Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu

Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu is a style of American Jujutsu founded in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York by the late Great Grandmaster "Doctor" Moses Powell. Sanuces means “Survival By Simplicity". Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu is a combination of PIA Nerve Striking, Bando, Goshin-Do Karate, Boxing, and everything else Doc Powell had acquired from Grand Professor Visitacion. Sanuces Ryu aims to use the powerfulness of Karate, the agility of Boxing, the speed of Arnis Stick Fighting and the nerve attacks and joint locking of Jujutsu.

"Doc" Moses Powell

"Doc" Moses Powell, Soke Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu
"Doc" Moses Powell, Soke Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu

Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell (10th degree Red Belt) had approximately 50 years of martial arts experience. Dr. Powell was one of the leading instructors of his time. He is the founder of Sanuces Ryu Eye To Eye Systems of Jiu Jitsu. His search for realism in the martial arts took him around the world, where he was constantly tested in various training halls. This made him strive for perfection and greatness.

Dr. Powell knew that to achieve perfection and greatness in martial arts, one's mind and body had to be honed and pushed beyond limits. This commitment to mental and physical acuteness would be evident in his martial life. He was such an amazing specimen! When it came to physical conditioning and martial arts, he was a "GURU". Dr. Powell had the physique of a wrestler, lumberjack, and longshoreman, but moved with the speed of a cheetah, the gracefulness of a gazelle, and the deadliness of a rattler. He also possessed a martial mind second to none. The way in which he "created" movements was humbling and terrifying at times. When it comes to close quarter combat, he is  what we call the "TRUTH".

Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell trained in various forms of martial arts (Boxing, Vee Jitsu Te, Vee Jitsu Ryu, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Tomiki Aikido, and others). He was also proficient in weaponry (Katana, Jo, Tanto, Arnis sticks, Sai, Yuwara sticks, and Nunchaku). Dr. Powell credits Professor Florendo M. Visitacion (founder of Vee Jitsu Systems) with instilling in him the knowledge and confidence to becomea great martial artist. He also credits his first sensei with changing his entire outlook on life. Professor Vee brought him focus on many levels. Dr. Powell then focused and sacrificed his entire life in search of perfection within the martial arts. He created Sanuces Ryu Eye To Eye Systems of Jiu Jitsu. Due to the plethora of knowledge Dr. Powell possessed, he divided his art into two distinct components. The first component is Sanuces Ryu Jiu Jitsu. At the basic level

Sanuces Ryu Jiu Jitsu means sure-ality, spirituality, simplicity, and survival. At its highest level it means something much greater. This information along with the second component of Dr. Powell's art are reserved for students of the Schools of Moses Powell.

Through martial arts Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell reached many people around the world. As a humanitarian he helped to reform predicate felons through martial arts and social/mental enhancement. He was also known for his efforts to uplift the African American community worldwide. This quality was selfless, honorable, and impactful. For this and his continued efforts, Dr. Powell received the International Benin Award in 1972. This was a great and humbling honor. As a civil servant (1st African American) he trained some of the elite military and law enforcement units around the world. These units include the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), United States Secret Service, G-2, CID, and others we are not at liberty to mention. He was also featured in many publications (i.e. - Official Karate - Sept. 1973, Defense Combat - Feb. 1976, and The Karate Voice - Dec. 2000 - Jan. 2001).


The System

The system is characterized by its emphasis on street survival and simplicity, hall marks of martial arts systems coming out of New York in the 1960s and '70s. Jujutsu is the art of combat, utilizing striking, throwing and manipulating joints of the attacker causing severe and intense pain and possibly debilitating injuries. The Jujutsu techniques were provided by Powell's main instructor, Florendo Visitacion (known as Professor V), founder of Vee-Jitsu. Aside from his Vee-jitsu training, Powell was also influenced by Aikijujutsu, Kyusho-jutsu, Karate, Boxing, and Arnis.


Vee-jitsu is the product of Florendo Visitacion who took his Jujutsu training which he received from Kiyose Nakae and Charles Nelson and then combined with his study of Filipino systems of Arnis and Kali, Chinese systems including Gung Fu and other Japanses systems including Aikido, Judo and Karatedo to form the techniques of Vee Jitsu (also known as Vee Arnis jitsu, Vee Arnis, Vee Jitsu Ryu Jujutsu, and Modern Vee jitsu Club).

The Sanuces Creed

“A man or woman of the Martial Arts, is one who thinks at all times. They possess speed, form, power, technique and gracefulness. They move with the roar of thunder, and strike at the speed of lightning. That’s what a man or woman of the Martial Arts is.”


This statement captures the idea of how a student of Sanuces Ryu should present themselves at all times and how one should perform the art of Sanuces.

Kumite-ryu Jujutsu Kumite-ryu is another brainchild of Dr. Moses Powell is an intellectual creation which is a step down from the parent art sanuces ryu, during the time of its inception it was created solely for the purpose so that soke Littlejohn Davis could compete in tournaments, because at the time he was being disqualified in the great majority of the martial artist had no knowledge of mat despite the fact that this soke Littlejohn was delegated as Dr. Powells representative in his absence for Sanuces ryu while Dr. Powell was touring the world for 10 years.
When Dr. Powell returned to the US to his surprise a student that he a raise and develop himself the student had the audacity to promoted himself to the rank of soke, within the ranks in chain of command Of Jitsu.
Which shows the level of knowledge for lack of knowledge as far as the structure in chain of command of soke does not exist this rank only exist in Karate. And the person who claims to have created has never had an intellectual creation in his life.

"Sanuces Ryu teaches the skills of blocking, striking, throwing, and subduing in the practical (street) application. It also teaches the 'Art': the movement of an intelligent mind, controlling a disciplined body in a display of speed, form, technique power and gracefulness. Sanuces Ryu is Jujutsu! Jujutsu is the science of striking grabbing or pulling areas of an attacker's body causing severe and intense pain and possibly, debilitating injuries.