The original meaning in Japanese of Shinken Shobu is sword fighting or duelling with live blades. A Shinken is a live or killing blade. In more commonly used Japanese, Shinken has the meaning of earnest or serious and Shobu meaning a match or fight. Shinken Shobu means a serious fight.
The term Aiki, means the coming together of the spirit. Ju means gentle or soft and Jutsu means art or technique. Aiki is the driving force or mental attitude behind the technique, Jujutsu is the ease with which the technique is applied. Aiki Jujutsu is an effective technique applied with serious attitude and minimum effort.
Shinken Shobu Ryu Aiki Jujutsu is the art of applying a simple but effective technique, executed with a serious yet calm attitude as effortlessly as possible, quickly rendering the attacker powerless to retaliate whilst always keeping the possibility of death in mind.
Shinken Shobu Ryu Aiki Jujutsu is a modern style formulated in 1985 at the Shobukan Dojo in New Barnet Herts. The style is a no frills, direct approach to being attacked. A characteristic of this style is a short, sharp, shock approach to self-protection, executed with ease and precision. There are no elaborate or flamboyant moves. Simplicity and effectiveness are a priority with the emphasis on attention to detail. This makes the style easy to learn, simple to perform and a joy to practise. It is primarily a defensive art but does not rule out a pre-emptive strike.