Unlike many other styles of martial arts, Niseido® Ju Jitsu continually strives to live up to the seven principles of the Code of Bushido, “the way of the warrior”. The Code Of Bushido teaches Humility, Truthfulness, Bravery, Benevolence, Compassion, Sincerity, Loyalty and Devotion to God, our country, our families, and friends, as well as every aspect of our lives.

As Niseido® Ju Jitsu practitioners we believe that the Code of Bushido serves as our constant reminder to perfect our character. Niseido® practitioners are taught to know their enemies, and this sometimes means the enemy within. Controlling the enemy is a great challenge, but controlling the enemy within is the greater challenge.

The Niseido® Ju Jitsu philosophy as taught, promoted and promulgated by Prof. Rick Riccardi and all Niseido® Ju Jitsu Instructors is that Niseido® Ju Jitsu is not an art of offense, but defense. We are never the attackers, only the defenders. However, one should never take our position of non aggression as a sign of weakness or cowardness. Because while we choose not to fight, one should not make the grave mistake of placing us in a situation whereby we will have to defend, because our defense (only if necessary) will be relentless and unforgiving.

In all Niseido® Ju Jitsu Dojo a unique style of fighting is practiced. The students square off as if they were engaged in “Kumite” (karate free-style sparring) kicks, punches and back fists are thrown suddenly a fast moving shoulder or hip throw is executed, the attacker lands on his back and is immediately subjected to a strangulation or mat hold, or possibly an arm lock. He taps the mat in submission. This fighting method is uncommon to many, but to us the addition of Judo to the free style fighting is what makes us stand out from the rest.

I Judo, which was founded by THE HONORABLE DR. JIGORO KANO is also a major part of our Ju Jitsu training. Randori (Judo free practice) is also a requirement. We believe that since Judo was born of Ju Jitsu, it must be returned to Ju Jitsu for Ju Jitsu to remain strong and scientific. Dr. Jigoro Kano was also a Ju Jitsu master and he used both the TENSHIN SHINYO RYU and the KITO RYU schools of Ju Jitsu as the foundation stones for his system which he called JUDO.

Our opening exercises consist of punching and kicking techniques which when combined with Judo during our fighting portion of the class gives us a unique system of self defense. We encourage all of our students to participate in both Judo and Karate tournaments whenever the opportunity arises. It is important that all students of Niseido® fully understand all aspects of the other Martial Arts.

We practice contact fighting which can and will get rough from time to time, (depending upon the students) but we must always remember that in today’s society survival is an every day reality. And unfortunately, in order to survive in our present society, we must rely upon our ability withstand the rigors of combat.

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