The Principles Of Evade - Control - Disable
This principle is used to escape an attackers assault by moving away from the attack
using Tai Sabaki (Body Angling), controlling the assailant by blocking and striking,
then disabling by throwing / choking or rendering the attacker unconscious.
We use fists, feet, elbows, knees and head to strike the opponent. We do not deal in
competition, most strikes are delivered against pads and we try to optimize the speed
and power of techniques.
Jujitsu & Throws:
Most standard Jujitsu throws are used, as well as sacrifice throws, and shoots (take
downs). Comprehensive range of joint dislocations from feet to neck. The Jujutsu is
aggressive, care is taken in Dojo as some techniques can cause serious injury to an
assailant in the street.
Pressure point strikes to render assailant unconscious or disabled, by traumatizing
nerve endings with strikes.
Ground fighting is taught to compliment the Jujitsu, we do not purposely take the
attacker to the floor but most fights land up there, so we deal with suffocating/choking,
dislocation of nearly all joints, fighting from back, side and on top of the attacker. This
and the Jujitsu is a huge area in this style. We strike and grapple on the ground similar
in many respects to free fighting.
Free fighting is a widely misunderstood element in most styles, as most fights on the
street are not free fighting sessions; they are fast and aggressive with no rules (groin
& eyes watch out!). Free fighting is really about learning what techniques you are
comfortable in using, learning timing and distance when striking. We train mainly in
light/ semi continuous sparring with hand mitts.
We train in a wide range of traditional weapons, including the following: Tonfa,
Nunchuku, Short Stick, Jo, Bokken, Kubotan, Manriki Kusari (As belt techniques) and
Knife. On occasion we train in Kendo gear to experience the realism of weapon
fighting in safety. We also train in expedient weapons as most traditional weapons
are not at hand on the street.
We teach traditional Katas with the emphases on the Bunkai (Meaning behind the
moves) as it seems to us that a Kata is just a dance without the meaning behind these
techniques. Some of the Katas focus on Ibuki breathing, which improves cardio
vascular/lung capacity and isometric exercise.