Wado Ryu is one of the world's major karate styles. It may be argued that Wado-ryu is a Jujutsu style rather than Okinawan Karate. When first registered with the Japanese Dai-Nippon-Butoku-Kai in 1938 the style was called Shinshu Wadoryu Karate-Jujutsu, a name which reflects the hybrid nature of Wado. Wado-ryu's founder Hironori Ohtsuka was already a licensed practitioner in Shindo Yoshin Ryu and Yoshin Koryu Jujutsu when he first met the Okinawan karate master Funakoshi. After having received tutelage of not only Funakoshi but later also the Okinawan masters Mabuni and Motobu, he set off to merge Shindo Yoshin Ryu with Okinawan Karate.
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Also spelled Jujutsu, Japanese Jujutsu, or Yawara ("gentle art"), Jujitsu is a method of fighting that makes use of few or no weapons and employs holds, throws, and paralyzing blows to subdue an opponent. It evolved among the warrior class (bushi, or samurai) in Japan from about the 17th century.
Designed to complement a warrior's swordsmanship in combat, it was a necessarily ruthless style with the usual object of warfare: crippling or killing an antagonist. Jujitsu was a general name for many systems of fighting involving techniques of hitting, kicking, kneeing, throwing, choking, immobilizing holds, and use of certain weapons. Central to these systems was the concept ju, from a Chinese character commonly interpreted as "gentle", in the sense of yielding to an opponent's direction of attack while attempting to control it. Also involved was the use of hard or tough parts of the body (e.g. knuckles, fists, elbows, and knees) against an enemy's vulnerable points. Jujitsu declined after the fall of the Japanese feudal government in the mid-19th century, but many of its concepts and methods were incorporated into such modern fighting arts as judo, karate, and aikido.
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The ju-jitsu section has a block in membership but is incorporated into the Karate section. It is to be noted that the Karate sections Syllabus consist of 2/3 karate and 1/3 Ju-Jitsu techniques feel free to call into our dojo any Thursday or Sunday 6 to 7.30 for a free taster session then any of your questions may be addressed.
Iaido is the modern martial art of Japanese Sword drawing. Originally a method practiced by swordsmen in feudal Japan for despatching an enemy quickly and clinically, it is now practiced by people of all ages, men and women, from all walks of life as a means of self cultivation. Though the actions of the sword are undoubtedly still potentially lethal, as people now do not commonly carry swords they obviously have no bearing in terms of self defence in today's society. Iaido is generally practiced without a partner [opponent], the idea being more to confront ones self with the physical and mental difficulties of practice rather than overcoming any exterior attacker. Though Iaido is a modern 'Martial Way' [Budo] it is steeped in tradition, history and Philosophy. Iaido is perhaps the most philosophically orientated of all the Japanese martial arts, these aspects giving it an old and esoteric flavour which undoubtedly contributes to its appeal. - Sensei K. Rose 5th Dan.
The Iaido section has a freeze on membership at this point in time.
There are several types of pressure points - each is applied differently and each creates different effects. "Pain points" ,for example, use tendons, ligaments and muscles; the goal is to temporarily immobilize the target or, at the very least, distract them. "Reflex points" produce involuntary movements, for example, causing the hand to release its grip, the knees to buckle, the target to gag, or even for the person to be knocked unconscious. Most pressure points are located on pathways on the nervous system.
Some pressure points produce pain when struck, pressed, or rubbed, depending on the point itself. These points are also referred to as nerve centers. While the distraction of pain might offer sufficient advantage in a fight or flight, the body has a pain withdrawal reflex, whereby it reacts to pain by moving away from the source. Martial artists can use this reflex with minimal effort.
The baroreceptors in the carotid artery are pressure-sensitive, supplying the brain with information to control systemic blood pressure. Pressure against this region will send signals that indicate that blood pressure is too high, leading to a lowering of blood pressure.
Physical self-defence is the use of physical force to counter an immediate threat of violence. Such force can either be armed or unarmed. In either case, the chances of success depend on a large number of parameters, related to the severity of the threat on one hand, but also on the mental and physical preparedness of the defender.
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