Kounryusui Dojo - Durban
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About Jinenkan

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The martial arts that we study are called Jissen Kobudo - authentic, old, martial arts, from feudal Japan. More completely it's Jissen Kobudo Jinenkan, referring to the Jinenkan-federation of Kancho Manaka Unsui (above).

Most important is our TAIJUTSU (different ways of unarmed moving/fighting).

Weapons are also included in our curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on training ROKUSHAKUBO- and SANSHAKUBO-JUTSU (stick-fighting), as well as training BIKEN-JUTSU (sword). Other weapons are studied as well.

These skills are all from the following RYU (martial schools/systems):


See the Schools page for more info on the above.

An excellent way to develop the properties of moving freely during a confrontation (with or without weapons) consists of repeatedly training basics. For this reason, our training aims to perfect these basic skills and movements, the absolute fundamentals (kihon).




These basic exercises are no "phase" one has to go through first, only to leave them behind later, to be able to train different, more "advanced" techniques. On the contrary: these are the building blocks of our arts, and everyone is expected to keep polishing them, year after year, instead of neglecting them once a "higher" rank has been reached.

One has to learn how to move like water flows or like clouds float: sometimes soft and slow, sometimes fast and powerful. This same feeling can be found in nature - budo is like the natural flow of the elements. Just like the wind can move around an object as a gentle breeze, or can take the form of a devastating hurricane which destroys everything in its path.


These are basic examples of what topics can be trained during a class:

  1. Junan taiso (stretching, strength- & cardio-training/conditioning)

  2. Ukemi gata taihenjutsu ("breakfall"-techniques, safely reaching the ground, the ability to receive with the body)

  3. Kamae (basic stances)

  4. Dakentaijutsu ("striking & kicking"-techniques using your limbs)

  5. Jutaijutsu ("throws & locks")

  6. Kaeshi waza ("counter-movements")

Moto-gata (basic models), torite kihon gata (basic models of the "catching hand"); kata (fight scenario's), and henka (official variations), are also studied.

We strictly follow the original densho ("scrolls") of the warrior schools that were passed on to us. By learning the techniques as they've been written down for future generations, and in the correct order as they've been written down, one can be sure to achieve the necessary skills to master all movements.
We don't participate in competitions or contests. This is not a "fighting sport", we are training methods that are eventually meant for coping with (ideally, even winning) different forms of real-life conflicts (jissen gata, real or authentic fighting style).

Usually we don't train with large numbers of people. Our goal is to improve the technical quality of everyone's movements, so establishing an individual/personal contact between teacher and student is essential.

Everyone is very welcome to try out a few classes! Consider yourself invited - or challenged.

The Jinenkan-federation was founded by Manaka Fumio (warrior name "Unsui") in 1996. The purpose of the Jinenkan is to allow all students to learn the martial arts of feudal Japan, under Sensei's guidance, in an open and free manner. Manaka Unsui has five decades of experience in these warrior arts.



"Jinenkan" literally means "house or hall of nature", emphasizing the natural flow of the elements. "Unsui" literally means "clouds-water". This name is also used by monks (of certain buddhist schools) who don't live in a temple, but prefer going out into the world to gain experience and search for enlightenment.






The logo of the Jinenkan symbolizes a sunrise, a new beginning that will reach unseen heights... Three layers of clouds, three characters (Ji Nen Kan) and three watercycles, the sum of these being the number "nine" - in Japan a symbol for best, most powerful. The watercycle represents the endless stream of nature (cycle of water), which is unique and never the same. The clouds and the water also represent the warrior name of Manaka Sensei.

 The logo of the Jinenkan "Kounruyusui" ("floating clouds, streaming water") Dojo has been accepted by Unsui Sensei. It refers to the Jinenkan "mother"-logo. The "sunbeams-flag" ("hiashi") refers to the origin of the Japanese imperial family, namely the Sungoddess AMATERASU OMIKAMI, as well as to the Japanese navy. The kanji "ko un ryu sui" refer (out of respect) to the "bugo" ("martial name") of Sensei and his warrior vision: be like the natural flow of the elements. Our dojo logo was designed by Vanessa Van de Voorde.
Jinenkan Kounryusui Dojo is being led by Mario De Mol, Jinenkan Dojo Cho ("head of a dojo, official/certified instructor"), currently a godan within the Jinenkan.


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