Aka Bara Bushido

We teach Traditional Ju-Jitsu and Self Defence, also the Japanese Archery KyuJutsu.

Please see below more on what we teach, or go to our Instructors pages to see more about who will be teaching the classes.


Ju-Jitsu means the art of gaining victory by yielding or pliancy, also spelt Jiu-Jitsu and Ju-Jutsu.

In its fullest form this was an art of the Samurai warriors, this gives us a martial art with probably the largest repertoire of techniques, some over a thousand years old, to name a few: Attacking presaure points, vulnerable areas and joints with kicks or strikes, grappling and locking of joints, breaking bones and dislocation of joints, any of these could be used with a take-down or throw. Ju-Jitsu can be deadly but we teach to use minimum force necessary.

Many other arts have sprung from Ju-Jitsu: Judo, Aikido and Wado Ryu Karate, to name a few, as these were all created by Ju-Jitsu Masters, who took only some of the elements to make their own arts. Many new systems are “Do’s”, which means “the way’, as above Karatedo, Aikido, Kendo and Judo, as they are modern systems that only follow the former way of training, not strictly a fighting system, many are now more sport than combat.


Kyūjutsu (弓術) (“art of archery”) is the traditional Japanese martial art of wielding a yumi bow as practiced by the samurai class of feudal Japan. Although the samurai are perhaps best known for their swords, kyūjutsu was actually considered a more vital skill for a significant portion of Japanese history. During the majority of the Kamakura period through the Muromachi period (c.1185–c.1568), the bow was almost exclusively the symbol of the professional warrior.

KyuJutsu differs from Kyūdō (弓道) (“the way of archery), as Kyudo tends to have descended from ceremonial or contemplative practice. Therefore, the emphasis tends to be more on aesthetics or teach the form as a meditation in action.

Kyūjutsu, like many other martial arts, is a graded system and does not simply consist of learning how to hit a target with a bow and arrow.  There are traditions and rituals that are followed which date back deep into samurai history and the teaching of samurai history and samurai battles.  As well as that, students that wish to grade will need to display a rounded knowledge on the make up and types of bows and arrows that were used by the Samurai as well as a good knowledge of Japanese history and will be required to shoot in lots of various scenarios including standing, kneeling, laying down, in formations and whilst on the move both walking and running.

Our style of KyuJutsu

The Style of KyuJutsu we practice is the YamaBushi Ryu (Mountain Warrior Style), which started in Germany in the Bushikan dojo in Herne (when the founder bought it back from Japan), the art soon spread to other dojos in Germany, Ireland and the UK.

We are a founding member of the Kyūjutsu International Federation, which was founded in February 2020 in response to the growing number of clubs all over Europe that are teaching the art of Kyūjutsu.

Our Instructors for courses and grading are:

Shihan Larry McEnroe 7th Dan Jiu-Jitsu, 5th  Dan Kyujutsu, 1st Dan KenJutsu.

Kyoshi Malcolm Holmes 8th Dan Jiu-Jitsu, 1st Dan Kyujutsu.

Sensei Pauline Holmes 4th Dan Jiu-Jitsu, 1st Dan Kyujutsu.

Sensei Martin Westbrook 3rd Dan Jiu-Jitsu, 1st Dan Kyujutsu.

Our Group (the only North of Luton) is run by:

Prof. Andy Manwaring 8th Dan Ju-Jitsu, 4th Kyu KyuJutsu.