Jujitsu is one of the oldest and most versatile of the martial art systems of the world today. Developed as an adjunct to the sword by the Samurai warriors of Japan, Jujitsu incorporates locking, throwing, choking and basic striking skills. Also included is the use of ancient weapons such as the bo, sword, iron fan and jutte.
AIKIJITSU ("MEETING ENERGY ART")
Stemming from Jujitsu, Aikijitsu is the martial form of Aikido ("meeting energy way"). Based on the platform of using the attacker's momentum and strength against him/her, Aikijitsu manipulates the attacker's force ("ki") into a throwing, or immobilization technique. A very graceful and deceptively simple art, Aikijitsu takes Jujitsu techniques to a more advanced level of training.
NINJITSU ("PERSEVERANCE ART")
Cultural opposites of the Samurai, Ninjas practiced espionage and guerilla tactical warfare. They were spies and assassins. Because of the traditional secrecy of the art, it is only recently that Ninjitsu was allowed out of immediate circles. The curriculum of Ninjitsu contains a plethora of weapons, grappling skills, and striking methods.
CH'UAN FA ("CHINESE HAND")
Ch'uan Fa is recognized as one of the most practiced forms of self defense in the world today. Developed and practiced in China, Ch'uan Fa's focus is on hand strikes, leg strikes, and weapons. Due to both its popularity and simplicity, Ch'uan Fa is one of the most fragmented of the martial arts systems having many hundreds of variations on its theme. Of the striking arts, Ch'uan Fa is one of the most complete and most extensive systems available today. Any arts that teach predominantly striking, could be coined as Ch'uan Fa.
TAIJI/T'AI CHI CH'UAN ("ULTIMATE BOXING")
This is a Chinese Kung-fu art that was developed by Chang San-feng around 1300 A.D. and later named Tai Chi. Taiji was designed to be a family system that was never to be revealed to outside circles. A healing, as well as a martial art, Tai Chi contains some of the most devastating martial arts ever developed. Tai Chi remains one of the most misunderstood arts, as well as one of the most difficult of the martial arts to perfect.
TAIJITSU ("BODY ART")
Taijitsu, or "body art", is the culmination of all of the other systems. Some systems in advanced belts even refer to their system as "Taijitsu". Taijitsu uses the entire body for leverage and power, and this makes it one of the most effective systems of self defense/martial arts ever developed. Taijitsu is the most complete of the martial arts systems containing the elements of all other martial arts. Each belt, or training level, contains a different aspect of martial arts from escaping to striking, locking and throwing, to the use of several traditional weapons such as the stick, sword and knife. Also incorporated in Taijitsu are several facets of healing arts such as acupressure, nutrition, muscle balancing, and reflex therapy.
CROSS TRAINING IN MARTIAL ARTS
At the Canadian Martial Arts Academy, we will honor the previous martial arts training that you have received. People that have former training will be able to pick up at the rank that they left off from another school.