Categorising Martial Arts / Combat


  ShinKenDo Dojos are a pragmatic self defence Martial Arts club.
In ShinKen-Do we view ourselves as Self Defence Martial Arts practitioners.  The ability to defend oneself whilst in the process of avoiding injury also to the assailant.    Techniques are non sport.  When fighting we believe that both individuals are operating in the same motive and selfish reasons.    Through thorough study ShinKen-Do practitioners acquire the firstly mental skill knowing that the physical is secondary.    Training is not just learning quick self defence moves. It is not a sport that incorporates techniques from various background, nor its practitioners are blinded to the thinking that reality fighting ends up on the ground.   ShinKen-Do is a Martial Art self defence and life skills. Its a philosophy, a way of life, creating respect, improving ones character through discipline, obedience, integrity, tenacity and friendship.    

Categorising the Art

Karate, Kung fu, Aikido, Judo, Japanese Ju Jitsu, Tai Chi, and other forms are referred to as "Arts" because they are not merely combat-techniques but are also an expression of an Eastern "spiritual" philosophy.    Bowing, discipline, respect, are strong traits in oriental Martial Arts training. This serves a prime purpose to improve the individual not just physically ​but also mentally.     

Combat Forms Thai Kickboxing, MMA (Cage fighting), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Kickboxing are mostly from a sporting nature.  Thai Kickboxing apply mostly offensive techniques that serves a purpose but to annihilate the attacker without recognition of restraints or control.  The Widely practice sport of "Muay Thai" or Thai Boxing has clenches and throws but strikes are governed by rules categorising it mainly as a Martial Art Sport.  

MMA (Mix Martial Art) Cagefighting

Cage Fighting (MMA)

MMA is a no hold bared full contact competition fighting that is brutal in its form. It has gained popularity due to the

UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) craze in the mid 1990's. It utilises Strikes, throws as well as reversals.

MMA simply summed up is an accumulation of fighting arts mostly BJJ, Thai Boxing and Wrestling.

Unfortunately in many MMA gyms the students rarely if ever, learn the moral aspects that will ensure the safe and ethical application of the techniques, and this presents a very serious threat to ordinary people. 

Practitioners do not wear Martial Arts uniform secured by a belt. There are no practice involving weapons defence .

Practice and techniques are governed by rules. While Sport Combat is effective it has a life expectancy as individuals do not venture into the sport in their 40s, onwards. Like the majority of fighting sports MMA it requires youth, strength, fitness and flexibility

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

BJJ Brazillian Jiu Jitsu


(BJJ)Brazillian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a Martial Art that has gained popularity in full contact sports most noticeably in the UFC/MMA divisions.
Brazilian Jiu jitsu practitioners are quite dominant on the floor ending numerous bouts with either chokes or locks.
Due to the MMA craze it has flourish resulting in its belief that all fights end up on the floor and unlike Japanese Jiu Jitsu, a huge per cent of its practice emphasis on ground work.

While Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is strongest against singular attacks due to its confined practice of ground fighting.

It has minimal or no practice in the use of defence against weapons. Its approach to self defence leaves numerous believers in doubt as to the practicality in ground fighting when

A) Faced against multiple opponents

B) Wrestling on hard surface filled possibly with glass, gravel etc.

C) Attackers Concealment of a weapon.

However the truth remains that learning dominant ground fighting skills will improve an individuals self defence repertoire.

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do

There are various martial arts styles. Some focus primarily on self defence while others focus mainly on martial arts fitness and martial combat sport.

Tae kwon Do is a Martial Art and an Olympic Sport that is practice the world over. 

It place heavily emphasis on kicking techniques that is spectacular. 

Since its entry into the Seoul Olympics in the 1980s it has gain huge popularity. 

Tae Kwon Do has elements of restraints and throws. taken notably from the martial art of Hapkido originated also from Korea. Tae kwon Do is seen as Korea's premier martial arts 

Schools of Tae Kwon Do resulting from its heavy  sporting nature its practice on sparring within its schools are hugely govern by tournament and competition rules. 

Gone are the realism of an attack such as a grab neck hold, grappling and ground defence is virtually non-existent within a  Tae Kwon Do school.

As a martial art Tae Kwon Do were originally use for the Korean Military and recognised as a deadly fighting Martial Art now suffering from  its true nature as a practical Martial Art and a dominant method of self defence.

Life Expectancy 

Forms such as  Kickboxing, MMA, BJJ and most sporting fighting systems lies in the fact it has a life expectancy.

Gone are techniques that rely on strength and speed when the human body approaches older age. Numerous Masters would argue that training  in combat orientated forms result in a detrimental to health at a later stage is life.

Krav Maga

Self Defence Systems


95% of Martial Arts systems refer to themselves as self defence but actually this is quite often mistaken.

Systems of martial are that employs strictly striking techniques cannot be referred to as self defence.

Self-defense is about effectively ending an attack, quickly and with minimum injury not just to yourself but also to the attacker.
Offensively striking someone in "Self defence may see an individual in greater trouble in the eyes of law.

Good Self defence calls at times to be diplomatic, reasoning with the attacker thus not having thrown a single strike.

Fighting an individual as self defence is seen at many times to be operating on the same selfish motives as the assailant.

Most  systems emphasis on one aspect of self defence, however this training format leaves the practitioner with little knowledge in defence against oneself.

Japanese Jiu jitsu is classified as the mother of all martial art.

It encompass all four range of attacks such as 





There is also the practice of weapons defence.

However numerous systems claim to be based purely on Self defence such as Krav Maga(For example).

These systems refer themselves as non Martial Art. Their Purpose is to train the practitioner purely in the defence of a confrontation using mostly aggressive tactics utilising an array of Jiu jitsu,Thai boxing, and other combative methods.

While  useful knowledge on defence is attain, absent from such methods and ​systems are katas, Sets, Patterns practice of meditation,  practice in the development of  spirit, tranquility and generally Martial Arts etiquette, 

moral aspects and philosophy.

Systems as such incorporate random techniques into  their training program that although having gain knowledge on self defence, very rare that students of systems as Krav Maga do not Master anything.
Nothing Mastered is Nothing gained.