Lt. Col. Manaka possesses full licensure in
, ortradition, of unarmed combat primarily based on soft tissue and pressure point attacks),
literally means “bone breaking art”) and
(ninjutsu). He has also been granted teaching licenses for
(a branch of the
family martial traditions that includes several weaponssystems in its teachings),
Takagi Yoshin-Ryu Jutaijutsu
Shinden Fudo-Ryu Daken
(which include a wide variety of unarmed combat methods).However, Manaka Sensei believes, “There is nothing special in receiving these kinds of things. The ability to master things for yourself or to give birth to new things is moreimportant.” With this in mind he founded his own dojo and organization in 1996: the
Jissen Kobudo Jinenkan
The Jinenkan logo incorporates the characters for “Jinenkan” and the clouds and water of Manaka Sensei’s martial name. There is also symbolism created by the three levels of clouds, the three characters, and the three streams of water.
lend themselves to literal translation relatively easily – “realfighting”, “classical martial ways”.
, on the other hand, has shades of meaningthat are not handily described. “The spirit of Zen,” according to Manaka Sensei, “isaccepting that what is, is; what is not, is not. It is the world of Nature itself. This,” heemphasizes, “is the spirit of the Jinenkan. Our intention is to teach, through
[themartial way], the things that are necessary as we go through life.”
Although he has called Noda City in Chiba Prefecture, Japan home for most of his life,Fumio Manaka was born in neighboring Ibaraki Prefecture on December 14, 1945. Hisfamily moved to Noda by the time he was old enough to enter elementary school. Hestarted studying judo in Noda at the age of twelve. “At the time I started, I just wanted to be stronger,” Manaka Sensei notes. Strength wasan issue because he didn’t have much of it as a child. He remembers being taken to seedoctors practically every two days until he was about ten years old because he had aweak immune system and was as a result a sickly child. His parents were so concernedabout his condition that they rarely allowed him to leave the house at all. He finallydecided that the only way he was going to get better was to strengthen himself so,against his parents wishes, he took up swimming and judo. His other motivation fortaking up martial arts was one common to boys his age: “I did not want to lose if I gotinto a fight.” In his second year of studying judo he won first place in individual competition at anorthern Chiba regional junior high school tournament. Masaaki Hatsumi, a
(across between an osteopath and a chiropractor) also from Noda, was a special guest atthe event. When the young Manaka went up to receive his prize he was introduced to theman who would change the course of the rest of his life.