Arnis as a combat strategy evolved from the warrior-techniques of the early diverse eastern cultures that settled in the Philippine Archipelago. One of its precursor techniques - "kali" dates as far back as the 8th century and was in use in the Sri-Vishayan empire prior to the arrival of the oriental- spice-seeking Spanish Fleet under Magellan into the Philippines in 1521.
Arnis evolved as variations of earlier ethnic Oriental combat techniques that included "kali." "Kali" is from the word "kalis" - Malay word for bladed weapon. Another early form of stick fighting that influenced the techniques used in Arnis today is 'tjakelele' (Indonesian fencing). The use of sticks in combat in earlier years under the Spanish occupation of the Philippines was called "eskrima" (Spanish term for fencing) and "Arnis de Mano" (harness of the hands).
Arnis is an exciting martial art, to watch and participate in. Advanced techniques also utilise Jiu Jitsu skills. Students can usually obtain a black belt after approximately two years of training.
BKJ Arnis is taught at Bujutsu Martial Arts Centre.
Sticks are available for purchase at the dojo for $30 per set.
Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons)
Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo is a traditional Okinawan weapons martial art that teaches Bo, Sai, Nunchaku, Tonfa and Kama.
Ryu Kon Kai is headed by Sensei Kotaro Iha a 9th Degree Black Belt. Ryu Kon Kai was brought to Australia in 2003 by Sensei Robert Slywa a 6th Degree Black Belt.
Students who train Ryu Kon Kai at Bujutsu Martial Arts, are lucky enough to train a traditional and legitimate system of weapons exactly like it is taught in Okinawa.
Sensei Mark has trained in Okinawa and is proud to uphold the Okinawan traditions in his teachings.
Seitei Iaido and Seitei Jodo
Seitei Iaido and Seitei Jodo are both taught at Bujutsu Martial Arts Centre. Both are legitimate arts that originate from Japan and are recognised internationally.
Jodo, the way of the stick is a staff art.
Iaido is a pattern based sword art.
Our classes are taught by two of Australia's most qualified Japanese weapons practitioners. Both have trained and received gradings in Japan.
Dr Bob Brown has 30 years of experience with Japanese weapon arts. His impressive grades include:
- ZNKR Iaido 5th Dan (Awarded in Sendai Japan)
- ZNKR Jodo 5th Dan (Awarded in Sendai Japan)
- ZNKR Kendo 2nd Dan
- IKYF Kyudo (Japanese archery) 1st Dan
Dr Brown also holds the following positions:
- Chair NSW Kendo Association Iaido Technical Committee
- NSW State Iaido Coach
- Served as Secretary on the Australian Kendo Renmei Jodo Technical Board
The Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei is the official international organization which exercises general control over and representing Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. It was established by the Japanese government after World War II.
The Australian Kendo Renmei and the NSW Kendo Association are the Australian state and national bodies affiliated with the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei through the International Kendo Federation.
Aden Steinke has 20 years of experience with Japanese weapon arts. His impressive grades include:
- ZNKR Jodo 4th Dan (Awarded in Akita Japan)
- ZNKR Iaido 4th Dan
- ZNKR Kendo 2nd Dan
Aden Steinke also holds the position of Chair NSW Kendo Association Jodo Technical Committee.