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History of Go Rin Pou

Go-Rin-Pou Ryu was founded by Thomas Bellamy, 6th dan Ju Jitsu, 2nd dan Karate, 6th 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 can be traced directly to the origins of ju-jitsu in ancient Japan.

Takenouchi Nakatsukasadayu Hisamori , a member of the ancient Minamoto clan founded Takenouchi Ryu on the 24th June 1532. Takenouchi Ryu is a koryu sogo bujutsu or complete Japanese martial art.  The Minimoto's were heavily involved in the Daito Ryu founded in 850 AD by Senwa Tenno the first Grand Master. From 894 AD Minamoto Tsukamoto the 2nd Grand Master of  Daito Ryu, for over 300 years the grand masters of Daito Ryu were from the Minimoto family and then from 11th century Tadeka Kyomitsu continued Daito Ryu in as Takeda Ryu.

Takenouchi Ryu continues for some centuries under several grand masters but one of Takenouchi Hitachinsuke Hisakatsu's students (the second grand master of Tackenouchi Ryu) Tsutsumi Yama Shironorakami Hozan  (or Tsutsumi Yamashiro no kami Hozan)  founded Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu in 1658 at Nigata, Honshu Island.  

Since Tsutsumi Hozan was the 12th disciple of the priest Jion, it is safe to assume that the sword style of Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu would have been based upon Jion’s Nen Ryu. Hozan was also adept with the jitte and at a master of Ju Jitsu, originally referred to as yoroi kumi (grappling in armor). Traditionally, Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu also included the yari (spear), bo (staff), torinawa or hojojutsu (tying techniques), and kusarigama. Some also suggest the manriki or manriki-gusari(chain) and chigiriki and jo (staff and chain) may have been included in the system. A comprehensive system of Ju Jitsu techniques including from, seated positions, standing positions, weapons defence, and special healing methods and resuscitation (kappo) were features of the style.  Katas such as Kimi No Kata and Itsutsu no Kata can be traced directly through this lineage.

Tsutsumi Hozan believed that kata training alone would not develop the ability to respond rapidly to attack he tried to introduce a method of training the reflexes. Meeting with resistance within the Takenuchi Ryu Tsutsumi left in order to further develop the art and incorporate reflex training. To date students of Tsutsumi Ryu and its decendants are still promoted according to their performance on reflex gradings.  

Tsutsumi Masao, the second grand master of Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu was officially the last Tsutsumi Grandmaster and died in 1898. Among his students were Higashi. K, Saito. K (7th Dan), and Saito. S (8th Dan). 

Tsutsumi and Higashi were involved in the development of Kano Jujitsu, the precursor to Judo. Professor Kano’s original intention being to bring together into one system the best of the Jujitsu schools, Tsutsumi contributed greatly to the expansion of the Kano Jujitsu system.

Higashi co-authored a book with Irving Hancock entitled "The Complete Kano Jujitsu".  

in the early 1900's the Saito brothers moves to Samerang on Java Island in Indonesia where they worked in a factory with the father of Jan de Jong. Although the Saito brothers did not at the time  continue the Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu school, they were convinced to take on one student. The two Japanese brothers taught Jan de Jong from 1927 to 1945 and passed on the Menkyo Kaiden.  After many armed and unarmed combat encounters during World War II Soke Jan de Jong (9th dan) moved to Perth Western Australia in 1952. Jan de Jong's son Hans de Jong Shihan faithfully  continues the  Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu.

The curriculum of Go Rin Pou today carries with it the legacy of  Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu and the experiences of Soke Jan de Jong.  Many of the techniques are "as taught" and the principals are  in tact.

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