The primary art studied
and taught at Raining Spirit Dojo is called "12-Phases
Hoshinden Jutaijutsu". It was officially formed
by Sylph Dominic Hawkins in 2013. It's name is intended
to demonstrate its lineage and foundations.
Building on Sylph's original study of "Hoshin Jutsu",
the name "Hoshinden" is intended to suggest that it is a
"variation" of the Hoshin ryuha (family line).
The focus of study is on
the physical, mental and emotional skills components
that make up one side of the art. The wording
"Jutaijutsu" is intended to suggest that it is a
physical study of "magical body skill" or "special body
The vehicle used to make
that physical, mental and emotional study is a Martial
Art that looks at life through a framework of "12
fundamentally different qualities that express
themselves at all levels of experience". The wording "12
Phases" is intended to suggest that the overlapping
cycles (phases) of change, which cause these 12
qualities to be advantageous or disadvantageous in
relation to each other, is the framework through which
the art is studied.
In its entirety then, the
art name is intended to suggest:
variation of the Hoshin lineage which uses special
body skills to explore the expressions of 12 different
fundamental qualities which express themselves in
phases and cycles"
It looks at the
"seasons" of life experiences and aims to understand
the benefits and perils of each.
Sylph Hawkins officially
formed the art into a more cohesive structure in 2013
and the fundamental curriculum and framework ideas were
formed between 2006-2013 (drawing from his study of
Hoshin Jutsu from 2001 onwards and his study of Bujinkan
Budo Taijutsu from 2005 onwards).
The primary structure
being a syllabus which classifies martial art techniques
and principals by relative cycling/repeating "qualities"
rather than mere "levels" of study for the student to
Hoshinden Jutaijutsu lineage chart
showing dates that the
various Hoshin arts / interpretations were formed.
To date, since the
official formation of Hoshinden,
there have been three
Teaching Certificates issued. The student's details are
in the lineage chart below: