Shinden Fudo-ryū

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Shinden Fudo-ryū
Current information
Current headmasterNone (extinct)
Arts taught
JujutsuHybrid art
Ancestor schools
Historic Chinese martial arts
Descendant schools
Bartitsu, Genbukan, Jinenkan, Bujinkan, Akban

Shinden Fudo-ryū (Immovable Heart School) was a school of Japanese martial arts.

Founded in around 1130CE by Ganpachiro Temeyoshi, Shinden Fudo is one of the oldest styles of Jujutsu. It focuses on working with one's natural surroundings, and as such most training takes place outside using natural objects as training aids. As an extension of this principle, the school has no formal stances (kamae); all techniques start from a natural standing posture.[1] The curriculum is entirely unarmed; there are no weapons used in this system.[2]

The school is of Chinese origin, based on techniques brought to Japan by Buddhist refugees.[2] It was one of the styles studied by Edward William Barton-Wright, the founder of Bartitsu, and one of the first Westerners to practice Japanese martial arts.[3]


  1. ^ Remigiusz Borda; Marian Winiecki (18 March 2014). The Illustrated Ninja Handbook: Hidden Techniques of Ninjutsu. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 41–42. ISBN 978-1-4629-1426-5.
  2. ^ a b Kicking techniques of the Ninja Warriors: Developed for the Battlefield But Effective for the Streets. Black Belt Magazine. Active Interest Media, Inc. August 1997. pp. 81–82. ISSN 0277-3066.
  3. ^ Robert HILL (8 September 2010). World of Martial Arts !. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-557-01663-1.