Life Protection Arts

Life Protection Arts

When we speak of self-defense skill, we are focused on surviving a momentary, but potentially life-altering encounter.  But, as individuals train against that possibility, they often train in ways that are ultimately harmful for the body.  Kyusho-jitsu Kenkyukai, and Humane Tactical Solutions, are about life-protection skills.  These are methods and practices which not only can protect one’s life in the moment of crisis, but also contribute directly to improving health, longevity and the overall quality of life.  As a result, all practices within the KJK and HTS use natural movements which minimize injury, while maximizing life-long health – and all the while utilizing the most effective self-defense methods ever developed.

Isshin-RyuIsshin-ryu Karate: In the first half of the twentieth century, the art called karate (also called tode, kempo, te) moved out of the shadows of secrecy into the public sphere. But, it was presented to the nation as a way to train children in a discipline that would strengthen and harden them for military service. Because the art was taught to children, it was intentionally watered down for safety’s sake. As this was happening in the karate world in general, there were some hard core practitioners who did not want to change. One of these die-hards was Tatsuo Shimabuku. During WWII, he was quietly teaching karate to Japanese troops, teaching them karate as an art for surviving life and death encounters.

After WWII, Shimabuku became the first karate instructor hired by the U.S. military to teach American troops. During the Vietnam War era, he was also tasked with training U.S. black ops forces (Project Phoenix). Even though Shimabuku himself was 5’ 4” and weighed about 135 pounds – and many of his earliest students were well over six feet tall – he was held in high esteem (and more than a little fear) because of his skills.

The idea of a karate “style” (ryu-ha) is really a twentieth century affectation. But, in keeping with the custom of the day, Shimabuku organized his teachings and curriculum and named his method Isshin-ryu. The term Isshin means something like “Singularity of Spirit” and refers to an absolute focus and commitment to every technique.

Isshin-ryu is highly regarded as a powerful and effective style, a treasure among Okinawan karate systems, and an important link to the genuine fighting origins of karate.


ryukyu kempoThe martial art of the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) developed in private and in secret, and was not available to the public. Then, in the early part of the 20th century, karate (as it later came to be called) was presented in a sanitized and watered-down version by teachers who were accustomed to keeping things secret, and not at all inclined to share much of what they knew.

As a result, what was once a fearsome fighting art, is today largely a children’s pursuit. Eight year old “black belts” proudly pose beside trophies taller than they, while parents watch and applaud. But, the karate these children learn is little different than the jazz/tap/ballet taught in the dance school down the street. Meanwhile, the old masters continued to guard their secrets, while time threatened the old knowledge with extinction.

However, to protect their secrets from being lost, a very few masters choose to share more openly what had been for so long guarded jealously. What they shared was the old fighting art, the original martial art of Okinawa. Known as Ryukyu kempo (an almost generic name), this art might be referred to as “Karate from when karate was still karate.”

Though it outwardly resembles the martial endeavor practiced by so many in the world today, Ryukyu kempo is a powerful and effective self-defense system, that uses familiar karate movements in surprising and devastating ways.

At the heart of Ryukyu kempo pratice is the thorough understanding of kata. Kata are patterns of solo movement which contain fighting secrets passed down from the past. By analyzing the kata, once-hidden pressure point fighting techniques are brought to light. These secrets are then practiced in partner training to ensure that that ancient knowledge becomes modern reflex.

 

 

Ryukyu kempo has no sporting or competitive aspect. Practitioners do not care about trophies and do not train for tournaments. Instead, they train ancient warrior disciplines in order to become warriors for a modern world. This includes, not only having skills that can be used to defend oneself and others, but, acquiring through hard training, the inner steel to face all of life’s challenges.

dillmanThe martial arts developed out of practical need – a village’s need to defend itself, a kings need for professional warriors, a community’s need for effective law enforcement, a caravan's need for security. And that practical need ultimately produced practical methods, means of fighting which are efficient, easy to learn and profoundly effective. As a result, every warrior tradition studied techniques for attacking the body’s weak points. Initially, the weak points targeted would be the obvious – eyes, throat, ears, groin. But, because these are obvious, the human body is particularly good at guarding and protecting them, so the arts needed to progress to the study of less obvious, but not less effective, targets.

