Martial Arts, Self Defence Lewes – Our Philosophy

Martial Arts Lewes

The philosophy of Ju-Jitsu is to be able to defend against any style of attack, in any situation, choosing a response that suits the circumstances.

Strength isn’t necessary since Ju-Jitsu relies on knowing the vulnerable areas of opponents’ bodies and on using their strength and energy against them.

Flexible and Flowing
Rather than punch someone for grabbing your wrist (they might just want to look at your watch to find out the time), it’s far better just to release your wrist from the hold then find out what they wanted.

However, if someone attacks you with a weapon, its not enough just to learn how to duck, they’ll probably just attack you again and might get lucky the second time. So the best thing is to learn how to how to disarm your attacker and stop him or her from attacking you again. And then, you can pin and hold the attacker until the police arrive, using one of the locks and restraints Ju-Jitsu teaches.

A Practical Martial Art
Ju-Jitsu with Bushido Kwai Dojo – Lewes and Sensei Ray Twtchen places the emphasis on practical techniques. High kicks involving leaping in the air  might look good in a movie but if you’re wearing normal clothing, you’re in a pub or standing on a slippery surface, chances are you’ll end up falling over. That’s why we prefer to pick targets below waist height for kicks.

We also don’t teach breaking techniques – bricks and boards don’t move or fight back and why learn how to punch and kick hard enough to break wood when a relatively gentle strike, aimed at a vulnerable area, will be a better defence.

Ju-Jitsu always considers real-world situations in its techniques, thus making it a practical self-defence as well as a martial art.

This approach gives Ju-Jitsu an individual training style. Many of our techniques can be painful or dangerous if applied for real, particularly if the recipient is untrained. As a result, Jitsu practice is co-operative. Rather than sparring, in which two martial artists face off and try to beat the other,

Ju-Jitsuka allow their partners to apply techniques to them, confident that full power and speed won’t be used and injure them.

Ju-Jitsu teaches open-mindedness. It teaches you compassion towards your training partners and other people. It also teaches you how to defend yourself with the necessary force against attackers.


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