Eight Elements

“If average effort and mediocrity is your goal, you should train at a different school. If success, excellence, and being the best are important to you, then welcome to Kenjute!” Master Foster

          The ultimate goal in Kenjute is to produce well-educated students who are capable of performing under pressure.  This is achieved by showing students an incredible amount of martial arts knowledge.  Every student is different because of personal interest, body type, experience, and ability.  As such, each will tend to pick their favourite techniques and areas of study to excel in.  By insisting that every student learns from all elements, it will make them more versatile and able to express themselves at a much higher level.  Even though an individual might not enjoy a particular skill set as much as others, it may be of keen interest and benefit to a future student that they themselves may teach down the road and therefore they should embrace all knowledge presented to them.  

          Realistically, no one will “master” every skill and technique.  However, exposure to such an expansive curriculum WILL produce well-rounded students who can attain a high level of proficiency in all areas and perhaps “mastery” in some.  Another key point to understand is that although Kenjute teaches a broad range of martial arts knowledge and skills to address consumer demands, at the very core of all training is practical and effective street self-defence – both empty-hand and with weaponry.

Eight Elements of Kenjute:

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          The Kenjute martial art system is broken down into eight major learning elements:

427 Fundamentals skills (17 stances, 27 blocks, 62 upper limb strikes, 49 lower limb strikes, 3 ground positions, 7 rolls, 34 body maneuvers, 58 locks, 15 chokes, 24 ground moves, 33 take-downs, 51 pinches/pressure points, 33 arresting control positions, and 14 kicking methods)

331 Empty-Hand Self-Defence techniques (48 manipulation, 64 striking, 27 unique scenarios, 64 extensions, 64 compounds and inserts, and 64 intersects) plus expanded variables, mirror image, grafting, and meshing

32 Weapons (162 weapon self-defence techniques)

10 Sparring variations (40 combinations plus matches in point, mat, continuous contact, open, and 6 different weapons sparring) 

28 Forms (11 empty-hand, 10 weapons, and 7 self-defence)

Special Skills training methods (breaking, shield work, bag work, makiwara training, specialty maneuvers, specialty combat sections, and basics drills)

Ancillary Skills (resistance strength exercises, numerous weight training programs, flexibility stretches, coordination drills, balance movements, and focus exercises); and over

165 Theory sections (history, concepts, principles, strategy, philosophy, anatomy, leadership, first aid, survival, business skills, and more)

These Fundamentals Skills are logically placed throughout the belt structure based on degree of difficulty.

Kenjute’s Belts:

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Kenjute - Ground Kick
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