Kempo Jiu-Jitsu is a devastating self-defence art. It involves low kicks, open and closed hand attacks and ground submission holds. This is not an art for sport, it is designed with the sole purpose of self protection and disabling an attacker.

Kempo Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes manipulation of balance points – head, shoulders, hips, knees. The principles of Kempo Jitsu are “Distract – Off Balance – Re-direct – Incapacitate”. In the lessons you will learn techniques as well as practical application of these techniques on.

Kempo Jiu-Jitsu is not a “pretty” art, it is “down and dirty”, “mean and to the point”. Kempo Jiu-Jitsu is designed strictly with self-defence in mind, neutralizing your attacker’s threat by various degrees of force. The degree of force that you use to accomplish this depends on the required level of defence as dictated by the force of the attack itself. The lessons contain basic and advanced self defence manoeuvres, conditioning of the mind and body, defence against weapons, real life scenarios, engaging and disengaging the ground on.

Some of the techniques taught are the palm strikes, elbow strikes, punches and back-fists. The knee strike is also a formidable weapon for self defence. In a self defence situation, you should always keep your kicks low to the body or legs.

In a street fight, if you try to kick to your attackers head, it leaves you standing on one leg making you vulnerable to being taken down to the ground. Also, if you are in a self defence situation, you want to be in one of two places, either as far away as possible or as close as possible. If you are unable to get far away and put something between you and your opponent, then you should try to grab and get as close as possible. The basic knee strike is a devastating and effective close range technique on.

Our Kempo Jiu-Jitsu class teaches various “pinch and grab” techniques. Grabbing ears, hair, the tender skin on the inside of the arms or legs. These painful distractions, can provide you with the time needed to escape or the extra room needed between you and an opponent that is trying to hold you in tight so that you can strike or get away on.

Defence from Weapons is a part of Kempo Jiu-Jitsu also. Knife and sticks are the weapons that we are focused on. Action must always be quicker than re-action. So, if you ‘act’, you will take your opponent by surprise and disarm him before he can react. It takes a second or two for him to recognize that you have moved, a second or two is an eternity in a self-defence situation.