Tai-Jitsu Karate blends traditional “stand up” punch and kick techniques with ground fighting and self-defense skills to form a single, holistic fighting system. Our students are as proficient using a counter punch to defend against a kick, as using a drop shoulder throw to defend against a rear naked choke. As such, Tai-Jitsu is a traditional “mixed martial art” allowing our students to defend themselves at any time, in any place.
We do not train katas or forms in Tai-Jitsu. Rather, we focus on a series of realistic techniques, drills, and sequences that evolve as the student’s knowledge and skills improve. We use a belt ranking system similar to that used in other martial arts, and assign a set of skills to each belt (white, yellow, green, blue, red, brown, and black). Our instructors ensure that students have ample time during each class session to learn and practice the skills for their next belt level, so that the skills become engrained and “muscle memory” takes over.
Also, unlike some martial arts, Tai-Jitsu works well not only with teenagers and adults, but with students of all ages and body types. Children as young as 6 years of age thrive on our program, and we have many male and female students who decide to take up Tai-Jitsu later in life.
As with any worthwhile pursuit, you will not become proficient in Tai-Jitsu overnight. In fact, it will take many years of diligent study and training to attain the coveted black belt rank. But, you will begin learning practical self-defense skills from your very first day in class, and have the opportunity to get into first-class shape at the same time.
Stop by Steel City Martial Arts and try a Tai-Jitsu class – you’ll be glad that you did.