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The goal is to use the most useful in the individual situation. Atemi can be used as a punch or kick, but also as a light stroke on the body. This means that the training consists of blocking, punches, and kicks, as we know from karate. In fact, one should consider parades as a kind of punches, but this does not apply every time. It is the defender’s task to read the opponent and to judge whether the situation requires a soft sweep parade or a hard punch block.
The student may sometimes adapt because it is not possible to do the individual technique in the given situation, and then at a later time actually do the technique due to a higher cultivation of self -development.
Judo comes from Jiu-jitsu / Ju-jitsu from the old schools; therefore, Our Jiu-jitsu starts with Kodokan Judo as this is well documented. We have aspects from Teshiin-Shinyo ryu and Kito-ryu Ju-jutsu, which also are included in Judo. Since judo is a sport, the dangerous techniques were taken out of judo but are retained in Jiu-jitsu.
Since dangerous techniques are dangerous, we only practice semi- or light contact for the student's own safety. Jiu-jitsu / Ju-Jitsu is primarily for self-defence.
The many forms of martial arts mentioned here, originate from Jiu-jitsu, which later evolved into their own styles. We train aspects of aikido and have jodo and kenjutsu in our system. Kenjutsu is the way of the sword. Jodo is the way of the stick. We practice kenjutsu as well as jodo because there are aspects that can be transferred to throws.
All sword techniques can be performed with a jo but not all jo techniques can be performed with a sword.
Some sword techniques can be performed as a throw but without a sword. We practice this to expand the student's consciousness of the throw. In short, we want to return to the old original form that prevailed in the samurai class but also to develop into a better Jiu-jitsu in the same way, as it was originally intended.
The fact is that the goal is to take in what works and try to remove that which is ineffective.
Such an action requires care and diligence, and sometimes one should return to the old techniques that have been rejected because that is part of the process of learning and expanding your consciousness.
The way Jiu-jitsu is trained is largely up to the individual club. The difference styles practiced from school to school is necessary to test the different views and ways, that are so important for development of Jiu-jitsu.
Whether it is trained on an exercise level or historically, both are equally good. It is important that there is no condemnation present, but instead respect of the differences between the between the various clubs because there is more to Jiu-jitsu than techniques, which also includes physical and mental health.
With this the foundation has been laid for our own development but certainly also for the entire Budo family.