Symbols of Colney Heath Ju-Jitsu

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The Gingerleaf Mon


The Japanese Mon fulfils a similar role to European Heraldry in that it is a symbol of family lineage. However, in Japan, mons were not restricted to the aristocracy. Merchants and artisans developed their own types of 'logo'. Unlike European heraldry, the subject of the design was virtually unlimited. Traditional themes, such as cranes (for longevity) were popular, but flowers and leaves, everyday objects (such as nesting boxes, cart wheels and balances) were also used. The gingerleaf Mon is the crest of the Nabushima family whom the Fujii families were, in olden times, retainers. Fujii sensei came to England in 1978 to teach mainly Kendo and laido. He was one of the leading sensei to coach the England Kendo team. He gave his blessing and patronage to the Ju-Jitsu sensei that he taught and invited them to come under the Kenseikai umbrella, and to use the family crest. He has now retired and resides in the United Kingdom.


The Hannya Mask


In order to differentiate the Kendo and Ju-Jitsu schools, Kenseikai Ju-Jitsu adopted the Hannya mask. Masks of this sort belong to the Noh tradition of play's in Japan and Hannya appears in several stories. Hannya belongs to the supernatural world and is seen in Noh play's as a character dressed in gold and silver costume, often with fish-scale design which shows the character in not mortal. The eyes and mouth of the mask are often painted gold. Hannya is female, and her frightening face can be thought of as intimidating your enemies, and therefore she is on your side.

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The Yin/Yang symbol

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Yin and Yang represent two balancing forces. We at Colney Heath have adopted it to represent the way Goshin-Ryu Ju-Jitsu combines age old Traditional ways with those required for today's world, and the way in which we bring together techniques from different forms of self-defence.