Tetsuken Shin Ryu Bu-Jutsu or The Spirit in the Steel Fist is a modern Martial Arts school based on the traditional and modern schools of Jujutsu, Kobudo, and Iaido. Its founder, Shihan Mikhail Kimovich Dobkin, has been practicing martial arts for over 30 years. In his lifetime he has studied Judo, Sambo, Karate,Jugo ryu / Toide, Bushinkan Ju-Jutsu, Moto-Ha Yoshin Ryu Ju-Jutsu, Hakko Den Shin Ryu Ju-Jutsu and is still practicing some of the Jujutsu styles. He currently has 20 black belts from 1st to 5th  Dan in various styles of Martial Arts.  The technical arsenal of the school is presented bydrillsbased on the traditional gradual methods of learning the basic principles: evasion and maneuvering in a fight, breaking the balance of the opponent, using the power of the attacker against himself, the ability to do the technical moves without much of physical power, applying the knowledge of biomechanics and anatomy.

Our students also learn how to hit the pressure points and other zones of a human body with the help of striking, throwing, turnover, joint locking and joint breaking techniques, releasing from holds, special ways of strengthening the body, psychological training, resuscitation techniques Katsu and Reiki, and others.

 The particular feature of our school is that the basic principles of using various types of weapon are taught at the initial stages of trainings. During the learning process the students take the tests aimed at real usage of basic principles against various forms of attack (Go Shin Jutsu).

 According to Shihan, it will help the students apply the gained techniques of self-defense within a relatively short term of training.

 The training in the Dojo is held in the form of couple and single Katas and full contact combats on different rules with or without sparring gear (guard equipment).


School’s Program

The Program up to the 1st Dan includes the basic elements of breakfalls, throws, strikes, grappling and choking techniques (wadza), breaking the balance (kusushi), evasion and maneuvering (kawashi), using the energy and the weight of the opponent.

At this level a student learns to apply the principle Sen and Sen No Sen which is to take the initiative in a combat before the enemy’s attack.

The 1st Dan level includes the methods of fighting with a short stick (tanbo), a half stick (hanbo), principles of applying the flexible weapon, methods of protection from a knife attack, and the special technique of using a police tonfa.


The 2nd Dan level involves the basic techniques of defense against an opponent’s attack in a real-life combat. It teaches to implement the Go No Sen principle as a way to seize the opening moment of an attack by using the force and inertia of the attacker against himself, and also to combine the basic techniques and pressure points methods. The program demonstrates the techniques of applying a Te No Uchi stick, a knife, advanced Hanbo and Nawa Jutsu combats and disarming techniques.


The 3d Dan discloses the principle of Tai No Sen which is a simultaneous counterattack when a practitioner initially follows the movement of the attacker and counters. This level teaches to attack the cervical spine, and advanced forms of a knife combat and disarming. It also involves the special technique of defense against an assailant armed with a gun.


The 4th Dan level presents Ki-No Sen as a method of taking the initiative on the energy level and manipulating the enemy. It also teaches how to counterattack against the basic techniques.


At the 5th Dan level the Master fully discloses the school’s program including its closed segments and secret elements. This level requires deep comprehension of the school’s principles, tactics and strategy.



An assistant instructor. This title is given to a person who has been practicing Tetsuken Shin Ryu Bu Jutsu not less than 5 years. A Renshi wears a red and black belt. The title requires some personal technical and methodological drill courses. Renshi can be awarded only after 2 years of having the 5th Dan.



The headmaster of a regional school who has been coaching for not less than 10 years.

The title Shihan is awarded not earlier than 3 years after becoming a Renshi. At this level the Tetsuken Shin Ryu Instructor wears a red and white belt.


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