about an hour north
a long drive, but I hear there is Enshin in Charlotte.
Kuniba Soke was real, he owned several schools in the Tidewater Virginia area such as VA Beach and his HQ was in Portsmouth, VA. He was authorized to expand his system of Seishinkai via the very old Budo federation in Japan that at one time governed all martial arts in Japan, including Judo before the Kodokan was identified as the world governing body of Judo. This was also before the formation of the IJF(International Judo Federation). Many MA instructors and BLK BLTS sought Kuniba Soke to teach them and requested they fall under his umbrella. Goshin Do/Jutsu is a legitmate Ju Jutsu style. Not to be confused with Goshin Jutsu Judo Kata created in the 50's from a board of Judo/JuJutsu/Aikido Grandmasters.
we have a Goshin-Jitsu "school" here in Salt Lake City, Utah, used to be at the SHIN institute (a therapy and psychiatry program), but now it is housed at the Columbus Community Center. I walked by them the other day (I was on my way to my Kendo and Iaido class down the hall), and stuck my head in to see what they were up to, the "sensei" asked me to stay and study, and I told him "no thanks," and he said "broaden your horizons" or some such BS, I should have asked him to join us, instead? Anyhow he was wearing a red and white belt, which is supposed to be something like seventh degree, not sure if he is even thirty years old. Looks like a great class for kids (which they have), they all wearing their little black and/or white gis, mostly looks like kempo stuff, some punches and kicks, hands up and such, and those kids having fun, doesn't look like much harm, and they are getting something out of it, throwing kicks and punching, might not be a bad place to just start out for someone ten years old. Sadly, there is some real (USA) Judo, also, down the hall, and I would rather have my kids taking something that would lead to something. There is also Shorin karate there on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Martin Hing is a great guy and a good teacher. Anyhows, the red and white belt thing bout cracks me up, but what's a man to do!? :hitit:
Before Judo became an Olympic Sport the ONLY governing body was the Kodokan, period. Yes, Kano was a member of many historical bujutsu/budo groups, but to assert that ANY of them were over the Kodokan as far as Judo was concerned is simply not correct.
Also, there is a VERY hard side to Judoka who have to fight in the real world, (cops notably) as I have seen first hand. They had NO need to look outside of the system for what they needed to do "real world self-defense."
The red and white belt is SUPPOSED to mean teacher. Let me explain from a Judo stand point.
Up to Godan (5th degree) its really about your Judo. What YOU can do and how well you can do it. When you hit Rokudan (6th and red & white) its now about your ability to teach someone ELSE how to create THEIR Judo. How good is it if I can only teach my best move? No, that belt is supposed to mean I can teach judo successfully to ANYONE.
My test for it took almost a week at the Spirit of the Eagle camp and lasted several hours each day. You have NO idea how pissed I get when I see that belt around the waist of someone who is clueless.....