As a result, ancient warriors adapted medical knowledge of pressure points (the same points used in acupuncture), into fighting methods, crafting specialized techniques which were unexpected and sublime. Pressure point fighting methods are widely attested in the histories of the martial arts, including marma adi (India), diǎnxué fǎ or dim mak (China), and kyusho-jitsu (Okinawa).

Because the pressure point methods were so effective, and because the strategies of the fighting arts were, in many ways, proprietary secrets, the knowledge of pressure points methods was passed only privately and to a very few individuals. But, as a result of incomplete transmission over the generations, pressure point fighting was in danger of becoming lost entirely.

Two Okinanwan instructors, Hohan Soken, and Taika Seiyu Oyata, each privately shared knowledge of pressure points with the American karate instructor George A. Dillman. What they did not expect was that Dillman would not observe the old method of secret transmission of knowledge. Instead, Dillman openly taught everything he was taught. And because he shared openly, others joined him and began researching the methods of pressure point fighting. As a result kyusho-jitsu experienced a renaissance, and today is being hungrily studied by martial artists around the globe.

Pressure point fighting uses the principles and points of acupuncture in highly effective ways. By attacking points in combination, an opponent is easily incapacitated with minimum effort. And these methods produce little or no harm in the application, which is a significant benefit for self-defense in this modern, lawsuit-happy world.

Chris Thomas, the head of the KJK, learned pressure point fighting directly from George Dillman and is one of Dillman’s most senior students. As the co-author, with George Dillman, of the definitive books on the pressure point fighting, he is one of the world’s best authorities on the subject.

taichiThe name, Tai Chi Chuan, means something like “The Absolute Best Martial Art.” And in the past, Tai Chi lived up to its boastful title, producing fearsome warriors. Today, however, most people who perform “tai chi” are doing nothing at all of martial value. Drawn to Tai Chi Chuan as a gentle, low-impact exercise – and its usual association with meditation and peaceful pursuits – modern practitioners are oblivious to the fact that it is really a devastating and sometimes brutal form of self-protection.

In reality, the iconic slow movements are not for the sake of gentle exercise, but are intended to allow the practitioner to clearly picture the precise use of each action, and especially the exact manner in which pressure points are attacked. In this way, the mind is trained as the most important weapon (Tai Chi is the thinking person’s style). But, oblivious to the actual meaning of Tai Chi Chuan, modern players wave their arms in a dancelike parody of this great fighting style.

In contrast, the Tai Chi practitioners of the KJK treat Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art, plumbing the depths of practice for insights into the style as it was originally intended. Ironically, this emphasis on the original combative and defensive nature of the art, actually enhances its value as a form of beneficial exercise.

For example, most contemporary Tai Chi players struggle to “move their chi” by means of intense and frustrating concentration as they perform the solo form. The KJK Tai Chi practitioners, on the other hand, concentrate on visualizing the application of the movement, and in accordance with the principle “intention directs chi”, the chi spontaneously flows.

Also, contemporary Tai Chi players concentrate on the beauty of the movements, and in the process place their bodies in awkward and damaging positions (yes, there are injuries associated with doing Tai Chi – that is, doing it incorrectly). The KJK Tai Chi Chuan practitioner, however, is concerned about exact body structure from the need for martial effeciency. But, this exact body structure turns out to be the most naturally aligned position for the joints, resulting in the best possible exercise for a lifetime of study.

