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Our system is called Ryu Kempo Ju-Jitsu:

  • Ryu – a school of thought or discipline

  • Kempo (Nippon Kempo) – is a defensive art that does not restrict students in methodology

  • Ju-Jitsu – “Jū” can be translated to mean “gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.” “Jitsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique”

The system we teach is not pure Ju-Jitsu, but is interspersed with other styles, yet it does come under the eclectic term of Kempo. By integrating much of what is effective from various oriental fighting systems and harnessing this with Ju-Jitsu and Karate.

The strikes are used as an integral part of the throw or lock which it is meant to complement, the strike is not just done indiscriminately, but aimed at integrating the techniques together which makes it different from pure Ju-Jitsu. In pure Ju-Jitsu everything is geared towards the lock, the hold or the take down, whereas Kempo uses the integration of kicks and punches quite uniformly to enhance and complement either applying a lock or hold or takedown. To perhaps explain further, take for instance the familiar wrist lock, rather than applying that lock purely by the pressure of the hands, in Kempo they would complete the lock by applying an elbow strike to break the bone or incapacitate. In this way the aggressor is out of the game rather than them being able to attack again once the pain of the wrist lock is lifted. By doing this the defender, in a multiple attack situation, is able to take out the assailants instantly and be secure in the knowledge that they won’t come back for more. 

This same theme is also applied to throws. Once a throw has been executed it is followed up with either a low level kick whilst the attacker is on the ground or some other disabling strike and once again that particular aggressor is now out of the equation. This method of simultaneous blocking and striking is executed as almost one movement and at great speed. This ensures your immediate control over the attacker in a mugging situation. The basis of Kempo is really about inflicting pain on an attacker to ensure that the attack goes no further rather than merely restraining them.!

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