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The Traditional Mixed Martial Arts Dojo trains using two 'styles'; Kuniba-Ha Shito-Ryu and Kuniba Ryu Goshin-do. These arts combine Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Aikido and Karate-jitsu into one complete system! This system has been taught to Law Enforcement in Virginia since 1971 through the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). I keep a simple training plan which consists of: Kihon, Kata, Bungai and Kumite.

Kihon ( 基本 ) - is a Japanese term meaning "basics" or "fundamentals." These are your blocks, punches, kicks and shrimping (a way to improve your position when fighting on your back).

Kata ( )   - is a Japanese term frequently translated as "way of doing". The basic goal of kata is to preserve and transmit proven techniques. By practicing in a repetitive manner the learner develops the ability to execute those techniques and movements in a natural, reflex-like manner. Systematic practice does not mean permanently rigid. The goal is to internalize the movements and techniques of a kata so they can be executed and adapted under different circumstances, without thought or hesitation. Unfortunately most Martial Arts styles in the world today do not train with Kata the way that it was intended. Many places teach kata but its only use is for promotions, demonstrations or tournaments. They will show you some meanings of the kata but in order for it to work the attacker has to be standing or doing something specific. In our system, every movement of the kata has a purpose. Each section of the kata has multiple techniques which can be used in various scenarios.

Bunkai ( 分解 )  - is a Japanese term which can be translated as the application or technique of a kata. Kuniba, Soke was credited with being one of the first to teach the Bungai to the Kata. Not a stiff one dimensional way of thinking, but as it was intended. Kata is not to teach technique but principle of technique. That way it fits everyone's body and size, strength etc. By being true to kata you will learn the strengths and weaknesses of the body and your technique will be bound only by your imagination to the principle of the kata.

Kumite ( 組手 )  - is a Japanese term meaning "free hand sparring". Now you're using all of the Kihon, Kata, and Bungai that you've learned, and you're applying them to unscripted scenarios. Some (most) American Martial Arts will have you Sparring on your first night of lessons. As a result, you will use what has gotten you through life up to when you started training. In our system, kumite is used as another tool to prepare you for confrontations on the street.

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Located upstairs                                              Butler Health and Fitness                                  215 North Duffy Rd. Butler, PA.
Adults/Teens age 13-up  Mon 7:50-9pm Wednesday 7:35-8:35 pm        
(724) 201-1000
Michael Fletcher, Sensei

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