The basic fundamentals in Takeo-Ryu Goshin Jitsu are blocking, rolling/falling, stances & footwork, hand strikes, and kicks.
Takeo-Ryu Goshin Jitsu prioritizes street effectiveness over flash. While elbow strikes and hand strikes such as jabs, hooks and uppercuts are a core part of training, it is generally not good strategy to repeatedly trade blows with an attacker at close range, especially when the aim is self-defense.
The best approach for countering is to use strikes and or kicks as a setup and use Jujitsu as the fight stopper. Jujitsu being throws, joint locks, chokes and various restraining and submission techniques.
Not only are the techniques painful, they can be used to dislocate joints, break bones and wreck havoc on tendons, ligaments and other supportive tissues. Injuries may occur as a result of your attacker's resistance to your techniques or because you deem such a level of force necessary given the extreme nature of the encounter.
A strong foundation is the key to building a lasting structure -- one that continues to increase in value as you renovate or refine it. The look and feel of the structure may change over time, but the essence of the structure -- the foundation -- remains intact if it was laid with careful thought and hard work.
So too, should you lay the solid groundwork when committing to Takeo-Ryu Goshin Jitsu. By understanding and applying the basic principles of Takeo-Ryu Goshin Jitsu, your defense will get better and better as you continue to refine it. If, however, you do not master the underlying principles, your refinements will be mere window-dressing; they may look good; you may sound knowledgeable but your defense will have no foundation.
Building the proper foundation is crucial to your future development as a Takeo-Ryu practitioner. The first basic of any art is not a stance or attack, but the philosophy that guides the training. If you are to actually make Takeo-Ryu work for you under pressure, you need to be sure that your basics are strong and that the scope of your basics are complete.
SENSEI'S PHILOSOPHICAL BELIEFS
1. A LIFE OF INTEGRITY IS OUR TESTIMONY, BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE DOJO.
2. HONOR BREEDS INTEGRITY AND INTEGRITY BREEDS RESPECT, FOR SELF AND OTHERS.
3. YOU CAN ONLY LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU ARE WILLING TO LEARN.
4. WILLINGNESS TO LEARN OCCURS ONLY WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO LAY ASIDE PREJUDICES OR PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS OF OURSELVES AND OTHERS, OR OF THE MATERIALS BEING TAUGHT.
5. CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM HELPS TO FOSTER EXCELLENCE, AS DESTRUCTIVE CRITICISM BREEDS CONTEMPT AND HINDERS THE LEARNING PROCESS.
6. CARE FOR YOUR TRAINING PARTNERS AS IF THEY ARE LOVED FAMILY MEMBERS, FOR INDEED THEY ARE.
7. THE MIND IS THE GREATEST WEAPON OF ALL. ONE MUST KEEP IT CLEAN AND SHARP.
8. THE MOMENT OF PHYSICAL CONFRONTATION HAS OCCURRED, EVERYONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED. THERE ARE NO WINNERS OR LOSERS, JUST CASUALTIES AND SURVIVORS. INJURY IS NOT ALWAYS MEASURED BY WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BODY. SCARRING CAN OCCUR TO THE MIND AND SPIRIT OF SELF AND OTHERS AS WELL.
9. ONLY "TAKE A LIFE" IN ORDER TO SAVE A LIFE.
10. IF A PHYSICAL CONFRONTATION IS UNAVOIDABLE ALWAYS REMEMBER:
A. ACT QUICKLY!
B. ACT DECIDEDLY!
C. DISPATCH THE OPPONENT WITH MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY, MINIMAL MOVEMENT AND DESTROY THEIR WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE IN THE CONFRONTATION.
11. WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE ARRIVED, IT IS A SIGN THAT YOUR JOURNEY IS ONLY BEGINNING.
12. HUMILITY THROUGH HUMILIATION IS A VERY PAINFUL LESSON. HUMBLENESS OF CHARACTER PREVENTS THIS.
EACH ATTACK, ARMED OR UNARMED, DEMANDS A DIFFERENT ANGLE OF DEFENSE AND THERE ARE MANY POSSIBLE OPTIONS AND SOLUTIONS. AN ATTACK IS ALSO PART OF THE SITUATION, WHICH EACH OF YOU MUST LEARN TO RESOLVE TAKING YOUR OWN PERSONAL QUALITIES INTO ACCOUNT.
EACH SITUATION IS UNIQUE, NEVER TO BE REPEATED. EVEN THOUGH ANOTHER SITUATION SEEMS VERY SIMILAR, YOUR OWN PERSPECTIVE WILL DIFFER BECAUSE OF YOUR EARLIER EXPERIENCE. SITUATIONS CHANGE CONSTANTLY AND QUICKLY, SO IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO BE FLEXIBLE AND TO ANTICIPATE. A CERTAIN TECHNQIUE MUST PROVIDE A LOGICAL SOLUTION TO THE SITUATION. EACH OF YOU, HAVE THE CHANCE TO DISCOVER YOUR OWN CAPABILITIES THROUGH SITUATIONAL TRAINING WHICH IS PRESENTED IN OUR SELF-DEFENSE CLASS.
YOU MUST FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU, BECAUSE EACH INDIVIDUAL IS DIFFERENT. IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE TO CHANGE THE SITUATION TO SUIT YOURSELF. YOU WILL DEVELOP CERTAIN PREFERENTIAL TECHNIQUES WHICH YOU CAN ONLY UNDERSTAND ONCE YOU HAVE STUDIED MANY PRACTICAL SITUATIONS AND ADHERE TO THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SELF-DEFENSE.
The young man began lessons with an old Japanese Judo master. The young man was doing well so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training; the master had taught him only one move. "Sensei", the young man finally said, "shouldn't I be learning more moves"? The Sensei replied, "I have taught you one significant move, but it is the only move you'll ever need to know."
Not quite understanding but believing in his teacher, the young man continued to train. Several months later the Sensei took the young man to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the young man easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged. The young man deftly used his one move to win the match.
Still amazed by his success, the young man was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger and more experienced. For a while the young man appeared to be over matched. Concerned that the young man might get hurt, the referee called a time out. He was getting ready to stop the match when the young man's Sensei intervened. "No", his Sensei insisted, "Let the match continue." Soon after the match resumed the young man's opponent made a critical mistake. He dropped his guard and instantly the young man used his move to pin him. The young man won the match and the tournament.
On the way home the young man and his Sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the young man summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. "Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?"
"You won for two reasons" answered his Sensei. "First, you have almost mastered one of the most difficult moves in all of Judo and secondly, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent being able to grab your left arm".
Ken Keith 5th Dan
Takeo-Ryu Goshin Jitsu Master
**The young man's weakness became his biggest strength**
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