About Kobujitsu

In creating Kobujitsu we have reviewed the structure from a traditional Martial Arts approach and from a military perspective in order to build a confident mindset and a solid foundation from which good self defence skill can develop.

We have scoured the ‘Arts’ for the best techniques in any attack scenario to bring our students the best possible chances of surviving if they are attacked. Where there is a gap in a specific style we have filled it with excellence and track proven responses from another.

Kobujitsu is a strong hard Style incorporating locks, throws, takedowns, restraints, pressure points, defences against and the whole systems available of strikes and kicking techniques. Martial Arts are a disciplined form and there has to be hard underlying principles which must be understood and applied for students to maximise their reward from the learning the Kobujitsu (KJ) system.

The Formation of Kobujitsu

“The difference between Martial Arts and Self Defence is two fold. Firstly in Self Defence you find out very quickly what techniques are ineffective, and secondly you don’t need great skill or perfect technique to be a great self defence practitioner”

Most clubs gear student training toward Sport Competition. This is fine; but completely misses the point when it comes to self defence – when you are attacked at your greatest point of vulnerability, often unexpected, from a point of disadvantage and taking damage before you are aware of the situation.

Traditional Martial Arts are not structured to teach people how to properly respond in times when they actually need self defence skills.

Kobujitsu has a back library of one thousand three hundred techniques across eighteen belt levels to test students ability against. With an expansive syllabus covering all areas of fighting; Kobujitsu has been designed with a ‘no fluff’ approach to bring the right material at the right level. We do not patronise students with basic material dip fed through a elongated syllabus. You learn and earn your stripes at every class.

In founding the technical base for Kobujitsu we looked at the position the student was fighting from, and what they would want to do with their opponent. We mapped the three best Martial Arts to deal with the demands of that specific moment [with variation and pain level response to augment or de-escalate situations] to the appropriate response. This became the backbone for Kobujitsu.

Every Martial Art has strengths and weaknesses. We spent several years filling the voids between Martial Art Styles and to build a syllabus that is front end loaded to give the junior belts the skills they actually need to defend themselves when they need it.

Kobujitsu is a development and return to Self Defence as it should be – in the moment and not as a Sport. We teach our students to finalise, control and neutralise conflict, deal with multiple attackers and work unarmed against weapon attacks from class one. By developing scales of response we can meet violence at the right level and respond with the right counter – we also introduce our students to pressure points and how these are fundamentally useful in manipulating an opponent in a violent situation.

I often asked is it better to train under One Master or Two?. In forming Kobujitsu we have compiled the syllabus from twenty six Masters and combined them under one banner. Kobujitsu is not a Mixed Martial Art, it is a Fusion System combining all Arts which is why it stands as its own System.

The Essence of Kobujitsu

Kobujitsu is about giving the skills and ability to ordinary people in order to meet extraordinary circumstances – and survive. It is for the lady caught out at night, for the accountant on the train, for the child who is bullied at school, the mum in an attempted carjacking and for dealing with life’s worst situations. It is about having the skills you need for the most important life changing three seconds – when you need to defend yourself and survive.

The very essence of Kobujitsu is about appreciating the student, giving them praise, giving them the opportunity to earn respect and achievement through their own efforts, inspiring them to be leaders, being a positive example to others and have a skill and mental approach they can draw on at any time. We aspire to make our students ‘inwardly aware’ that they have an influence on themselves and the World around them.

We don’t ‘pamper’, ‘wrap in cotton wool’ or ‘kid-glove’ our students, we teach them to develop a trust and confidence in their gut feeling and instinct, especially when reading unfamiliar environments or potentially aggressive situations. We give our students access to the fullest available syllabus there is to ensure our students have a complete skill set on hand when [and if] they have to use it.

Our minimum teaching age is ten years. This way we do not need to dilute our syllabus to make it kid-friendly. Our classes are 90 minutes, and don’t include ‘safety at home’ ‘stranger danger’ ‘storytime’ or ‘bushcraft techniques’. Our system is not holistic or theorectical but hands on, we dedicate 90% of our time to physical output training more than fifteen responses or variations at every class.

The Kanji of Kobujitsu

Unlike Sport Arts we believe that Martial Arts should have a code of core values that students should relate to and apply throughout their lives. The five core principles of Kobujitsu are Strength, Spirit, Balance, Morality and Integrity. We cannot force respect as it has to be freely earned and awarded.

  1. Strength (Chikara) – physical strength and static mental strength
  2. Spirit (Seishinryokyu) – will, determination and application of the dynamic mind
  3. Balance (Kinkou) – physical, natural, conditioning and mental tolerance and choice
  4. Morality (Bushido Rei) – rules and conducting oneself
  5. Integrity (Seiren) – self aware and acting in the right manner
  6. Respect (Sonkei) – the outcome of our behaviour – how others perceive us


After a review of the weapons used in traditional Karate, Aikido, Eishin Ryu and Ninjutsu Kobujitsu International has determined that a lot of the traditional weapons are now ‘outdated’ or superfluous to 21st Century violence.

We have concentrated our focus on trainable modern weapons: the Knife, Tonfa & Baton, Sword and Sai as these have applications that can be transferred across to improvised everyday items such as walking sticks, umbrellas, brooms, crutches, newspapers or magazines etc.

Kobujitsu has adopted the Martial Art Conduct Authority guidelines not to teach weapons to minors (under 16 years old) and below 2nd Dan. With a minimum age eligibility of 10 years this adheres to this operational requirement.

Technique Videos

Kobujitsu MAI - Round slash with knee strike counters
Kobujitsu MAI - Knife Defence Conditioning
Kobujitsu MAI - Straight stab with guillotine response