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We’re a Self Defence Academy based in Pelican Park, Cape Town, South Africa, offering classes to the public.


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What is Atemi Ryu Self Defence?

Atemi Ryu Self Defence is a modern martial arts system. Atemi Ryu Self Defence uses instinctive movements aggressive counter attacks and a no-holds-barred mentality without the ceremonial elements of traditional martial arts.

Atemi Ryu is a Japanese word and its English translation means “School of Striking“. We present a unique self defence system that is a collective form of combat martial arts.

This self defence system will teach you to use punches, kicks, knees, elbows, and grappling techniques to defend yourself. It is a unique and practical system because it was developed to bring people to a high level of proficiency in hand-to-hand combat in a very short period of time.

This unique self defence system stresses efficiency, aggression and, above all, survival. This philosophy resulted in traditional elements of martial arts practice like forms, katas, and rules for competition, being omitted from the training, so in addition to the previously mentioned striking and grappling techniques, this system also teaches techniques like headbutts, groin strikes, strikes to the back of the head, eye gouges, and throat strikes. All of which would be considered illegal in a sanctioned sport fight or martial arts competition.

Like many other fighting styles, this form of self defence system uses a ranking system based on belts. Each belt level is used to represent the skill level of the student. Lower-level belts can typically be earned in a few months, whereas higher-level belts can take years.

The 5 key principles of Self Defence that Atemi Ryu utilizes are as follows;

  • Situational awareness (Identify the threat)
  • Immediate response (Respond without hesitation)
  • Direct attacks (Use direct thrust attacks before any fancy hook attacks)
  • Be explosive (When striking, aggressively target vulnerable areas)
  • Keep it simple (Don’t rely on fancy techniques)

Every aspect of Atemi Ryu Self Defence training is based on these principles. Adhering to the same principles unilaterally makes this system easy to learn and easy to retain. Students learn one defence for multiple attacks. Ultimately students have to remember fewer details and can apply systemic action to fight back and win if they are attacked. This becomes very important in dealing with some of the scariest types of assaults and attacks, like those involving attackers armed with guns, knives, and blunt weapons. Atemi Ryu Self Defence trains people to deal with these sorts of real-world dangers. Atemi Ryu Self Defence does not train people for rules-based competitions.

To summarize, your training is straight forward and practical. You will learn to adapt your knowledge automatically to use a combination of what you have learnt and what is the most effective in any situation you encounter.

Atemi Ryu’s self defence system has no regard for the safety and well-being of the attacker, therefore we have no sports applications at this academy. We concentrate on teaching purely what works and has been proven to be effective.

This is a progressive multiform of martial science integrated into one effective system. We strongly recommend that everyone, including women and children must be able to defend themselves in this day and age.

Atemi Ryu Self Defence, as a system, is always adapting and changing. If a better technique is discovered, and it holds up the basic Atemi Ryu Self Defence principles, the old technique is omitted and the new technique is adapted into the system.

This is a self defence system. It will teach you how to use your body to fight back and win if you are attacked.

To really understand the answer to the question “What Is Atemi Ryu Self Defence”, is to come in and take a class at Atemi Ryu – Self Defence Academy

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No need to be super fit or have any previous knowledge of martial arts.

Classes are available to people of all ages and genders.


Atemi Ryu’s information is as follows;

Company Name: Atemi Ryu (Pty) Ltd, a private company registered in South Africa with registration number 2019/441447/07

Physical Address: Pelican Park Community Hall, Beak Road, Pelican Park, Cape Town, 7941, South Africa

Postal Address: 11 Bluebird Street, Pelican Park, Cape Town, 7941, South Africa

Contact email addressinfo@atemiryu.co.za

Contact number+27 67 034 6245

Contact Person for Correspondence: Eudocha Barry