The Ketsugo Jujutsu style we practice was primarily developed by Peter Freedman Sensei over many years of training, cross-training and experimentation. As a school we teach concepts and principles and focus less on technique. This means that our students understand the when, where, and why of everything we do, and can adapt and create on the spot.
Techniques are used to highlight concepts and principles, but rote memorization of technique is not emphasized.
For example: there is a single concept, and several principles to make a wrist lock (or any joint lock) work. Instead of memorizing 6 wrist lock techniques, students are taught the concepts and principles and are almost immediately able to invent their own techniques. Several wrist lock techniques may be shown, but always to demonstrate the concepts and prionciples.
We have found that students are able to more quickly internalize the art, and become all-around better martial artists.
What is a typical class like at our dojo?
Every class is slightly different, but a typical class would go something like:
- Bow in and short meditation – we bow and meditate to set the mind in order to practice. We leave our mental clutter from the day and prepare to train an dlearn.
- Warm-up and Kihon Waza – We do a short warm-up to prepare the body for phsyical training. Warm-ups typically consist of the practice of basic techniques (Kihon Waza) or other comabative drills so that we are learning even while warming up.
- Self defense drills – Normally, we would break into small groups or partners and practice certain self defense. These may include armed or unarmed drills, multiple attackers, scenarios, etc.
- Bow out and slightly longer meditation – This is a chance for students to transition out of training mode and back into a mind set more conducive for every day life.
What do we practice (some areas of practice):
Atemi Waza – percussive (striking and kicking) techniques
Katame Waza – grappling
Kansetsu Waza – joint locking techniques
Ukemi Waza – Breakfall techniques
Nage Waza – throwing techniques
Nuki Waza – escape and evasion techniques
Kyushojutsu – pressure point arts
Koppojutsu – bone breaking arts
Kobujutsu – weapons arts
Mokuso – meditation