Learning is a life time project

The menu of the last session 17th March was made up of the following:

1 – Oi Tsuki and Gyaku Tsuki and the Hara position move

2 – Jujitsu Randori with Atemi.

3 – We continue to learn and feel the Atemis, Oi Tsuki and Gyaku Tsuki and link them with a control.

4 – Mae ukemi, Ushiro Ukemi

5 – Junomichi randori

Oi Tsuki and Gyaku Tsuki.
Uke encompasses the Uke’s attack to apply Ippon Seoi Nage o Tai O Toshi and control Tori with a control on the arm.

6 – Kime No Kata, Ryote Dori

Second Seminar Ju No Michi School Scotland (Member of the Federation FIAJ)

The Second Seminar organised by Judo School Scotland went as planned.

We study Shizent Tai by using Kano’s creation,

  • Osae Waza (Katame No Kata),
  • Koshi Waza (Nage No Kata),
  • the first five techniques from the Gonosen No Kata (which were applied in Go No Sen and Sen No Sen ways).

After 6 continuous hours, the study was gradually conducted on a series of Shiai.

The following day, (only based on invitation only) we continued the research to link Ju No Kata and the control of Uke during a Randori and a Shiai.

Sunday, only on invitation, we carried out research to link and understand the links between Ju No Kata and its application in Randori

So far, Judo School Scotland (Junomichi School Scotland) has a school located at Inch Park Community Sports Club.

On Friday, 3rd March 22023 at 19H00, Judo School Scotland (Junomichi School Scotland) will open its second school at Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre

We teach Japanese Jujitsu and original Judo (Junmichi) for beginners.

The Inaugural session

On Friday the 3rd of March, we had our first Junomichi (Original Judo) and Japanese Jujitsu class in Oxgangs Neighbourhood Center

The new students were very committed to this very first session.

The purpose was to use the partner’s momentum and direction to apply an action.

We’re looking forward to the next session on Friday at 7pm at Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre

We concluded the class with an introduction to wrist and hand control: Kote Gaeshi and Kote Mawashi.

You are very welcome to join Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre
Every Friday at 7pm.



Mobilise, Transform

Kuzishi is the action of mobilizing the partner by mobilizing oneself.
It is not an action directed towards the partner with the intention of manipulating or inducing a precise reaction.

Kuzushi is the consequence of a setting in the movement of the HARA transmitted by the KUMI KATA.

This situation, triggered by the attack itself, places the partner in a UKEMI course.

Junomichi (original judo) and Japanese Ju Jitsu

While the arts of combat are present in most cultures around the world, they have never reached such a degree of development and sophistication as in Japan.

The Japanese, unlike other populations of Asia, preferred to adopt a defence system with bare hands, rather than techniques of percussion.

Also, the traditional Japanese martial arts are represented mainly by two great currents of martial arts, Aikido and Ju-jitsu and consequently Junomichi which is a highly specialised form of Ju Juitsu (Original Judo).

Karate, contrary to popular belief, is not strictly speaking a traditional Japanese martial art.

It originated from the island of Okinawa (Japanese island). It was not introduced in Japan until the beginning of the 20th century. Still, if the aikidoka faces his opponent at a distance of grasp, the ju-jitsuka practices the fight in hand-to-hand combat.

Originally developed by the “samurai”, Ju-jitsu and Junomichi (ju: flexibility, jitsu: technique, michi like do means the way) include a wide range of techniques of throwing, locking, and strangulation, whether for combat standing or on the ground.

On the other hand, percussion techniques (with hands or legs) are rare and direct but effective (they aim to strike the pressure points), see kyusho (kyuushoo).

Throws, using the principles of lever and pendulum, involve the violent fall of the adversary on the ground, which constitutes the virtual end of the fight.

Locks and strangulations are used to put out of action or subdue an assailant, with or without prior throwing.

The keys are of two kinds, in torsion (dislocation) or in extension (rupture) of the joint, and apply either to the arms (shoulder, elbow, wrist), or to the legs (knee, ankle, foot), even in the neck (cervical vertebrae).

Some controls are done on muscles (biceps, quadriceps), by applying pressure.

Finally, blood strangulations (there are also respiratory strangulations which do not have the same consequences) aim to cause temporarily lost of conscious (for at least thirty seconds, no more, otherwise…).

