GUNNEDAH’S Phil Hinshellwood, the Australian head master of the Yagyu Shingan Ryu jiu jitsu discipline, has a special guest.
Sensei Shimazu Kenji is in Australia on a tour to “teach the teachers”.
Yagyu Shingan Ryu was formed about 400 years ago, Phil Hinshellwood told The Leader.
“It’s a school developed by the samurai in 16th-century Japan and been passed down from generation to generation. We have about 16 students in Gunnedah," he said.
“He’s out here to pass on some more of the tradition and techniques.”
Pictured above, are, from left, Sensei Shimazu Kenji, Phil Hinchellwood (Narrabri), Per Eriksson (Sweden), John Hinshellwood (Gunnedah), John Miro (Tamworth), Mike Brady (Gunnedah), Simon Louis (Moree), Mikey Eriksson (Sweden), Hayden Bennett (Tamworth), Daniel Hill (Tamworth), Jarrod Eather (Gunnedah) and Luis Luzuriaga (Gunnedah).