What Fudoshin isn't...and other things you wont find here.
Darren Ball - Nidan. 2/3/03
A single art
Fudoshin is a system based on warrior training principles. The philosophy we embrace is that of the Bushi of ancient Japan. This word simply means 'warrior' and refers to all fighting men and women, including the class known as the Samurai. The Samurai's un-armed combat is usually referred to as Jujutsu. Actually, Jujutsu is in itself a concept of fighting which in general was applied to the warriors of ancient times. Our system is conceptually based, rather than technically based. This means that the concept of philosophy behind the training is focused on as being more important than the technique.
As far as the techniques are concerned, you will find elements of Jujutsu, Judo, Karate, Aikido and usually many others. We use these systems to complement our philosophy of training in all areas of combat. You will find that all Martial Arts have similar concepts and are generally linked in their basic philosophies. This is the Fudoshin way. To study the arts in this way is to embrace the most ancient of combat training principles; if it works, use it. The Samurai did not care who owned a type of technique, or what school it was from. If it saved their lives, it was worth learning. Also, studying the concept rather than one particular style enables us to understand more about Martial Arts as a whole and we can become a more complete, true student of the Martial Arts.
Many styles have different things to offer as well as their fields of specialty. At Fudoshin, we study areas of combat using techniques from multiple styles so that we may better understand the sciences of combat and the philosophy of Martial Arts.