jiushin kan malta
Established in 2000, Jiushin Kan Malta is run by the Bajada brothers, and has as its quarters the Jiushin Kan (dojo) in Luqa. It is dedicated to the comprehensive art of jujutsu (or jiu-jitsu).
Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu consists of striking and grappling, both stand-up and ground, hence the viability of the system for self-defence, and its validation in MMA competition.
Jiushin Kan Malta serves its founding purpose as a budo (way of martial arts) institute. As a fully-fledged martial arts dojo/organisation, Jiushin Kan Malta is committed to providing the best possible up-to-date training methods, paired with traditional values and etiquette. This is the philosophy of Jiushin Kan Malta and Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu.
Generally speaking, competition in not the main focus of the Jiushin Kan; however, students who show interest in competition, and who are committed to train accordingly, are given the opportunity and properly prepared according to the event. A specialized competition team has been created for this purpose.
Official Naming - Jiushin Kan Malta - Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu
On the 1st of July 2013 in Kyoto, Japan, the Bajada brothers were called upon by Tesshin Hamada Hanshi of the DNBK.
Hamada Hanshi honoured the brothers with the dojo name Jiushin Kan, meaning “hall of the true ideals of yawara (another name for jujutsu)”. He presented the brothers with his kodachi bokuto, after imprinting the kanji of Jiushin Kan on one side and motto: “shin ki tai ittoh - mind, body, spirit as one, you will prevail”, on the other.
It was here established that the jujutsu system taught at the Jiushin Kan would now be called Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu (school of the true ideals of yawara).
The Meaning Behind the Emblem
The White and Red: the colours of the Maltese and Japanese flags.
The Red Circle on a White Background: the Hinomaru (circle of the sun) of the Japanese flag. Japan is east of the Asian continent and the sun rises in the East. Thus, it is known as the land of the rising sun.
The Maltese Cross: the eight points symbolize the eight virtues out-lined by the Knights of St. John, which are very similar to the virtues of the samurai.
The Japanese Kanji: “jiu shin kan”, meaning “hall of the true ideals of yawara (another name for jujutsu)”. Jiu/ju - principle of yawara, shin - truism/high ideals/truth, kan - hall.
The Fan: the fan represents the flowing techniques of jujutsu and the smooth drawing and cutting in iaido.
The Blue: the blue colour represents the sea that surrounds the Maltese and Japanese islands. The light hue represents the soft nature of water; the dark shade signifies its powerful elements; while water is soft and supple, it is one of nature’s most powerful and dominating agents.
The Cherry Blossom: the cherry blossom symbolizes a degree of maturity within the individual; it gracefully glides to the ground, even after it withers.
The Outer Border of the Emblem: Yata no Kagami (octagonal mirror); rather than reflecting the outer appearance of a person, it reflects the inner self and symbolizes wisdom and honesty.