Yu Ko Ryu



This system is derived from some of the traditional fighting methods of Japanese origin brought together to form a school of training for physical education, mind and body conditioning, combative sport, self defense, and recreation, while learning the value of living a morally oriented life.

Jujitsu – “The Gentle Art”

The art and principles of hand-to-hand combat in most of the world are based on surprise, first strike, greater force, and divine intervention. In ancient Japan, another principle was discovered, “the art of giving way”. This unique concept changed the theories of size and strength as the most decisive factors in unarmed combat. These techniques used the motion and direction of the aggressor by moving in concert with him or her. The force exerted by the aggressor is redirected rather than directly opposed. This leads the aggressor into a state of unbalance and permits a smaller, weaker person to overcome a larger, stronger one. Expertise in jujitsu was a requirement for a samurai in case he was disarmed in combat. From this practice we develop agility of mind and body, awareness of our range of motion, and the grips and positions that may disable, subdue or kill an adversary.

Judo – The "Principal" of “The Gentle Art”

In 1882 Jigoro Kano, a Japanese Jujitsu master, designed a new method of practicing the principles of “the art of giving way” he opened a school and named it Kodokan. This was the beginning of the sport of Judo. Kano was an expert in many techniques but he thought that some techniques were too dangerous to be executed at full speed in competitive practice. Eliminating the disabling and killing techniques from Jujitsu, we practice his principle of “maximum efficiency with minimum effort”. Judo is practiced all over the world and is an Olympic sport. This practice is our starting point, permitting a safe method of attack and defense as sport, learning to respect our adversaries’ skill and spirit, developing the confidence and will to win that is necessary for self defense. We also learn that loosing and humility are a possibility in combat, and loss of a battle can’t be allowed to dampen our spirits for the next encounter.

Karate – “The Empty Hand”

In English we call karate “the empty hand”. This is a system of combat techniques designed for maximum damage to any assailant, military or civilian. In this martial art training we put all of our mental and physical energy into defense of our person when there is no reasonable rout of escape. The whole body is trained and used as a set of weapons. Under attack by one or several attackers, an adequately trained karateka is able to escape from, injure, or kill his or her enemies. This is the teaching of the most effective kicks, strikes, and blocks for use as defense, especially when defending against multiple assailants. We target the most vulnerable parts of the assailant’s body with focus on penetrating the target to kill, breaking the surface to injure, or stopping short, with minimum contact, when practiced as a sport .