The practise of Aikijustu in our dojo
Aiki-jūjutsu can be broken into three styles: jujutsu (hard); aiki no jutsu (soft); and the combined aikijujutsu (hard/soft). Modern Japanese jujutsu and aikido both originated in aikijujutsu, which emphasises "an early neutralisation of an attack". Like other forms of jujutsu, it emphasises throwing techniques and joint manipulations to effectively subdue or injure an attacker. Of particular importance is the timing of a defensive technique either to blend or to neutralise an attack's effectiveness and to use the force of the attacker's movement against him. We teach a system that is characterised by ample use of atemi, or the striking of vital areas, to set up joint locking or throwing tactics.
Some of the art's striking methods employ the swinging of the outstretched arms to create power and to hit with the fists at deceptive angles, as may be observed in techniques such as the atemi that sets up gyaku empi-dori (reverse elbow lock). One of the unique characteristics of the art is the preference for controlling a downed attacker's joints with one's knee, to leave one's hands free to access weapons or to deal with the threat of other attackers.
Aiki is to pull when you are pushed, and to push when you are pulled. It is the spirit of slowness and speed, of harmonising your movement with your opponent's ki. Its opposite, kiai, is to push to the limit, while aiki never resists. The term aiki has been used since ancient times and is not unique to any school of Aikijutsu. The ki in aiki is go no sen, meaning to respond to an attack.
Our Aiki is very much all go no sen—you first evade your opponent's attack and then strike or control him. Likewise, many other Aiki schools are primarily go no sen. You attack because an opponent attacks you.
In our dojo, we have incorporated a large number of Aikjutsu techniques for the sole purpose of rounding up and close range Karate style (Goju Ryu) and this serves as one, a tremendous weapon of self-defence and also a trusty and powerful part of your self protection skills.
Because Goju Ryu Karate is also a close range martial art, the practice of Aiki techniques come hand in hand with our own resources, as far as the Okinawan self defence skills found in the style.
We believe no one could be disadvantaged by progressing through the ranks with a vast knowledge of self protection skills, whether they'd be part of the strict sense of one's martial arts of choice.
In other words, we also believe all students should grab whatever they can from different sources, as to compliment what they already know. A well rounded student of martial arts should be one who can manage a resourceful array of self protection skills without having to resort to "underground" training as not to upset the hierarchy.