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At Goshin Jitsu Mixed-Martial Arts (GJMMA) our goal is to win minimizing the amount of damage to ourselves and our loved ones while simultaneously delivering the maximal amount of damage to an opponent. A GJMMA practitioner uses awareness and the combination and transition between: defending, striking, thowing, and submissions, as dictated by the martial artist's abilities and the situation. Skills taught in GJMMA should work in a "live" setting and as such are pressure tested in training and sparring. The goal is low complexity, high yield material that is applicable both in combat sports and self-defense. During all levels of training, students practice sparring either selectively (i.e. boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, randori, or grappling) or combined (i.e. selective sequential rounds or mixed-martial arts style). Students of all levels are encouraged to crosstrain, attend seminars, read books, and watch videos to expand their martial arts experience and develop their own personal Goshin Jitsu.


Most self-defense or combat situations can be avoided by being alert and perceptive of a situation, before the situation arises. During conflict, awareness must continue, "tunnel vision" due to panic has spelled the end of many talented fighters. After a self-defense altercation, awarness remains important as an accurate description of events and an attacker (successful or not) will usually be required.


Offense consists of strikes from long, middle, and close range, utilizing kicks, hand strikes, and various other anatomical weapons. Defenses include evasion, parrying, blocking and rolling. Attacks and defenses should be combined to flow from one to the next without presenting rhythms, openings or patterns that the opponent can take advantage of. In self-defense, striking should be geared toward the "concrete jungle" not the ring. Strikes should be well targetted and at areas of maximal pain and minimal protection (eyes, nose, throat, groin, knees). The keys are aim, speed, and power. Arts such as karate Muay Thai, and Western boxing are examples.


Throws generally come in two varieties, joint throws and body throws. In many cases throws will be a mixture of the two varieties. A joint throw applies pressure or torque on a joint (wrist, elbow, etc.), causing pain until the opponent falls or the joint is damaged. Wrist locks such as kote gaeshi are good examples. A body throw applies the principles of leverage and balance to throw an opponent. Both types of throwing require the use of proper body mechanics. Throws are geared toward the ease of the throw (what can you grab to throw your opponent) and the defensibility (how much are you giving up to take the other guy down). Defensive wrestling is also important, learning to balance, read takedown threats, and being able to do breakfalls. GJ incorporates techniques from wrestling, Danzan Ryu Ju-jitsu and Judo.


These techniques are used to incapacitate your opponent without resorting to bludgeoning him into unconsciousness. These techniques involve applying mechanical advantage against your opponent's natural physical limitations, either in the form of a joint lock or a choke. A successful submission may knock the opponent out quickly, or result in excruciating pain that immobilizes the opponent and renders him unable to attack further. Submissions are geared toward street effective. Standing and ground submissions are equally important, rolling around in a glass strewn ally is not fun. Remember, having the guard in the street is better than being mounted, but not by much. Understanding the ground allows the opportunity to defend as well, by avoiding submissions, escaping bad position, and not panicking under the weight of an assailant. Catch-as-catch can, sambo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu would be examples of this. 


While the separate arsenals of striking, throwing, and submissions are powerful, the combination of these arsenals is even stronger. Throwing an unfazed and prepared opponent is difficult to impossible, however by striking first, a throw or takedown can more easily be accomplished. Conversely a throw or takedown attempt can sometimes be stopped by a talented striker. Submissions require strategic position that can be achieved by good throws or by striking while on the ground. Understanding this synergy of weapons is essential for self-defense and combat sports. The art that best exemplifies this principle is Jeet Kune Do.
Michael Aref,
Jan 20, 2018, 11:01 PM
Michael Aref,
Jan 20, 2018, 11:02 PM
Michael Aref,
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