When understood and practiced as a truly martial art, Tai Chi Chuan reveals profound secrets of self-protection that can serve effectively in dangerous situations. But, it also provides for a truly life-long program of physical and mental practice, producing benefits in all areas of life. In this way, Tai Chi Chuan is truly a Life Protection skill.

rescriptedcoverMost self defense courses are composed of martial arts techniques which work only for skilled athletes. Such methods are poorly suited for people of average strength and fitness levels. SELF DEFENSE RESCRIPTED emphasizes the use of core strengths, which represent the strongest possible physical actions, regardless of age, gender, or athletic prowess.

Most self defense courses emphasize the use of hard counter-blows, and force-on-force tactics to beat down a subject. In contrast, SELF DEFENSE RESCRIPTED applies techniques against the natural (but often unrecognized) weaknesses of the body in order to neutralize the disparities in age, size and strength. In particular, SELF DEFENSE RESCRIPTED uses simple, but sophisticated methods of neuro-dehabituation as a central method.

Most self defense courses are based on wrong assumptions about the nature of violent encounters and wrong estimates of what makes for an effective response. In fact, the most commonly taught self-defense methods actually increase danger, rather than decreasing it. SELF DEFENSE RESCRIPTED incorporates a dynamic psycho-physical strategy which powerfully re-writes the victim/perpetrator encounter in startling and unexpected ways, radically redefining the relationships of power and control.

SELF DEFENSE RESCRIPTED is self defense re-imagined, re-envisioned, re-invented. From physical movement, to counter methods, to strategic modality, SELF DEFENSE RESCRIPTED represents a significant leap forward in the science of self-protection. And yet, the system is built on a foundation of simple, natural actions. This makes SELF DEFENSE RESCRIPTED easy to learn, and empowering to know. And, the remarkable nature of “rescripting” develops transferable skills which can enhance all areas of life.

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Superior H2H and Close Engagement Applications
Flux is a rapid acquisition curriculum of self-defense, defensive tactics and empty hand methods for civilian, law enforcement and military clientele. Flux Master Instructors tailor this innovative curriculum for the level of force and specific tactical needs of each community. Flux-Control is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with specialized skills for working the fine line between effective close contact techniques and excessive force.

Superior Learning Modality
Most Defensive Tactics and Close Engagement systems are presented as Scenario-Specific Tactical Solutions (SSTS) – an assemblage of “tricks.” As a result, persons receiving training in these courses have been taught, technique A is for situation X; technique B is for situation Y, and so on. A typical “fundamental” unarmed combat curriculum can contain dozens of techniques. As a result, reaction times are slowed, because personnel are left trying to match the right response to fit the situation. In contrast, Flux-Control is based on a sequence of four simple actions, which are then applied across an array of tactical problems. Reaction time is increased, and learning time is decreased, because every situation is solved in essentially the same manner.

Superior Kinesthetics
Most Defensive Tactics and Close Engagement systems are designed for use by young, large, athletic trainees. As a result, these methods are poorly suited for smaller trainees, and experienced officers whose fitness levels have declined with age. Flux-Control emphasizes the use of core strengths which represent the strongest possible physical actions, regardless of age, gender, or athletic prowess. For this reason, Flux-Control represents a significant advancement in effectiveness, while decreasing the chances of officer-injuries leading to costly Workers Compensation claims.

Superior Bio-mechanical and Neurological Principles
Exploiting weaknesses in a subject’s structure is at the heart of Flux-Control methods. Every technique is applied against the natural (but often unrecognized) weaknesses of the body. In particular, Flux-Control uses simple, but sophisticated, methods of neuro-dehabituation to overcome subject resistance. In extreme cases, these methods can even be used to instantly incapacitate a violent subject.

No one knows exactly how incapacitation using neuro-dehabituation produces the remarkable results it does; however, an examination of these methods – conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, and published in Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness – found no evidence that these methods cause harm, trauma, or injury. Persons who have received such techniques sometimes feel as though they were subjected to hard blows, but, video records show nothing actionable. Nor, is there any bruising or other lasting injury to be photographed or reported.

