Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu Leadership.
Lloyd Allum Hanshi is the chosen Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu style Keishosha 継承者. (successor / inheritor a decision made by the style founder Hanshi Hobbs and a signed letter of authority issued)
This means Sensei Allum has the responsibility and duty to preserve the style of Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu and the techniques and values within, as Keishosha 継承者 Allum Hanshi has the final word on all matters relating to Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu.
History of Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu
one of the styles we teach today in the kotokukan school of martial arts was preserved by Col. (Ret ) R J Hobbs, Hanshi Sensei Hobbs began his study of Kamishin Ryu Jujutsu in 1969, directly under Sensei Albert C. Church, Jr. Sensei Hobbs having previously studied Judo and Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu progressed rapidly. Following Sensei Church's passing in 1980, Sensei Hobbs shifted his focus to Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu. That was made all the more possible due to Sensei Hobbs' posting to Japan that same year. Over time Sensei Hobbs became concerned with what was being passed off as Kamishin-Ryu Jujutsu. Fortunately, in 1985, whilst teaching a course in Idaho Sensei Hobbs met up with an old friend Earnie Robinson, who like Sensei Hobbs was one of the few people who had learned the complete, original Kamishin Ryu Jujutsu syllabus created by Sensei Church. Sensei Hobbs and Sensei Robinson worked together and by using their recollections, hand written and typed notes, old waza lists from more than one source, and material from Sensei Church and Harry Shupla (now deceased). Sensei Shupla was a direct student of Sensei Church and Sensei Hobbs' step-father. When Sensei Hobbs and Sensei Robinson had finished they had a remarkably fine product. The two of them were rightly proud, because they had retrieved and saved a system of combat that was on the verge of extinction. This body of work was renamed KoKamishin Ryu Jujutsu, with the "Ko" meaning the old, original version of Kamishin Ryu Jujutsu. Sensei Hobbs demonstrated and taught KoKamishin Ryu in Europe and the United States. In 1985 he demonstrated and taught the art, along with Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu, at a course in Paris sponsored by Sensei Roland Maroteaux. England produced Europe's first KoKamishin Ryu black belt, Inspector Michael Miles of the Suffolk Constabulary. He actively taught KoKamishin ryu before retiring in 1995, at which time Sensei Miles handed over the Ipswich KoKamishin ryu dojo to one of his senior students, Sensei Lloyd Allum, who continued to teach kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu as a direct student of Sensei Hobbs. In April 2014 R.J. Hobbs Hanshi passed the worldwide leadership of Kokamishin Ryu Jujustu to Lloyd Allum Hanshi.
Certification in Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu
The issuing of certificates of rank in Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu is carefully controlled, this is in order to produce top quality martial art practicioners that have a thorough knowledge of the art they are graded in, by this we mean they are taught the true teachings of the art that have been passed down over the years rather than just learning enough Waza to comply with the typically extremely short three monthly grading sessions. Unfortunately in the UK there are some ex students of Hanshi Hobbs (under the Dentokan) that recently have decided to issue unauthorised Certificates of grade in Kamishin Ryu Jujutsu, it is worth noting that as far as Hanshi Allum is aware these sensei were originally graded in Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu (at that time known as kokamishin Ryu aiki Jutsu) they therefore have no connection with any Kamishin Ryu Aiki jutsu schools, furthermore they have not been issued a teaching licence in Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu, regrettably this means that the kotokukan Budo Rengokai Hombu cannot recognise the ranks or titles given to unsuspecting martial art students by these unlicenced Dojo's.
Kamishin ryu development
Albert C. Church Jr, considered by some to be the Jusandai-Soke (13th generation head-family), began studying Jujutsu and Judo in 1939 at the age of nine years old. Seven years later in 1946 at the age of sixteen, Sensei Church opened his first Jujutsu school at the Birmingham, Alabama athletic club.
Albert C. Church Jnr.
Four years later at the age of twenty, Sensei Church joined the U.S. Marines and left for a two year tour of duty in Korea. It was in Korea during the Korean War that Sensei Church met and began training with Kim Chi Wang in Shorinji Tetsuken Ryu Kempo (at this time called So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Bup (Do). At that time the system was a small self-defence discipline similar to Hapkido of today. Sensei Church earned the equivalent of a Sandan in So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Bup before returning to the U.S. in 1952. He then re-established his Jujutsu school, this time including Sensei Wang's Churl Kwon Bup in the dojo curriculum. Sensei Church continued teaching these arts and training in other arts such as Shito Ryu and Hakko Ryu as well. Kim Chi Whang (pronounced Kin Ki-Oh in Japanese) moved to Japan in 1956. In 1967, at the age of thirty-seven, Sensei Church received word that Sensei Ki-Oh was very ill. Furthermore, Sensei Ki-Oh requested that Sensei Church come to Japan to be with him. Sensei Church subsequently moved his family to the Kanagawa area of Japan that same year. While there Sensei Church also trained with several Japanese Masters in addition to Sensei Ki-Oh. By this time the art of So Rim Sa Churl Kwon Bup had become known as Shorinji Tetsuken Ryu in Japan. Other than Sensei Ki-Oh, Sensei Church's most notable teachers in Japan Shojo Kuniba and Teruo Hayashi of Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Karate-Do, and Ryuho Okuyama Ryuho of Hakko Ryu Jujutsu. Ii was in November of 1967 that Sensei Ki-Oh died. It was his desire that the inheritance of Shorinji Tetsuken Ryu Kempo be passed to Sensei Church. In 1969 Sensei Kuniba prepared a scroll recognizing Sensei Church as the Soke (Head of Family) of Shorinji Tetsuken Ryu Kempo / Nippon Kamishin Ryu Kobudo and Kaicho (Director) of the newly founded Nippon Kobudo Rengokai. Note: In this context Kobudo means Old Martial Art and should not be confused with Okinawa Kobudo. Sensei Church moved back to the U.S. in late 1969 and began formalizing the teachings of his Kamishin Ryu. In 1980, at the young age of fifty, Albert C. Church Jr. died.