Japanese Ju-jitsu is an ancient martial art, dating back thousands of years; in fact, it dates back to the beginning of humankind’s fighting (though then it was not know as “Ju-jitsu”, but rather as simply “fighting”). Ju-jitsu, in its entirety, is not encompassed by only a set syllabus.
That is why students at this dojo do not learn only a set of techniques. Instead of learning a single strike or throw or strangle, we learn concepts. This way, we develop a way of fighting – and this gives rise to the strikes and throws and so on that we learn.
Each student is unique with his or her own abilities, and his or her own weaknesses. I (the instructor) want each student to develop his or her own method of fighting, his or her own techniques, with all that is taught as a framework. Each method and each technique must be tested to ensure reliability and practicality.
We cover (among others), against armed and unarmed opponent(s), unarmed and armed with various weaponry: groundfighting, grappling, throwing, covering up, fighting in different environments, striking (with the whole body) and – most importantly – making sure this is all effective.
We begin training by learning how to strike, block, move and fall. Our first priority at Arashi Ryu is safety. Once a student reaches a more advanced level, we teach them weaponry.
Weaponry we cover includes: the bo-staff, the jo, the tonfa, the katana, the wakasashi and other one-handed bladed weapons, such as a knife, the kali stick (or baton or machete), the sai, and improvised weaponry (for example, using a chair to defend yourself).
Both advanced students and beginners are welcome! For beginners, we try to get as solid a foundation as we can. For advanced students, we will increase the intensity and aggression in training so that you improve at your maximum rate.
We train Ju-jitsu from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesdays and from 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturdays at the Christ Church on Banghoek Road.