Superior Moral and Ethical Standing
The Flux-Control program comes with a unique moral/ethical vetting process: the designers include not only personnel from several Law Enforcement and Corrections departments, but also from the religious and healthcare communities. This broad representation insures that Flux-Control is consistent with the highest possible moral and ethical standards, and that it represents a truly humane approach to close engagement tactics. In this way, the effective and efficient techniques which form the Flux-Control curriculum not only protect officers from aggressive subjects, but also protect departments from charges of excessive force.

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Flux: Cutting Edge Solutions for Violent Encounters
Flux is a rapid acquisition curriculum of self-defense, defensive tactics and empty hand methods for civilian, law enforcement and military clientele. Flux Master Instructors tailor this innovative curriculum for the level of force and specific tactical needs of each community. Flux-Humane is designed to provide ordinary individuals with potent tools for avoiding and surviving violent encounters.

Meeting a Real need with a Realistic Response
Most self-defense courses are designed by male martial arts practitioners who succeed by virtue of their muscles. But, such methods are poorly suited for people of average strength and fitness levels. Flux-Humane emphasizes the use of core strengths, which represent the strongest possible physical actions, regardless of age, gender, or athletic prowess.

Most self-defense courses emphasize the use of hard counter-blows to beat away an attacker. In this manner, they treat the violent encounter as a toe-to-toe grudge match between equal contestants. In contrast, Flux-Humane applies techniques against the natural (but often unrecognized) weaknesses of the body in order to negate the differences in age, size and strength which predators count on. In particular, Flux-Humane uses simple, but sophisticated, methods of neuro-dehabituation to incapacitate the violent attacker.

Most self-defense courses are based on wrong assumptions about the nature of violent encounters and wrong estimates of what makes for an effective response. In fact, the most commonly taught self-defense methods actually increase danger, rather than decreasing it. Flux-Humane incorporates a dynamic psycho-physical strategy which powerfully rescripts the predator/prey encounter in startling and unexpected ways.

The developers of Flux-Humane literally re-engineered self-defense. From physical movement, to counter methods, to strategic modality, Flux-Humane represents a significant leap forward in the science of self-protection. And yet, the system is built on a foundation of just four simple actions. This makes Flux-Humane simple to learn, and empowering to know.

A Genuinely Humane Approach to Self-Defense
Unlike violent predators, people of good will are reluctant to injure others. Predators count on this reluctance, knowing that a potential victim will hesitate before fighting back, and will hold back when fighting because of a concern for causing harm. Flux-Humane is designed around humane methods and concepts, which have been shown to be stunningly effective, without causing injury. This removes response hesitation due to moral reluctance, produce more reliably positive outcomes.

Curriculum elements vary according to the specific need of the group, and the time allotted for the class
Training elements can include:
-Psychology and Ethics of Self-defense
-Self-Defense Rescripted®
You can defend yourself
-Welcoming the Attack
Working into Your Strength
Working against his weakness
-Humane Pressure Point Self-defense
Location and Method of Useful Pressure Points
Pressure Point Responses to specific tactical problems
Dynamic Training Methods to increase retention
-Special Circumstances
Defending Others
Dealing with weapons
Defense in Difficult Settings

Seminars are Available in the following configurations:
1. Self-Defense Rescripted® seminar: 90 minutes
2. Intensive one day Seminar: 4 hours
3. 10 Hour Intensive Course (Taught in 5, 2 hour weekly classes).

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Flux: Cutting Edge Solutions for Violent Encounters
Flux is a rapid acquisition curriculum of self-defense, defensive tactics and empty hand methods for civilian, law enforcement, military, and special settings clientele. Fluxsm Master Instructors tailor this innovative curriculum for the level of force and specific tactical needs of each community. Flux-Humane3pi is designed for personnel working in special settings in which violent individuals are potentially also clients or patients.

Meeting a Real Need with a Realistic Response
Most defense and control courses are designed by male martial arts practitioners who succeed by virtue of their muscles. But, such methods are poorly suited for people of average strength and fitness levels. Flux-Humane3pi emphasizes the use of core strengths, which represent the strongest possible physical actions, regardless of age, gender, or athletic prowess.

