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Martial Arts

Aikido

Aikido is primarily a defensive art involving different techniques that utilize the attacker’s own energy and momentum. Much of these techniques are either throwing techniques, or immobilization techniques. The practice of this martial art is usually done in pairs. Depending on the dojo, there will or will not be weapon instruction. Where to try it: …

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is based solely on ground fighting and grappling. It teaches techniques for submission holds and joint locks, which enable a much smaller person to be able to control a larger and stronger opponent. There are no punches or kicks in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is a great self defense martial art because most fights …

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Judo

Judo literally translates as “gentle way.” This martial art comprises throwing techniques, and groundwork. It uses the opponent’s strength and momentum to perform techniques. The world famous Fukuoka International Women’s Judo Championships is held at the Kokusai Center in December every year. Where to try it: Meidokan 1-14-10 Akasaka,  Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi. Tel 092-761-2580. Shishinkai Judo …

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Karate

Karate There are many types of karate, but they all emphasize striking techniques over grappling. There are no weapons, though some may be taught at higher levels. There are two major components to the training of karate, kumite (sparring) and kata. Kata is a series of movements that are used to practice certain techniques. The …

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Kendo

Kendo means “the way of the sword” and is the art of Japanese fencing. This martial art was developed in the 16th century, and while it has been adapted since, it still remains a very traditional martial art. It emphasizes self-discipline, and features swords, a uniform and protective armor. Where to try it: Gokokutaiekukan 1-1-5 …

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Kyudo

Japanese Archery.

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Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji Kempo is a mixed martial art that incorporates techniques from karate, judo, aikido, as well as kung fu. The reason for utilizing techniques from different principles is to make a more complete martial art. There are striking techniques as well as throws and grappling. Where to try it: Zen Nihhon Kemporenmei Kenbukai 7-13-3 Arita, …

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Taekwondo

Taekwondo is the national sport of Korea and one of the worlds most commonly practiced martial arts. While it translates as “the way of the foot and the fist,” it is known primarily for its kicks. The reason that kicks are emphasized is because the leg is believed to be the longest and strongest weapon …

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi originated in China and is a form of moving meditation that allows the student to learn concentration and coordination along with breathing techniques. Practicing slow movements improves stability and flexibility in joints and muscles as well as letting the student relax while performing the movements. Where to try it: Fukuoka Taikyokuken Kyokai 5- …

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