Ju Jitsu School at Goshin Ju Jitsu of Lakewood Ranch

At our ju jitsu school, we teach the fundamentals. We draw from a rich history of karate and martial arts and incorporate them into basic lessons. When you take our ju jitsu classes, you will quickly build a foundation to grow from.

Blocking is probably the most important technique a martial artist could learn to do. Knowing how to block a variety of techniques could mean the difference between being a victim or your opponent being a statistic. Every block is a strike and every strike could be a block. Modern blocking techniques involve using any extremities available (i.e. knees, elbows, head, etc.). Goshin Jujitsu systems teach students to take advantage of the many different ways to block an opponent’s technique.

Rolling and falling are fundamental skills and are a part of every class including forward shoulder rolls (off both sides), break falls (both sides), front-fall, back-fall, side-fall, flip, etc. There is a minor point worth mentioning on forward shoulder rolls and breakfalls: there are two ways in which the hand can be placed when rolling, on the back of the hand which is more traditional, and rolling with the palms facing the floor.

Stances and footwork are a meld of boxing and traditional. As in boxing, the closer an opponent the higher the hands should be and the tighter the chin should be tucked to the chest. A more “open” stance (i.e., more of the chest exposed) is preferred over traditional “side-on” stances due to increased mobility. This type of stance does expose more of the vital organs on the front, but more importantly it protects the back, as if an opponent gets behind they can attack with minimal response, for example applying a choke. It also limits the possibility of being hit on the back of the skull or the spine, techniques that are commonly illegal in competitions but might be used in a self-defense scenario.

The uppercut and hook are effective close-range boxing punches and are an important part of Goshin Jujitsu as well as the jab and cross. Elbow strikes (where, technically speaking, the point of contact is actually about an inch or two above the elbow on the forearm) are practiced going across to the face, up under the chin, and down on the chest. These can also be performed where the contact point is 1-2 inches towards the triceps and may be used as a reverse strike in a rear bear hug, or as an elbow-drop to a grounded opponent. Elbow strikes are arguably the most important close-range strikes due to the forearm being such a strong part of the body. Something that deserves comment is that the effectiveness of a strike is considerably tied to proper hip-torque , which in turn is tied to proper footwork. This is an important illustration of the inter-relationship between subjects that holds true throughout the system (e.g., punching isn’t a completely separately topic from footwork).

There is a preference in Goshin Jujitsu for simple low-to-mid-level kicks, the most common are the front-ball kick (contact point is the ball of the foot, target is bladder or groin), roundhouse bridge (contact point is the bridge of the foot, target is usually stomach or side of body), the side kick, and Muay Thai style leg kicks (usually striking with the shin where the target is the opponent’s knee or side of leg). Knee-strikes, technically speaking, are classified as kicks in Goshin Jujitsu and are used in close-range techniques.

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