Martial Arts at De Montfort University DMU offers several martial arts clubs of differing styles and types. All clubs are forms of self-defence having been developed over many years, and can be seen in use in police forces, armies, self defence classes, competitions and so on all over the world. Which is the best martial art to do? Well, different clubs teach different things, have different teaching styles, and appeal to different people. There is no martial art that is better than all the others in all situations. The best martial art for you personally depends on your tastes and what you are looking for. If you are interested in taking up a martial art or self-defence course and you try a particular club and find you don’t like it, don’t give up there and then. Try a different martial art or even a different club of the same style, as you might just find the one that’s right for you! You might ask yourself what exactly are you after in a martial art. Very self defence orientated? Competitions? No holds barred? Something relatively gentle? Something physical? Something fancy? Well, in order to help you with what we offer here at DMU, below is a small guide to all of our clubs. Remember, if you don’t find you are getting on with one club then try another one. Try them all if you are really keen! There is often some overlap in martial arts, and all clubs will do something the other clubs do to some degree. Aikido Club th Aikido is a martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the early 20 century. Aikido looks at using an attacker against themselves rather than direct strikes (punching and kicking), and also concentrates on internal power and energy. Aikido uses throws, locks and pressure points rather than punches and kicks. Training not only teaches defences from attackers and from weapons such as the Bo and Jo (sticks), knives and bokken (wooden sword), but also some skills in using these weapons for defence. Jiu Jitsu Club Jiu Jitsu is the forerunner from which many other martial arts have developed, including Judo, Aikido and Karate The Jiu Jitsu club at DMU is very self-defence orientated. Much of the training uses unarmed defence and is neither size nor strength reliant, using opponents against themselves. It covers single and multiple attackers, many different weapons defences (from knives to chains to bottles to chairs to just about anything), being attacked standing, sitting, lying down and most other ways you can imagine. Jiu Jitsu uses throws, locks, holds and pressure points as well as striking. Teaching is via qualified and registered instructors, affiliated to a national Jiu Jitsu organisation and the BJJA). Shootfighting Club Shootfighting is a modern progressive Mixed Martial Art (MMA) club. We teach fighting (inc. defence!) techniques from Muay Thai, Boxing, Judo, Wrestling, Russian Sombo and Jiu Jitsu. Our training is far more sport based than traditional, therefore whether training for competition (submission/shoot) fighting, self-defence or fun; fitness and condition are emphasised. We have registered kickboxing and shootfighting instructors, as well as our senior affiliated KSBO coach. Tae Kwon Do Club Tae Kwon Do (TKD) is a very fitness orientated and competitive sport. Popular around the world, it can be even be seen now in the Olympic games. One of the most popular and most recently developed martial arts, TKD is a pro-active art – based on attacking movements. As well as spectacular leg techniques, you will learn patterns, destruction and semi-contact sparing. DMU TKD is a successful competition club with many National champions. Finally More information on any of these clubs including training times, costs and requirements can be found by contacting the clubs directly (check for posters / ask in the student union or sports centre / just turn up to a training session).
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