ASMAA GOSHIN JUTSU JANUARY 2014
Goshin Jutsu (GJ) is an eclectic, combat sports and self-defence motivated martial art utilizing striking, throwing and submissions. Its name comes from the Japanese words goshin meaning “protection of the body” and jitsu meaning “techniques”. GJ has evolved to teach effective self-defence for a wide a wide range of world scenarios as well as a skill base relevant to combat sports.The concepts and techniques of GJ originate from a number of martial art styles including Ju Jitsu, Aikido, Judo, Boxing and Submission Grappling. These skills continue to evolve so that the elements build upon and incorporate one another to form a comprehensive and effective unarmed combat system. GJ emphasises strategies and tactics both for the street and the ring.
GJ teaches the skills you need to survive a confrontation, an attack, a rape, a mugging, or a fight. These skills include maximizing your chances of survival, getting away in one piece, and minimizing your chance of sustaining serious injury. This same mental and physical conditioning combined with technical development can be used for submission wrestling, muay thai, and mma. In addition, GJ emphasises the most effective and practical hand to hand combat skills and offers instructors, people and students to pressure test the best skills for self-defence.
The inaugural goshin jutsu seminar and grading was held up in Doncaster, lasted six to seven hours of intensive training and was only open to ‘brown belts’ and above. The seminar was conducted by UK’s leading self-defence expert and double ranked 10th Dan with a reputation and name speaks for itself. The seminar attracted about 25 to 30 people from various styles and martial arts all over Britain. The seminar began with a short talk on Goshin Jutsu, it’s ethos and origins with details mentioned above.
After a 10 minute warm up, basic postures and stances were taught including the ready stance and horse stance in both left and right fighting stances. The GJ ready stance was very similar to the Sakiado and Kickboxing stance with legs 1 and half shoulder apart, knees bent, back heel raised and fists at shoulder level. The horse stance was basically the same as the L-stance as used in ITF and WTF Taekwondo accept having more foot mobility. Students were taught and drilled on how to move fluidly throughout the stances. Students were taught the importance of correct breathing and how to apply it in training and application of techniques. This included the correct use of breath when applying locks and immobilisations as well as deeply breathing out when striking as in Karate and Taekwondo. The correct punching and open hand positions were then taught. This included the basic fist, open hand and palm hand. Stress was made on students being able to feel the correct hand positions, and that fists should be relaxed when not being used and tensed only at point of impact. Basic striking areas were illustrated pertinent to the best strike and impact techniques. The low, middle and high sections of the body for striking were explained.
A whole range of basic strikes were taught including the jab punch, reverse punch, hook punch, knife hand strike (inward and backward), hammer fist and palm heel strike. The biomechanics and striking mechanics for these techniques were remarkably the same as those used in boxing, kickboxing and thai-boxing. The strikes were practiced as individual and combination moves using correct footwork and postures. Details of how to apply the best strike for the best target areas was also stressed. Furthermore, three basic kicks were taught with emphasis on correct foot positions and balanced movement. These included the front thrust kick as used in Karate, Taekwondo and Kickboxing, the low round kick as used in thai-boxing, and the side stomp kick as used in Kung Fu. Stress was made on attacking with the ball of the foot for the front kick and attacking low and middle sections of the body including the groin and sternum. Emphasis was also made on striking the pressure points of the legs with low round kick that being peroneal and femoral nerves to destroy the assailants centre of gravity and lower extremities. All kicks were taught as both single and combination movements.
The seminar moved on differently to basic blocks and deflections. These included knife hand blocks, cover blocks, smother blocks, palm deflections and downwards blocks. A majority of these blocks were similar to that used in Sakiado, Tukido, Kung Fu and Freestyle Taekwondo. Stress and demonstrations were made on how difficult it is in reality to actually block and students were divided into pairs to practice and realize for themselves. The cover blocks were by far the easiest, natural and most effective blocks to use in a real situation. These block variations are commonly used in systems like Krav Maga and are dead easy to learn. Dave Turton’s famous smother block as used in his Modern Street Combat system was definitely enjoyed by the students with emphasis on following up with takedowns. All these blocks were practiced using a partner performing slow controlled simulated attacks.
The first half of the seminar concluded with basic controls such as locks and levers. The difference between locks and levers were explained with various demonstrations made. The basic controls that were taught were inward wrist locks, the arm lever and rear arm lock. These are commonly used in Aikido and Ju Jitsu. All controls were subject to the correct use of ‘TAP’. Emphasis was made on to TAP both the mat and your partner, and not to try and resit the pain for health and safety reasons.
After a lunch break the second half of the seminar commenced with the previous knowledge being the mainstay for defence against some general attacks. The main principles of this part of the seminar were to develop a smooth and fluid use of the techniques and to respect the partner who is giving him or herself for practice of techniques. Some extra impact techniques were added at this stage with emphasis on being able to defend against some basic attacks.
The two handed offensive and defensive push was introduced with emphasis on power talking and protecting your personal space. This was taught from both the fence and guard with correct foot movement. We were taught the use of the elbow strike in four ways – the front, inward, downward and rear. The difference between slicing and impacting forwards on with the front elbow was noted with the benefits and disadvantages of each. The inward elbow was taught in a hooking action with impact of the inner elbow to side of the temple. The downward elbow was taught to strike the top centre of the vertebral column and inflicting great pain. The rear elbow was shown in striking action to both the front of the face and also the soleus plexus. In addition, we drilled the round and rising knee against partners and impact equipment.
The last part of the seminar assessed defences against collar grabs, the straight and swing punch, and wrist grabs. Again all defences were performed smoothly and efficiently, with use of TAP. Overall it was an entertaining day with a vast majority of different techniques to take home and many pictures and film were taken.