What we do
Training includes many things, some of which are listed below;
Ukemi - This entails learning to hit the ground and other surfaces, (usually after being thrown or struck), and landing in such a way as to minimize the damage to our bodies. It begins with rolling, includes all movements, and never ends.
Kamae - Deliberate use of particular body positions or configurations to reduce and limit the weaknesses of our own body setup and to exploit those of our attackers'.
Striking - Learning which specific parts of our own bodies are most effective in delivering attacks to the opponents' bodies' musculature, nervous system, and skeletal structure.
Throwing - learning the most effective ways of capturing the opponents' body and impacting it against the ground or other obstacles.
Joint Locks - limiting the freedom of the opponent by constricting or over extending the joints of their body.
Kyusho - learning which specific weak-points are more susceptible to attack than others.
Strategy and Philosophy - hidden within the techniques are principles and concepts concerning the application of all of the foregoing, and, many other things outside of martial arts. One of the rewards of training correctly for many years is the gradual understanding of these "secrets" and their continual refinement as we progress throughout our lives.
Hanbo - three foot wooden staff.
Rokushaku Bo - six foot wooden staff.
Katana - Japanese sword (normal length).
Shoto - short sword.
Naginata - Staff with curved blade attached.
Yari - Spear.
Kusarifundo - three foot chain with weighted ends.
Jutte - short metal truncheon with one tine.
Jo - four foot wooden staff.
Small weapons - knife, shuko, teppan, shuriken, short stick, etc.