Categorising Martial Arts / Combat

‘We tell it as it is’. Views and opinions have caused misunderstanding however the truth must be told in regards to what is useful. Kickboxing as self defence. Simply wearing a glove is not what’s an everyday item that you possess in the event of an attacked. As a result of wearing gloves practitioners do not know how to clench a proper fist. Striking this way would cause more injury to the defendant. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Emphasis on ground fighting defence has so many disadvantages. Ground fighting is not realistic against multiple attackers Weak against attackers with concealed weaponry Not advisable wrestling on concrete and other hard stoned surface.

  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

BRAZILIAN 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 Koreas 

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. 



Krav Maga

Self Defence Systems

KRAV MAGA

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.

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 methods.

While  useful knowledge on defence is attain, absent from such methods and ​systems are katas, Sets, Patterns. Absent are the practice of meditation to calm the mind practice to develop spirit, tranquility and generally Martial Arts etiquette, moral aspects and philosophy.

Systems as such incorporate random techniques into  their programs that although having gain knowledge on self defence, students do not master techniques.
Nothing Mastered nothing gained.