We believe that any training for self defense, whether that’s martial arts, or gun training, or anything else, must emphasize safety. It makes no sense to get hurt while training for self defense.
Most of us have jobs and family commitments that would be impacted by an injury, but injury recovery also detracts from the time we could be training. The effects of sports-type injuries seen most commonly in martial arts studios can be cumulative, causing real problems over time.
However, no activity involving body movement is without risk of injury. Yoga, dance, team sports, running all carry risk of injury. In general, most martial arts are safer than many sports.
In Ketsugo Jujutsu we say that there are three speeds: Slow for learning, medium for practice, and fast for the combat.
When a movement is first being learned we may practice it “tai chi” slow – like we’re moving through molasses. The main reason for this is that we want to learn correct biomechanics. In order to make small corrections, to observe the effect of a movement, and to build efficient neural pathways – you must move slowly.
Once a movement can be executed correctly repeatedly it can be “presure tested” at a medium speed. Medium speed practice adds a sense of reality, builds confidence, and helps to develop strategy.
Ketsugo Jujutsu is a combat martial arts, and cannot be practiced at full speed, even with protective gear. Many of the techniques, when applied at full speed, are designed to attack weak parts of anatomy (like joints). Speed adds momentum, and we would quickly run out of training partners if we dislocated training partners elbows or shoulders.
As a reality-based self defense school we do try to approach reality in practice, but we necessarily have to work at a slower pace than many systems. We do not spar, and we do not compete or practice sport. This is simply not our emphasis.