In the budo(martial arts) we practice, you will find a great number of traditions and techniques worthy of a lifetime of practice.
The learning syllabus itself consists of more than just techniques but also principles of bio-mechanics and philosophies that make them effective. Without its principles or philosophies, fighting skill becomes nothing more than violence and thuggery which only facilitates the naturally strong.
Mental awareness(zanchin), focus of energy(kime), projecting energy (kiai), good posture, one's own balance, breaking of balance (kuzushi), evasive movement (tai sabaki), combative distance (maai) and using the centre of mass (tandem) are all examples of the principles and philosophies that allow the techniques of the curriculum to be effective.
At more advanced stages, after some considerable time in training students are allowed to test and develope their skills in controlled combat such as kumite and randori (see below). The following is a general overview of the very large curriculum.
基本 Kihon (basics) - Kicks, punches, blocks, stances.
形 Kata - Ancient pre-arranged fighting patterns simulating combat. Over 80 karate kata in the karate style of Shito Ryu
分解 Bunkai (applications of kata) - Counter strikes, grappling & throws, sweeps, joint locks/breaks/manipulation,
pinching, gouging, tearing etc
組手 Kumite - Fighting skills involving striking, joint locking and throwing.
ADVANCED: Suidi/Tuidi - Soft blocking & grappling aspects of old okinawan karate.
Kihon of Naha-te, Shuri-te & tomari-te
Power Generation - Tandem/Hara, Shinkuchi
Okinawan Kobudo: Weaponry that evolved in Ryukyu/Okinawa often associated with karate, are referred to as 'okinawan kobudo' not to be confused with the usage of 'kobudo' in Japan to describe old (ko) martial arts (budo). The weapons of okinawan kobudo were improvised from farming tools when traditional weapons were banned during the ocupation of okinawa. They are taught as a supplement to our traditional karate curriculum. The weapons we practice include sai, kama, nunchaku and bo.
Koryu Bujutsu: We also teach weapons as part of the curriculum for koryu jujutsu, iaijutsu and kenjutsu. These are the traditional weapons of the samurai. They include the katana & bokutou, naginata, kodachi, rokushaku bo, hanbo, gobou, kusarigama, jutte and fundou. Dan ranks can be pursued in Kenjutsu & Iaijutsu. More info here..
関節技 Kansetsu Waza - Joint manipulation.
投げ技 Nage Waza - Leg throws, arm throws, sacrificial throws, sweeps and take downs through breaking opponents posture and manipulating balance.
寝技 Ne Waza & 睾被 Kinkazuki - Ground techniques involving strikes, pins, arm and leg locks, chokes & strangulations.
当て身技 Atari/Atemi Waza - Strikes to sensitive and delicate parts of the body
乱取り Randori - Free grappling from standing involving throws and ground techniques.
地稽古 Iji Keiko - Free sparing involving throws, joint manipulation and strikes. Sometimes involving training knives.
SELF DEFENCE TRAINING 慈館道場護身術
Level 1 Course, Level 2 Course, Goshin Jutsu Black Belt Program.
The Level 1 and Level 2 courses present methods that are simple, quick to learn and easy to use.
Principles such as spatial awareness, the element of surprise, controlled aggression and 'verbal self defence' are combined with physical techniques such as blocking, using effective strikes requiring little power and many escape techniques for common types of assault. The Goshin Jutsu Black Belt Program is a further extension of the Level 1 and Level 2 courses providing practitioners with a much bigger skill set and better physical condition. It implements more modern applications of traditional Japanese jujutsu. For the next course dates click here...