Most defense and control courses emphasize the use of hard counter-blows, and force-on-force tactics to beat down a subject. In contrast, Flux-Humane3pi applies techniques against the natural (but often unrecognized) weaknesses of the body in order to neutralize the disparities in age, size and strength which can result in injury to staff attempting to assist. In particular, Flux-Humane3pi uses simple, but sophisticated, methods of neuro-dehabituation to incapacitate the violent subject.

Most defense and control courses are based on wrong assumptions about the nature of violent encounters and wrong estimates of what makes for an effective response. In fact, the most commonly taught self-defense methods actually increase danger, rather than decreasing it. Flux-Humane3pi incorporates a dynamic psycho-physical strategy which powerfully rescripts the victim/threat encounter in startling and unexpected ways.

The developers of Flux-Humane3pi literally re-engineered defense and control tactics. From physical movement, to counter methods, to strategic modality, Flux-Humane3pi represents a significant leap forward in the science of self-protection. And yet, the system is built on a foundation of simple, natural actions. This makes Flux-Humane3pi simple to learn, and empowering to know.

Humane Tactics Tailored for Special Settings
Unlike self-defense against violent criminal assaults, subjects in special settings are often clients or patients. In many cases, the violent behavior results from mental illness, altered mental state due to medical condition, or psycho-active effects of medications. Staff responding to such events have a moral and ethical obligation to protect as well as subdue the subject. But, tentativeness and restraint on the part of staff concerned about causing harm (as well as constraints put on staff by the company lawyers and policy-makers concerned about lawsuits) can expose staff to injury, and institutions to Worker’s Compensation claims.

Flux-Humane3pi teaches highly effective humane tactics which minimize risk of injury for both staff and subject, as well as the risk of legal exposure. And, in extreme cases, these methods can even be used to instantly incapacitate a violent subject. Techniques can be successfully applied by a lone care provider, or in a team approach. Special settings training includes an emphasis on third-party intervention and institution-specific scenarios.

Reliably Humane, Moral, and Ethical
The Flux-Humane3pi program comes with a unique two-part moral/ethical vetting process: First, the most extreme of the Flux-Humane3pi tactics (incapacitation by neuro-dehabituation) have been subjected to medical scrutiny at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (results published in Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness) and no evidence was found that these methods cause harm, trauma, or injury. Second, the designers of Flux-Humane3pi include not only personnel from several Law Enforcement and Corrections departments, but also from the religious and healthcare communities. This broad representation insures that Flux-Humane3pi is consistent with the highest possible moral and ethical standards, and that it represents a truly humane approach to close engagement tactics. In this way, the effective and efficient techniques which form the Flux-Humane3pi curriculum not only protect staff, and clients/patients, but also protect institutions.

Adaptable and Customizable
The Flux program was created for maximum adaptability, so that the core concepts could be easily adapted to address the needs of many different clientele (from civilians seeking a little peace of mind, to war-fighters in need of reliable combatives), and different locations along the use-of-force continuum (from nuisance assaults to deadly confrontation). Flux-Humane3pi is easily customized to fit the needs of your institution. The Flux-Humane3pi trainers are so fluent at tactical analysis, that they can even design special training modules to fit situations or environments which are entirely unique to your situation.


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Sample Multi-Session Curriculum Content for Special Settings

-Introduction to Self-Defense and Other-Defense
- Psychology and Ethics of Self-defense
-Tactical Triage
-Fundamentals of Mechanical Advantage
-Psychological & Physiological Rescripting (Welcome the Attack)
-Humane Techniques
-Claiming Advantage (Responsive Tactics)
-Initiating Advantage (Approach and Control Tactics)
-Third-Party Intervention (Solo)
-Third-Party Intervention (Team)
-Scenario-Specific Tactical Analysis


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