Ikiyōyō  (Spirits Rising)

Quality does not spring from a single moment, person or thought. A collective of outstanding martial artists contribute to Ikiyōyō-Ryu Bujutsu.

Every student that has entered  Ikiyōyō Dojo has contributed to the knowledge and teaching of Ikiyōyō-Ryu Bujutsu 

*all instructors have current DBS and are subject to safer recruitment processes 

創始者  (Sōshisha/Founder)

Jacob Sibley 8th Dan

Since 1992 Jacob's training has included traditional Japanese martial arts as well traditional and modern martial arts from Asia, Europe and Latin America. This gives a thorough understanding of the context and effectiveness of action in Bujutsu.

Jacob has a unique and powerful understanding of biomechanics through decades of teaching movement in martial arts, circus, mime and physical theatre.  Ikiyōyō-Ryu Bujutsu combines physical and emotional learning promoting a complete and effective realisation of martial arts.

Jacob has a long professional career as an educator and is a qualified teacher (PGCE). Expertise in physical training is augmented by wide knowledge of global martial arts and performance anthropology and teaching methods.

Jacob is a Board Member of the European Martial Arts Federation (founded 2001)

Jacob was awarded the title Kyoshi  in 2020 by Kodo Butoko Remnei 


The co-founders' commitment, creativity and counsel has enabled the refinement of art, movement and philosophy. 

Tom Wells Shihan 6th Dan an excellent exponent of Bujutsu with knowledge and skills which refine and contextualise action in the dojo. An education professional (PGCE), he has taught drama, movement and literacy for decades.  Both seasoned performer and fighter. His skills as a martial artist and educator support experiential learning as well as tangible  outcomes.

Neil Cole Shihan 6th Dan is an outstanding Bujutsu practitioner who’s application of all arts is both devastating and creative. As a medical doctor he brings anatomical knowledge and ‘impact assessment’ to all techniques in the Ryu. He is a trainer of GPs (PGCE(GP)) which gives him great insight into teaching and learning. Military training experience and marksmanship also bring an additional perspective to the Ryu

Alex Shortland Renshi 5th Dan has exceptional skills in Bujutsu. His diversity in approaches to movement learning includes styles of karate and kenjutsu. Decades as a paramedic gives him an extensive medical and anatomical knowledge as well as frontline experience in conflict and stress management. A qualified shiatsu practitioner bringing knowledge of holistic health. He is a trainer (HEIL6MSLAP)) and mentor within the NHS and his skills in educating others make a valuable contribution to the Ryu

The greatest skill the co-founders possess is kindness.

Hachidan Certificate Jacob

Rokudan Certificates Neil and Tom

Godan (5th Dan) certificate Alex