Modality Self Defense
Torns in Yawara-Jitsu are based in the principle of maximum efficiency with the minimum effort.
They are based in a complete study of the joint, muscle and nervous systems. It is essential the accuracy in its execution, because a little deviation in the pressure or base points decreases considerably the efficiency.
Circular movement when doing it gives to the technique a difficult blow to counteract, taking advantage of the opponent action when starting the technique or his opposition reaction in its development.
Archimedes, Greek philosopher and mathematician, said that he would be able to move the world with a proper fulcrum. Lever technique, with a good base, is essential in most of the torn ligaments and strangles of Yawara-Jitsu.
We can divide torn ligaments in two groups: torn ligaments with a straight arm and torn ligaments with a bend arm. The reason why these two positions are important is that there is no resistance of the muscles, and therefore it is very easy to make a torn.
Tai-sabaki (a turn of the body in perfect balance) is essential when applying yawara-jitsu techniques properly. It is a circular dodge that, by means of a body turn, repeal the opponent’s attack, taking advantage of the opponent strength.
The throws and projections used in Yawara-Jitsu are basically those used in Judo (leg, hip and shoulder), choosing the most suitable to the self-defence and its real application. This way, when teaching or practising it, it must be taken into account the different variations without the necessity of a jacket and a pair of trousers consistent enough to make a proper balance and holding.
The sweeps used come from Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and Kung-Fu and are both with and without holds and with movement or still. In their practice and teaching, must be taken into account their real application, as well as in projections and throws.
Following the atemis definition, as a hit to a vital point, the quantity of atemis in Yawara-Jitsu, is limited, because any part of the body can be used as an arm (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, hip, teeth, shinbone etcâ€¦). Combinations are endless and resources varied. Atemis come from karate, boxing, kempo, kung-fu and Thai boxing. It is convenient their training standing still and in movement, alone and in combinations.
Floor work in Yawara-Jitsu is very complete and includes judo, sambo, jiu-jitsu and own developed techniques. Yawara-Jitsu sees the floor work as a possible but not necessarily a definite position, because in real combat the less we are on the floor, the best. Immobilisations are a transition to atemis and/or torn ligaments, of arm, finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, arm, ankle, knee, hip or neck. It is possible to counteract quickly and efficiently any position of the opponent (prone, supine or four base points).