London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: Learn From The Expert

As the title if this article suggests I am a Ju Jitsu teacher. I sometimes get asked in class why I don’t spend more time teaching how to punch and kick. The answer to that is simple. I am not an expert at punching and kicking myself. I studied Shotokan Karate for two years and have done some boxing and kick boxing which mean that I’m not awful at punching and kicking. I know enough to teach the basics. After all it’s difficult to learn how to defend a kick for example if the attack isn’t realistic. If a student really wants to learn how to punch and kick properly in order to compliment their Ju Jitsu however, I recommend that they go to learn one of the arts that specialise in those skills. If they want to learn weapons then they should go to a school that specialises in weapons. It is a misconception to believe that because a teacher is good at one martial art, they can pick up the nuances of another in a few lessons and then teach it. I’ve been studying Ju Jitsu for over 27 years now and I’m still learning! All martial arts have their weaknesses so it’s good to plug those weaknesses with a complementary art. The one caveat to that I would suggest is to become reasonably proficient at one before you adopt another. It’s difficult enough to train your body to move in a certain way when learning your first martial art. It’s obviously much more difficult to learn two from scratch at the same time. That aside however I think it is more than worthwhile soaking up all the knowledge you can. In short, by learning from the expert you’ll ensure you’ll become the best martial artist you can be.

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One Response to “London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: Learn From The Expert”

  1. Kieran Says:

    True. It’s also stacks easier to learn the second art when you have a first under your belt. Then you have technique that you can compare things too and you feel oriented faster.

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