5th Dan Spirit Combat / 5th Dan AikiJuJutsu / 5th Dan Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu
New Zealand Eagle Spirit Jujitsu was founded in January 1999 in Wanganui, New Zealand, by Kancho Robin Howard and has grown from humble beginnings to become an important milestone for hundreds of current and past students in the Whanganui district and beyond. The organisation has even had foreign students from as far away as Greenland, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan.
The style teaches components of self-defence, rather than a focus on competition and sport martial art. It is composed of a number of different elements including more traditional Japanese breakfall techniques or 'Ukemi', throwing and sweeping techniques or 'Nage Waza', groundwork techniques or 'Ne Waza', as well as other 'stand-up' striking, blocking and kicking techniques (drawn from Kick-boxing, Karate, Hapkido and Panantukan).
At each belt, the student is required to test against these techniques as well as the ten unique formal techniques or 'forms' of the style, drawn from the organisation's founding English aiki-jujitsu system. There is also a comprehensive weapons syllabus that runs alongside and compliments the adults 'empty hand' syllabus, and which junior students begin learning at the intermediate grade level. This syllabus is drawn from a Filipino Eskrima system learnt and adopted by Kancho Robin.
New Zealand Eagle Spirit Jujitsu has a strong community focus and always endeavours to encourage the growth of strong, respectful, and principled individuals. It also endeavours to remove barriers to learning, whether financial, social, cultural, or psychological