Most frequent asked questions

Atemi Ryu – Self Defence is a complete fighting system. The only rule is that there are no rules. An Atemi Ryu self defence practioner is as comfortable in a ground confrontation as a standing confrontation. (Note: a practioner does not necessarily want to be situated on the ground during a confrontation for several reasons including the threat of multiple attackers. Nevertheless, the reality is that many fights do end up on the ground.) This self defence system was developed to be learned in a short time, and, equally important, to be retained. It does not emphasize traditional katas or choreographed routines. Instead, Atemi Ryu’s self defence relies on continuous combat motion to complete the defence.

You don’t really have to. Self defence can be practiced in a track suit or other ordinary clothes, but the wearing of a camouflaged cotton Gi and black trousers, is the culture of Atemi Ryu – Self Defence Academy, and gives one a sense of identity and it’s very functional.

A colour belt system is used to denote the skill-level of the wearer.

No, Atemi Ryu’s self defence system was developed for people to learn self defence and advanced fighting skills regardless of previous self defence training or who have no self defence training at all. Our philosophy is to do “whatever works.” While this unique combat system emphasizes several basic techniques and advanced applications of these techniques to neutralize a dangerous situation, there may be no absolute or correct answer. The system is flexible in its thinking, true to its modern combat evolution. Techniques are constantly modified, revised, added and discarded as real-life encounters are taken into account and analysed.

As often as you are able, but at least twice a week.

Oh yes, most certainly! In fact, as long as you make sure that whoever is taking class knows that you suffer from Asthma, and as long as you are sensible and rest when you feel an attack coming on, then your training will do you good. Many types of physical disability in young students can be helped by self defence training, however it is important that you inform your instructor of any problems

That is a good question! First, try and find out about the instructor:  What are his/her qualifications? What do other members of his/her class think? Do they enjoy the classes? Does he/she seem to be “into” his/her classes or does he/she merely stand in front issuing directions?

It simply means “teacher” in Japanese and it is a sign of respect.

The bow, is a sign of respectful greeting, much as the handshake.