FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Taijutsu ?
Wikipedia rather accurately describes what Taijutsu is. If you have maybe wondered about it. Have a look at what Wikipedia says on the subject:
“Taijutsu, literally “body technique” or “body skill”, is a Japanese blanket term for any combat skill, technique or system of martial art using body movements that are described as an empty-hand combat skill or system. The term is commonly used when referring to a traditional Japanese martial art but has also been used in the naming of modern martial arts such as Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Taijutsu is similar to Karate but is more focused on the body techniques.”
Because Taijutsu is a very general term, you’d not easily see that someone says they are practicing just ‘Taijutsu’. There will always be a ‘name’ added to the Taijutsu to differentiate it from another ‘style’ of Taijutsu.
What we train in was named ‘Kuro-Kai’. See our history for a description of what ‘Kuro-Kai’ means.
What is in a name? Well, like I said, it helps to diffirentiate our ‘style’. But more importantly, a name is a tool that can build a certain amount of team spirit. If we enjoy our Taijutsu or Self Defence training, if we learn something new, if we work together well, we can build some team spirit. If we go somewhere as a team we can wear a Kuro-Kai T-Shirt and feel like a team, show other people that we have a common interest and purpose.
Why Practice for Years what you can Learn in Hours ?
There are many Self Defence courses out there that teaches you to defend yourself in 4 hours or less. About all of them teach very valid self defence techniques that will really work. So you might ask why is it then necessary to practice these techniques for years if it can be learnt in hours ?
Well, there are two factors, Adrenalin Dump and Muscle Memory. Adrenalin is dumped in your system when you get a fright and then you get what is know as the Fight or Flight response. Your body loses Fine Motor Control or the ability to make small precise movements. The big muscles takes over. The brain now decides to either run away or fight. If you need to fight, but the skills for fighting is not deeply ingrained in your mind, you will be in deep trouble right about now.
Wikipedia defines Muscle Memory like this: “When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems. Examples of muscle memory are found in many everyday activities that become automatic and improve with practice, such as riding a bicycle, typing on a keyboard, playing a melody or phrase on a musical instrument, playing video games.”
This is the reason why we teach the basics of self defence over a period of 5 years. This is the reason why we make you repeat and repeat what we teach you week after week until you get bored with it. If you get the feeling that you are bored with the classes or that you are learning nothing new, please remember that you might be right in the middle of the process of saving you own life or that of another person by doing it one more time for the sake of Muscle Memory.