Go Rin No Sho

The essential principle of Ju-Jitsu is to conquer the enemy with any and all means using minimal force. This demands from its followers a strict conformity to various disciplines. 

Jujitsuka must: 

-  be able to judge the force of an opponent's attack and use it against him before it takes effect; 

-  in the course of a confrontation, be able to bring an opponent off balance; 

-  if possible, completely evade an attack; 

-  know how to attack without necessarily being able to reach the weak points; 

-  know how to topple an opponent by making use of leverage; 

-  know how to immobilize an opponent by holding him down on the ground, twisting his limbs, bending his limbs or strangling him; 

- know how to strike the vital points of the body in such a way as to produce loss of consciousness, serious injury and even death. 

In actual fact, the older art of Ju-jutsu for warriors, as distinct from its modern descendants, aimed to annihilate the enemy and render him completely powerless and then killing him often with a blade or other lethal technique. This principal intention led warriors to practice and use all kinds of dangerous, often fatal, techniques. Ju-jutsu was first developed and practised by the Samurai, then by the Ninja, and finally spread among the rest of the populace to become an offensive technique and sometimes used unconscionably by bandits and thugs. From this stems the bad reputation which it has never lost. 

Go-Rin-Pou Ryu was founded by Thomas Bellamy, 6th dan Ju Jitsu, 2nd dan Karate, 4th dan Judo. Also an expert in Kali, Escrima, Arnis, Akido, Iaido, Pentjak Silat and Jeet Kune Do under Dan Insonato ( Bruce Lee’s Right Hand man).    The Go-Rin-Pou system draws heavily from the teachings of Soke Jan de Jong’s Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu, and other  qualifications and styles, It brings together Musashi's 5 elements and preserves the lost art of Kazushi, a key element in transferring practiced technique into practically applicable, “real life” self defence that actually works.  Soke Jan de Jong’s  lineage in Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu & Takeuchi Ryu can be traced directly to the origins of ju-jitsu in ancient Japan.

The style emphasises choosing the best combination of the five elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Wind & Void, to present the best chance of responding appropriately to an attack.


Earth is embodied in your immovable mind. Grounded Ki as is used in a Zen Kutsu dachi stance & deliberate attacking placement of Irimi are both examples of the earth element. - Forcing the solution


Water element is in the total penetration of the attackers defences like water flowing into empty spaces flows to the most vulnerable area of the opponent. 

The passive resistance of water harmlessly absorbs the attack. O irimi senkai is an example of Water ( also known as Negotiation )


Fire is aggressive and all-consuming and comes into play when you need  to accomplish your goal at all costs,  especially when dealing with life or death situations.

Kiai is an example of fire. Attacking force with force and fire with fire. Fire can be used to simply over spirit your opponent ( or to use the vernacular “psych them out. ”Nagashi is an example of Fire - Winning through yielding, redirecting an attacking force to work against the attacker


Redirect an opponent attacks without injury to either party, wind technique is circular, rendering the defender untouchable and almost impossible to grab. Wind moves in all directions left, right ,forwards backwards up and down. 

By using the wind principle you can create you own whirlwind. Irimi senkai is an example of Wind – sometimes known as ‘Mutual Agreement’ 


Void is the most powerful element once it is understood.

It means to treat your enemy as an honoured guest. It also means to abandon your life or throw away fear. Tune in to rhythm of a situation and understand the harmony and timing of nature.  An attack becomes “no attack”, intention becomes "no intention". Another benefit of the void is that you do not communicate your ability to respond to an attack before it is commenced, giving you full advantage of the attackers commitment.  When using void, whether it is a strike, a redirection or an evasion,  at the same time anger of the attack and the energy of the response is let into nothingness.

Okuri is an example of Void. It, by nature, is a presenter of options.

Because neither evil nor benevolence can exist in void, void becomes a virtue in its own right.

You can read more about the 5 elements in Musashi's book, Go Rin No Sho ( the book of five rings ) 

Other Principal used by the Go Rin Pou Style are:

The principle of Redirection (rechannelling the force):

 In Jujitsu we do not clash with or directly oppose an opponent’s strength or force, rather we harmonize with it, avoid it and redirect it back to the attacker. Controlled redirection does not just knock aside the force of an attack but makes use of it. The opponent’s energy is accepted and redirected. We move naturally with the moves of the opponent, not in opposition to them. For example the Jujitsuka (an exponent of Jujitsu) intersects a punch then accelerates it and thus unbalances the attacker by virtue of redirected momentum. Jujitsu is the art of deflecting, redirecting, evading and blending force, using minimal strength for maximum effectiveness. It allows for minimum employment of one’s own muscular force.

The principle of balance:

Balance is the key factor in Jujitsu. An opponent will lose his balance by virtue of redirected momentum. Momentum is an expression of the opponent’s Ki. The attacker’s Ki is led to the point of unbalance.


Balance is that which enables one to preserve one’s psychic and physical equilibrium during the endless varieties of dynamic changes of position one’s body makes when executing Jujitsu skills. The equilibrium point for the human body is constantly changing.

Balance in Jujitsu refers to the balance between hard and soft, body and spirit and between thought and act. Our own inner balance must be maintained in the face of challenging situations, not only encountered in Jujitsu but in life. The unbalancing of an opponent occurs both mentally and physically making him lose control of the situation.

The principle of Ki:

 Jujitsu uses co-ordinated Ki in harmony with the circumstances of combat. Ki is basically life force, or energy. Ki is concentrated by mental and physical concentration that helps the Ju jitsuka overcome a superior force. This state of co-ordinated energy is essential and accompanies all other Jujitsu principles.

Ju-Jutsu provides for an effective integration of the attacker’s and defender’s Ki. Ki can be focused and projected to produce a power greater than physical strength.

Kiai is a physical extension of Ki. It involves deep abdominal breathing and mental projection in the channel of a shout in a co-ordinated direction. There are three types of Kiai: Stopping, focusing and winding/multiple.

The principle of Circularity:

Many Jujitsu techniques rely on this principle. The circle may be as large as a hip throw or as small as a wrist twist. Circular movements make use of the laws of physical forces, momentum, leverage and inertia whereas linear concepts tend to directly oppose force. “Marui” refers to round circular movements involved in moving. Effective mastery of this principle will continue to keep the opponent off balance, mainly through pivotal action.