Modern Kempo Jujitsu (MKJ)
was born on the fierce battlefields of 16th century Japan. In its traditional form, Kempo Jujitsu included all aspects of the Samurai warrior’s empty-handed arsenal. Kempo (“the law of the fist”) and Jujitsu (“the gentle art”) referred to the original synthesis of striking and grappling arts into one functional combat art. Technique was designed to be quick, effective and brutal, but  also included a variety of restraint and control options, and a profound core of zen buddhist values and meditation techniques.

As the art evolved, the more traditional battlefield elements, like bare-handed defense versus sword and spear, were  replaced by a new emphasis on the use of contemporary weapons and contexts. With this came a larger focus on atemi-waza (vital point striking) and ground work as the restrictions presented by traditional armor were eliminated.

The traditional balance between striking and grappling also evolved into a more fluid method of unrelenting striking, locking and throwing. The goal of the MKJ practitioner is to enter into their aggressor’s space swiftly, unbalance them through striking and leverage and to take them to the ground where the encounter can be controlled or ended.

MKJ offers the modern student tactics perfectly suited for modern self-defense concerns while maintaining key meditation and health practices, ranking and the basic rituals from its traditional roots. Contact us today to try your free class in Quebec's only Kempo Jujitsu academy.

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