says:

Gyo o hage me – Be truthful in your dealings with others.

By Sensei, Nov 11 2015 06:11AM

WIthin Mizu Ryu, we use Meditation with both children and adults as it is an important part of our lives which should not be left out; enabling us to disconnect from non-essential aspects of our lives, gain control, composure and relaxation at the same time.

Meditation, like any of the skills we practice, needs practice to get better. This is why we have the meditation levels we work on within the graded testing aspect in the club. The children practice sitting still for anything from 30 seconds right up to 10 minutes and are rewarded with certificates at each level. Some find it very diffiult and we use a Mandala approach with them to help train the mindfulness they need for the meditation.

Mandala have been used for many centuries, in one form or another, within many different cultures, most notably within the Hindu, Tibetan & Japanese Buddhist as well as Native American traditions. One of its original forms was in pictorially representing the Universe, or some other aspect of a religious / spiritual teaching and many of the designs used with the Indian and Tibetan Buddhist traditions can be quite large and very complicated. But, as they have been used in different traditions, so have they been used for different reasons; focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation, as we use them here in Mizu Ryu.

The versions we use are very simple. The diagram below is a simple version of a Lotus flower, that famous icon of Buddhism, to be coloured in by the student, who appreciates the regularity of the patterns and finds time lost when fully emerced in the colouring in of the diagram. The designs we use continue in ascending complexity until the student has learned enough about them to be able to produce one from entirely their own design.

Print this one out and allow yourself some relaxation time by colouring it in.

Here is another one, a little more complicated, still based on the Lotus Flower...............

By Sensei, Oct 11 2015 11:08AM

All students – Juniors and Seniors, are invited to attend the Basingstoke Ju Jitsu Club Hallowe’en Party on Friday 30th October at Baileys Gym Basingstoke 7.30pm – 9pm.

Come suitably attired for a training session with a difference. Be you Vampire, Werewolf, Mummy, Witch, Zombie …. whatever your guise, come along for some fun training and games at our Hallowe’en themed night.

There were some great costumes and make up last year, so look forward to seeing you there….

By Sensei, Sep 19 2015 12:25PM

What is perseverance?

Continuing with something even though it is difficult.

“If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again”.

The Japanese Kanji for perseverance is: Nin

It contains the characters for Strength and Heart or courage.

So, to persevere is to show you have a strong heart or have great courage in not giving up and trying to achieve your goals.

• Some things are easy to do, some are not.

• If we get angry and stop trying, we will never get better. We must persevere.

• Practicing things which require patience help us to learn to relax under pressure and to

persevere with difficult tasks.

• Think about what things you have had to persevere with to improve?

In Japan, Koi Fish are often used to represent good fortune or luck. They are also associated with perseverance and strength of purpose and in Buddhism, the image of the Koi represents courage.

According to legend, if a Koi fish succeeded in swimming up the waterfalls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it would be transformed into a dragon.

Because these fish are said to regularly swim up waterfalls, they have come to represent the pursuit of victory through hardship. Perseverance.

The Utsuri Obi (5th Dan - Black & Red) and Kohaku Obi (6th Dan - Red & White) of Mizu Ryu Ju Jitsu take their names from the specific colour variations of Koi pictured above and the attributes of the Koi are reflected and personified by the holders of these special grades.

The learning of a Martial Art takes a long time. There are many repetitions to do in order to help you improve your technique. We may get it wrong many times, but what is important is we never stop trying to get it right. One day, we might get it right, but we will never stand a chance of getting it right if we do not persevere.


• Write down 3 things you would like to do, but can’t do at the moment.

• Write down 3 things you can do now, which at first you couldn’t do.

Discuss at the next lesson.

By Sensei, Jun 27 2015 01:19PM

Yellow Belt represents – Courage; the willingness to confront fear. It is both the willingness to confront physical difficulty and to do what is right even under opposition.

The Kanji for courage has the important character of Chikara – Strength, made with the last 2 strokes (8 & 9) at the bottom of the Kanji.

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