Japanese Jiu Jitsu
- Self Defense - Weapons
Press Interviews at SFMAI in New York, NY
Must Know Self-Defense
Today, there are many self-defense classes offered for people don’t
have any experience in martial arts to defend themselves against
a possible physical attack.
Mr. Kiyoshi Takeuchi, who has been teaching self-defense courses,
is a master of Hiko Ryu Taijhutsu, a martial arts style originating
from the ancient Japanese Samurai fighting style.
Hiko Ryu Taijitsu has been practiced by the Philippine National
Police SWAT, the Narcotics Suppression Bureau of the Royal Thai
Police, and by many other law enforcements.
People have various kinds of backgrounds are learning this Self-Defense
techniques in Mr. Takeuchi’s classes. For example, NYPD officer,
Immigration officer, women feel the need to learn self-defense for
a possible attack on the street and others.
“The goal of self-defense isn’t to knock down the other party but
to escape safely,” was the first thing Mr. Takeuchi said.
If you fight, the other party may try to kill you. The most precious
thing is your safety and your life. You must protect yourself even
if your money is taken.
“Even if you get into physical altercation with the other party,
keep telling yourself ‘I will get home safe!’ because your belief
will help you to survive,” Mr. Takeuchi said.
Mr. Takeuchi then demonstrated basic self-defense techniques, supposing
a situation in which you are being attacked and need to escape.
The best scenario is to take a chance and run away. If you get caught,
strike your opponent’s his groin. Then while he recovers, run away.
The following is demonstrations by students under Mr. Takeuchi’s
1. Keep a distance
When your opponent comes close to you, stick your arms in front
of you, step away from him, and scream “NO!” or “STAY AWAY!” and
before he catches you, run as fast as you can.
2. Strike your opponent’s chin with your palm heel.
If your opponent grabs your body, strike his chin. The chin is a
sensitive part of our body and the knock out point. With your palm
heel, strike his chin with all of your strength. Striking with palm
heel is more effective and safer than with knuckle strike for your
3. Poke the other party’s eyes
Eyes are another sensitive part of our body since no one can strengthen
their eyes as you can a muscle. Bend your fingers sharply and poke
his eyes. You can also use both hands to poke both of your opponent’s
4. Kick your opponent’s groin
Any strong males are paralyzed if their groin get hurt. In case
of emergency, kick his groin with your knee or foot as hard as you
Effective Self-Defense Techniques even small women can use
Hiko Ryu Taijutsu is based on Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Self-Defense
techniques as the ultimate martial art, which is rooted on the
ancient Samurai fighting style in the battlefield. Hiko Ryu Taijhutsu
consists of both weapon-based and hand-to-hand techniques. Improving
hand-to-hand techniques allows us to deal damage to our enemies
with our bare hands.
Mr. Takeuchi, the master, has lectured to guards for the government’s
VIPs in the Middle East, narcotics control police in south-eastern
Asia, martial artists and police agencies in Europe.
For most of an hour and half lesson the students practice to improve
their skills, working with a partner who acts as an enemy.
The students do a brief warm-up at the beginning of each class,
then they separate into 2 groups, beginner and advanced.
The beginners begin their training with breakfalls. They practice
falling backwards while hitting the mats with their hands. It
might look easy; however, Mr. Takeuchi gives detailed advices
about arm positioning and the timing of hitting the mats.
“Don’t be tense; relax your face!” Mr. Takeuchi explained when
your face is tense, your body is also tense. There is an increased
risk to get injured when your body is tight.
In the meantime, the advanced students are practicing dodging
their partners’ punches and stick attacks. They repeat this practice
again and again to improve their reflexes.
They also learned how to fend off being attacked by a knife, how
to counter the attack and give a final stroke by using a joint-lock
During the class, an advanced student and Mr. Takeuchi’s dynamic
demonstrations caught the beginners’ eyes, stopping their practice.
The students who practiced self-defense for the first time earned
two techniques today, “how to escape when the other party holds
your wrist” and “how to fight back when the other party straddles
you, choking your neck”.
The female self-defense beginners seriously practiced the techniques
they can use when being attacked by taller and bigger people than
“It is very important for police officers to master the skill
to immediately bring the other party under control,” The most
advanced student and a NYPD officer, Mr. David Kim remarked.
“I love these techniques that take advantage of my small posture,”
an instructor of Chinese Kung Fu, Ms. Michelle, said.
Mr. Takeuchi explained why he emphasizes teaching effective techniques.
“You might think you can just run away when you are being attacked;
but it doesn’t work so easily in reality.
When you are attacked, you must react involuntary and properly
to make a chance to escape from the situation. That’s why we brush
up our self-defense skills seriously.
If you improve your self-defense skills, your daily postures look
stronger; then, there will be fewer chances to be a target when
you are walking alone at night, for example.
Workout at the Dojo and at the same you can master how to defend
The training in the classes focuses on practical self-defense
techniques. We also welcome those who don’t have any Martial Arts
experience. You can strengthen their body and release daily stress.
Also, you can practice practical self-defense techniques that
you can apply in case you need to defend yourself. We also recommend
our classes to women so they can learn how to protect themselves
while having good workout.