These latest techniques are not intended to suffocate the person, but to cut off the blood flow to the brain. These strangulations do not lead to the death of the person, or sequelae provided you have safe control and are being very careful.

By the nature of the techniques, Ju-jitsu and then Junomichi are particularly interesting martial art. Its effectiveness is essentially based on its technical quality, unlike the arts of percussion (such as Kung-fu or Karate), where the strength of both the person giving the blows and the one receiving them are essential factors.

However, despite its technical richness and its formidable reputation, traditional Ju-jitsu began to disappear from the Meiji era (1868-1912).

Today, therefore, even in Japan, this art remains rare.

Also: it is important that today, Brazilian Jujitsu, Sambo and Sports Judo are sports by no means martial arts.

Oxgangs Junomichi School

NEW Original Judo (jUNOMICHI) and Japanese Jujitsu School in Scotland.

Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre SCIO

For Beginners (and not beginners)

Inaugural class Friday 3rd March 2023 at 19H00

Age: Teenagers and Adults

Address: 71 Firrhill Drive, Edinburgh, Scotland


You can make as many sessions as you wish for free until you decide to take a commitment.

It takes time to make a such decision.



UCHIKOMI (striking, going towards, inside) aims to create sensations through repeated movements.

Over and over, it aims to take away, the elements which hinder the freedom of action of the HARA.

By the continuity of the movements, with a progressive elimination of constraints, by becoming aware of his/her own physical oppositions, by gradually feeling judo’s purpose through the use of techniques, the original judo (or Japanese jujitsu) practitioner models his/her body.

During the UCHIKOMI, Tori strives, to solicit UKE as little as possible.

UKE, is also very active by focusing on his/her own control and availability.

Repeatedly receiving TORI’s actions, UKE develops more and more sensations by the movement. UKE must remain focused, free and alert to perform UKEMI at any time.


Our federation of Original Judo (FIAJ) was celebrating the Kagami Biraki to welcome our beings into this newborn year 2023.

The theme for this important moment was Koshiki No Kata.

During this celebration, we approach this ancient kata as the symbol of the circle of life through an infinite movement.

The apparent stops represent the uncertainty in life where we remain suspended. Tori and Uke are then, floating before the Ukemi in order to feel the pleasant sensation of « No Gravity ».

Life is driven by ongoing momentum. its power is the reflection of our commitment to this life.

Centuries ago, this ancient kata was a tool for warriors. Dr Kano, saw that once the concept of killing is put aside, Uke might represent Tori’s past life and the difficulty to control the inner energy.

Tori, know that this fire has to be tamed in order to be transformed into constructive power.

The Koshiki No Kata, within this approach, can be seen inside the Kime No Kata, Nage No Kata, Ju No Kata, Randori and also within the Shiaï.

Shiaï was a very important part of our ceremony. During this moment, we could clearly feel the impact of studying Koshiki No Kata.

We could feel what type of person we are, with no possibility of hiding our minds.

Seventy-five years ago, our host, Jacques Ellner started judo.

Seventy-five years ago, our host, Jacques Ellner started judo.

Decades ago, he moved away from Sports Judo to join Igor Correa Luna in order to retrieve the Original Judo (Junomichi) created by Dr Kano.

His generosity is a reflection of his longevity in his study of junomuchi

This very important event took place in Epernay in France for 2 days.


Autonomy in Original Judo-Jujitsu (Junomichi). The main tool to learn autonomy is

  • to be focused on sensations
    • to authorise self-correction without the teacher.

The external eye of the teacher or another person becomes more and more no longer required for work.

This external help is not excluded but the correction of the visible part of the gesture must be constructed with the internal sensation of movement.

This freedom allows practitioners to work without waiting for the teacher’s remarks, or even without their teacher.

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Sharing is taking an interest in sensations and sharing one’s research with others.
The sensations of projection and release are refined with a partner who cannot remain the same.

Working with new partners in order to try to improve your sensations by always questioning yourself, and always seeking to improve your understanding of the original Judo (Junomichi), so that the movement is always lighter, and more efficient (more efficient and less energy).

Progressing in Original Judo (Junomichi) means working and researching with everyone, regardless of size, level and mood.

The “little ones” as well as the “big ones”.

Sharing is learning to work and getting to know all the people who practice with you, whom I meet during weekday classes, during a normal daytime class and during a seminar or workshop.

The sharing of sensations cannot be done without conviviality, without the desire to value oneself as a better human being.