Tuesday, February 5, 2013
What is Jukaado? Why is it different from traditional martial arts?
Very often we are asked these questions by new comers to our class or just by people who wish to understand as to why or how is Jukaado different from traditional martial arts besides being a combination of a few martial arts.
We have great respect for all traditional martial arts and in fact most of our training procedures are from these traditional martial arts itself. There is nothing that can be better than traditional or old school training.
Before we go any further we would like to make it very clear that Jukaado, its instructors or the students in no way endorse or suggest getting in to any fight or violence. We are very peaceful people who just like to train in martial arts to challenge our bodies and improve our fitness levels. Please do not try any of our suggestions if you do not train the way we do.
At Jukaado our training revolves around Close Quarter Combat or CQC.
What is Close Quarter Combat ?
In a real life attack a fight that breaks out is in close quarters that is the attacker and the attacked are very close to each other. This limits the movements of the attacker and the attacked. However the attacker is ready for the situation and most likely even selects a perfect spot or surrounding to give him an advantage over the attacked.
At Jukaado we train for CQC. Our fighting style involves being close to the attacker and knock him down in his tracks. This has a lot of advantages as students are more tuned and ready to be close up with their attacker and fight back from whatever little space they have at their disposal. In today's day and age where weapons are also used during attack. A weapon (sharp edged tool/ knife or firepower) is something an attacker may be carrying which they may use if they feel they are losing the fight. If you are in close range with your attacker you stand a better chance to intercept and stop the utilization of the weapon.
We would like to make it known that any fight armed or unarmed can swing in any direction so it is always better to avoid getting in to a fight unless it is your only option to ensure your safety. No matter how many years you have been training there is a very good possibility of getting injured in a real fight on the road.
It is with keeping the CQC in mind that our training involves close quarter strikes and our technique combinations involve striking with hands or legs, grappling and joint manipulations or locks and chokes. The idea is to surprise the attacker and effectively neutralize them within just 3 moves including a block. To be good at CQC one needs to be in top physical state, conditioned like rock and very fit. That is the reason our training routines seem very intense to many with loads of strength building exercises, a good amount of cardiovascular exercises and numerous body conditioning drills. With a decent amount of time training in Jukaado students can have very high fitness levels, high endurance and stamina levels and can take full power strikes on their stomach, ribs, back, shin, thigh and even the neck. This leaves only the face which is not possible to condition with delicate parts like the nose, eyes etc located on the face. Since our training aims at CQC we give lots of importance to covering the face at all times. Conditioning is very important at Jukaado for in a realistic situation you will be hit any where on the body being conditioned like rock allows you to not get injured by full power blows of the attacker so you could focus on neutralizing the attacker and hand him over to the authorities to take the necessary legal action against such miscreants.
So basically what differentiates Jukaado would be that we train for only realistic situations and not for competition. Our aim is to train and teach realistic self defense / unarmed combat training / close quarter combat. This results in our body, mind and reflexes responding better to a real attack on the road God forbid. We are not against competitions or sports sparring but we train for realistic situations. Another way of looking at it is we do not only learn the alphabets but also learn to form words and sentences to be used in life. Just learning the alphabets would be of no use to communicate with others. The result is that we are tuned and trained for realistic situations but can also compete in competitions however if training only revolves around sports sparring training they may not be able to defend themselves in a real fight on the road.
Posted by Farzaan Merchant at 1:08 AM