Seminars and Workshops

November 24th and 25th, 2018

Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu and Kosen Judo Workshop

Takagi Yōshin-ryū Jūtai Jutsu 高木揚心流柔体術

Most famous in the Bujinkan as a "Bodyguard School" with fast and effective jujutsu techniques, and daisho sabaki (jujutsu while wearing both swords in the belt). Other techniques are based around bojutsu. It has been mixed with sumo techniques, Takenouchi Ryu jujutsu and others. Takagi Yoshin Ryu has been handed down together with Kukishinden Ryu for generations. The Takagi Yoshin Ryu uses many techniques that appear similar to judo and aikido, but goes further in that when the techniques are applied it's made difficult for the opponent to escape by rolling or break falling. These are very close quarter techniques with the opponent held close - a result of the techniques being developed in buildings. Students are taught to use speed, look the opponent in the eyes and use their impulse and weight. Also translated as "Heart of the Willow Tree School".

Kosen judo (高專柔道 Kōsen jūdō) is a variation of the Kodokan Judo Institute 公益財団法人講道館 competitive ruleset that was developed and flourished at the kōtō senmon gakkō (高等専門学校) (kōsen (高專)) technical colleges in Japan in the first half of the twentieth century. Kosen judo's rules allow for greater emphasis of ne-waza (寝技, ground techniques) than typically takes place in competitive judo and it is sometimes regarded as a distinct style of judo.[1]

Today, the term "kosen judo" is frequently used to refer to the competition ruleset associated with it that allows for extended ne-waza. Such competition rules are still used in the Nanatei Jūdō / Shichitei Jūdō (七帝柔道 Seven Imperials Judo) competitions held annually between the seven former Imperial universities. Similarly, there has been a resurgence in interest in Kosen judo in recent years due to its similarities with Brazilian jiu jitsu


Sean Askew Started the Bujinkan in 1984, he lived in Japan 15 years and lived in China for almost 4 years. Sean holds Jugodan (15th Degree) rank in the Bujinkan Dojo and a Sandan (3rd Degree) in Kosen Judo while he lived in Japan for ten years (1991-2001) and spent time training under Noguchi Shihan and Hatsumi Soke, as well as the Bujinkan, Dai-Shihan.

He also graduated from Sophia University with a degree in Japanese Language & History, and a minor in Japanese Religions during his stay in Japan.

His martial background includes Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Kosen Judo, and Japanese shoot-fighting.

Sean taught from his Bujinkan Kokusai Renkoumyo organization while living in the US from 2001 to 2006, at which time he moved back to Japan and settled in China. In 2011, he moved to Chicago, IL.

Price: At the Door $130.00 for both days. $65.00 for 1 day For Tickets and Early Bird Specials discounts click: Tickets