THE TOTAL FIGHTING CONCEPTS SELF-DEFENSE SYSTEM
There are over 2000 different styles of JuJitsu. More popular today is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that has it’s beginnings from Mitsuo Maeda Sensei, a student of Jigaro Kano who is best known as the founder of Judo, brought Jiu-Jitsu to Brazil. However, the essence of JuJitsu remains an evolution of human expression and interpretation. Unfortunately, martial artists today are too quick to abuse this and create their own martial art and call it Kawasaki-Do Ryu Jitsu something without actually developing, testing, and training in the creation. The next step is the creator then calls himself a Grandmaster 10th Degree and that’s where it ends. It’s a sad story that gives those of us who have endured trials of martial art development a bad name. Martial Arts Unlimited Association founder, A.J. Weimer has spent a lifetime studying the various Japanese arts of Yoshin-Ryu JuJitsu, Shinzo Ryu Jujitsu, Tenjin Shinyo Ryu Jujitsu, Daito-Ryu Aiki-JuJitsu, Bodoshin JuJitsu, Shinobu Taijitsu. With so many variations and also having outside influences of Japanese Submission Fighting, Western Boxing, Thai-Boxing, and Filipino Martial Arts, A.J. was compelled to rework and introduce an innovative, clean, and comprehensive curriculum combining the arts into one. Total Fighting Concepts was a culmination of almost 10 years, multiple schools, and thousands of training hours, before the first curriculum was written. We at M.A.U.A. don’t care about being Grandmasters where rank is the focus. Instead, we focus on creating consistency and accountability to our training. Rank is secondary to our goals.
Total Fighting Concepts as ZenTai JuJitsu
ZenTai means “total, whole, or complete.” ZenTai JuJitsu is a concept of a whole and complete combative martial art. That is why we call this art in English, Total Fighting Concepts. The entire art is built on teaching students 5 basic ranges: Kicking, Punching, Clinch, Ground, and Weapon Ranges. Using this tool to teach and train by range allows the instructor to insert any blend of martial art that fits the range. The Martial Arts Unlimited Association created ZenTai JuJitsu to marry Martial Arts with Martial Fighting. The result is a total and complete martial arts fighting style… a Total Fighting Concept.
Over the years students have often been frustrated at the limiting factors of martial arts. For example, if a student were taking Karate, they would learn the high kicks, strong punches, and painful horse stances. However, there is little to no ground game. Moreover, if a student were to take only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they would miss out on learning a lot on weaponry to include more traditional styles of martial arts that have history, legacy, and culture. Some styles focus on joint locks while others only focus on striking. Some styles are all combative while others are all traditional.
Understand the point? Taking only one martial art can be very limiting in your martial art training experience.
The Martial Arts Unlimited Association needed to create a solution that blended all ranges and styles together allowing students of all ages and sizes to learn and grow as complete martial artists. In 1998, the Yoshindojo’s Head instructor, A.J. Weimer, began work on a new ideal and philosophy to mixed martial arts training. This original draft had various styles such as Aiki – JuJitsu, Thai Boxing, and Wing Chun. Unfortunately, it lacked the intensity that students were demanding. As a result, A.J., just like Bruce Lee and many others before, began training in as many martial arts as he could to give him insight and understanding into what really divided martial arts – what made each one unique. For example, Judo is a strong art in throws and clinch work. Their ability to ground grapple is also very powerful and effective but it lacks the street element needed for a street fight with strikes. For example, a boxer would dominate a Judo practitioner in striking and likewise, the Judo practitioner would dominate the boxer in takedowns and ground fighting. Both have valuable assets and yet both have very large gaps in practicality in street fighting.
The Trials and Birth of TFC
The first trial of a this self-defense system came in the summer of 1999, Tokyo, Japan when Martial Arts Unlimited began testing workouts that were a blend of fighting verses traditional styles. Originally the goal was to use traditional art techniques to build attributes like timing, speed, and coordination. These attributes would then be added to the martial fighting techniques thus making the workouts more combative and street worthy. Moreover, each technique was isolated by range allowing students to isolate certain techniques through training and then combine them later. The result was immediate. What would take students years to learn in concept and theory now only took months. The mix was a complete success!!! Tests over a given period of time showed the mix of both traditional and practical were more appealing to the students than just focusing on one style. Unfortunately, nobody could really gauge their skill in this new form of training since it was only taught as workouts. Finally, in 2004 Martial Arts Unlimited put together the first complete and comprehensive mixed martial art called ZenTai JuJitsu or Total Fighting Concepts. Now, Martial Arts Unlimited students could take a structured class in mixed martial arts and earn a legitimate registered ranking. The entire art deemphasizes micro-training and puts the focus back on the quality of a martial artist by macro-training.
Two years after the birth of the art in 2006, Total Fighting Concepts was recognized by the United States Martial Arts Association by the late O Sensei Porter and saw it’s first set of ranked blackbelt instructors who are passing on the knowledge of a mixed martial art program to the rest o
f the world. We at Martial Arts Unlimited Association are very proud of where this conceptual art of expression and ability has taken us and where it will lead us in the future. After all, unless there “are human beings with three arms and four legs, unless we have another group of beings on earth that are structurally different from us, there can be no different styles of fighting… because of styles, people are separated [and] they are not united together because styles become law.” — Bruce Lee.
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