FAQ

Can I stop by and see if I might like it?

Anyone can stop by and watch or try out Karate or Jujitsu classes. You are welcome during any of the normal class hours, see the schedule days and times. Wear loose fitting clothing and come with an open mind and a good attitude. Talk to the instructors and ask questions.

What is the difference between Karate and Jujitsu?

Karate, specifically in our case - Ryukyu Kempo, is a martial art that uses punches, kicks and joint locks with some grappling. Forms, or kata, contain self-defense techniques which can be practiced individually.

Jujitsu, specifically in our case - Small Circle Jujitsu, also contains strikes and kicks with a focus on grappling such as throws, joint locks and arm bars utilizing pain compliance.

Both Ryukyu Kempo and Small Circle Jujitsu utilize pressure points to enhance techniques. This is called Kyusho Jitsu and comes from Professor George Dillman's studies of the use of pressure points in all arts.

How is what you teach different from other schools or arts?

We focus specifically on self-defense. We do not participate in tournaments. What we do is not a sport. All arts evolved from the same roots. Over the many years different styles developed and the meaning of the original arts was lost, hidden or watered down. We study the components of the traditional arts in the spirit of self-defense while evolving our techniques and principles with open sharing of knowledge.

Do I need to be in good physical condition to do martial arts?

While being in good physical condition is always a good thing, if someone has a physical limitation we will take that into consideration when particpating. Make sure you tell the instructor what your limitation is or if you are injured let them know that as well. Student safety is paramount.

Will I get hurt?

Student safety is # 1. Every precaution is taken to ensure safety. Classes are controlled and focused. No one will be made or asked to do something that would result in an injury. As with any physical activity, accidents may happen and students need to be aware of the risks associated with such an activity. Anyone who injures another will not be allowed to test for their next belt rank and/or may be expelled from the dojo depending on the circumstances.

Are the skills I learn transferable to other schools?

What we teach are principles based arts. Both Ryukyu Kempo Karate and Small Circle Jujitsu while based on traditional arts leave the student with principles which canbe applied to any other art. And because Ryukyu Kempo (Dillman Karate International) and Small Circle Jujitsu are international organizations, there are many schools located in the US in major cities and rural areas as well as other countries.