Taijutsu is a method of using the body for self
defence. Before there was
Karate etc, many believe there was the
Japanese art of Taijutsu. Actually, Taijutsu is the collective name
for any martial art that relies on body dynamics. In some lines of
aikido the word taijutsu denotes all aikido work without
Taijutsu is a
martial art which may include strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws and
many of the techniques found in the above mentioned (Aikido, Judo, Karate,
etc), it depends on the particular ryuha. While most of its aspects appear
external, the dedicated student will find many internal aspects as well.
Taijutsu is commonly associated with the schools that supposedly teach
Ninjutsu, although there are many ryuha with no relation to
Ninjutsu that have Taijutsu in their curriculum.
Asayama Ichiden ryu is just one example, there are far too many to
list them all. Taijutsu was used by
Ninja also used their own version of Taijutsu.
Currently, most Taijutsu schools operate under the
X-kan dojo. There are, however, a few which teach lesser known
stylings of Taijutsu.
- Taijutsu (Unarmed self-protection)
Junan Taiso (Body Conditioning)
Taihenjutsu (Body movement)
Dakentaijutsu (Striking Methods)
Koppojutsu (Bone attacks)
Koshijutsu (Muscle attcks)
Jutaijutsu (Grappling methods)
Gyakuwaza (Locks and controls)
A Taijutsu ryuha may contain anywhere between just one category to all
categories of the list above and more.