Yosokan Dojo

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On timing…

...I asked the old cowboy, “is it better to throw your loop a little early or a little late?” He answered, “...better to throw just about right…”

- James Campbell

Frequently Asked Questions

What style of Jujutsu do you teach at Yosokan Dojo?

We train in KoKoDo Jujutsu, a traditional Japanese Jujutsu founded by Irie Yasuhiro, Soke, of Saitama, Japan.  Its roots are in Daito Ryu Akijujutsu about 120 years old, however, jujutsu itself dates back well over 1000 years.

What does Yosokan Dojo mean?

It translates either House of Essence Training Hall or Natures Way Training Hall.

How do I begin training at Yosokan Dojo?

Simply make contact by phone: 831-375-7551 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Are there age limits for those who train with Yosokan Dojo?

At this time we do not have a “Kids Program,” this being the case, the beginning age is dependent on a “young adult’s” maturity and size.  Usually, a safe guess is between 13 and 15 years of age.

What kind of health limitations would prevent someone from training?

I have trained many people with many limitations over the years and have yet to come across that limitation that would prevent someone from training.

How much do I need to train in order to see improvement?

If you are training at the Dojo in jujutsu, you need to train, in class, two days a week.  If you are training with the sword, aside from your class, 10 to 20 minutes 5 days a week will do wonders.  If you are training with the Japanese Sword via the “Web” (to be announced) or “other” technology, 10 to 20 minutes a day will be a good start.

What type of commitment do I need to make in order to train with Yosokan Dojo?

The biggest commitment will not be with Yosokan Dojo, it will be the commitment you make to yourself.  The payoff is huge!

What type of ranking system do you use in your Jujutsu system?

The Kyu System, White Belt, Yellow Belt, two levels of Green Belt, two levels of Brown Belt then Shodan, 1st degree Black Belt. There are seven levels of Black Belt three of which are Shihan (Masters) levels.

How long does it take to achieve a Black Belt in Jujutsu?

This is very much subject to the individual student and one’s consistency in training but normally, at least 5 to 6 years.  I think it is important to train and have limited concern on time.

How long does it take to achieve a Black Belt in Iaido/Battojutsu (Sword Training)?

I think the above answer is probably appropriate but maybe 4 to 5 years.

What type of weapons do you teach at Yosokan Dojo?

There are a variety of weapons taught at Yosokan Dojo. Bokken, wooden sword: Jo,  long staff; Han Bo, 3’ staff; Tan Bo, short staff as well as knife and gun defenses.

Are there tournaments or competitions associated with Yosokan Dojo?

There are no tournaments or competitions involved in the training at Yosokan Dojo.  However, it is important to know that with all Jujutsu training you are in contact with a partner. Also, seminars are held on a regular basis with internationally known instructors from Japan and Europe.