Total Fighting Concepts Self-Defense System
In the dynamic world of martial arts, innovation is often met with resistance. In the 1990s, MAUA Founder AJ Weimer was training at the Progressive Martial Arts club on Yokota Air Base in Japan. With a desire for more, AJ started additional training in downtown Tokyo with various martial art schools including training at the Hombu Dojo for Aikido, Kodokan Judo Institute, Shinobudojo, Boxing, Shoot Fighting, Jiu-Jitsu, and Filipino Martial Arts. During this time, it was frowned upon in many martial art circles to cross-train across these different styles. School loyalty was everything. In old Japanese Samurai culture, this loyalty was summed up by the world Giri (義理). “Giri” means duty, honor, obligation, and loyalty.
Meanwhile, the core arts AJ was learning at the Progressive Martial Arts club was Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu Submission Fighting, and Combative Weapon arts. Each art was taught separately. A select number of students would ask for all three to be taught at the same time which was fundamentally difficult to do considering each art was unique as its own entity. At the same time, there were many desiring to learn only self-defense and expressed a desire for training something more practical than just a martial art. This is where the Totality of Fighting Concepts began.
Total Fighting Concepts is Born
AJ eventually left Progressive Martial Arts and started the Martial Arts Unlimited Association that has has been around for over 20 years to the present day. To kick this new association off and make a positive impact in the martial art community, Kaicho AJ Weimer created a system incorporating the best elements from each martial art he was training at that time. What made this art unique was the ability to absorb other arts, changes, theories, and concepts as time went on. This unique martial art blend was born out of a desire to bridge the gap between theory and application, offering an effective approach to self-defense.
In the early 2000s, Kaicho AJ crafted the initial curriculum for Total Fighting Concepts that he now called “TFC JuJitsu” and introduced it to the MAUA students. It wasn’t long before the system gained recognition for its effectiveness and innovation and was one of the more popular curriculums offered. In 2004, O-Sensei Porter, the head of the United States Martial Arts Association, acknowledged TFC JuJitsu as a legitimate martial art and recognized Kaicho AJ as the founder thus helping legitimize this system for future practitioners. TFC Jujitsu is now the official MAUA martial art that represents a wide range of theories, styles, and applications.
The TFC JuJitsu Difference
TFC JuJitsu stands out for its holistic approach to self-defense, categorizing techniques by range to teach essential concepts. If a technique works, the art absorbs it. If it does not, the question is asked will the technique help with any attributes like timing, speed, or coordination. If so, the technique is absorbed into the art. If it fails the TFC technique vetting test it is discarded. This is what makes the art unique as it adapts as martial arts change with time. This distinctive system is built around five basic ranges:
- Ground Range: Focusing on ground combat techniques.
- Clinch Range: Emphasizing close-quarters combat.
- Punching Range: Covering striking techniques.
- Kicking Range: Developing long range attacks.
- Weapon Range: Incorporating dynamic range shifts with a wide variety of weapons.
Achieving Totality in Martial Arts
Having a complete or total Bushido (way of the warrior) means being fluent in all areas of fighting. TFC JuJitsu emphasises the importance of a comprehensive training curriculum. The TFC Self-Defense System views martial arts learning most effectively through basic range training. Over years of training, sparring, and fighting, TFC JuJitsu helps students isolate each range for exercise allowing students to progress faster in their learning curve. As students advance through the art, they learn how to blend the different ranges, ultimately achieving Totality and completeness in their fighting and training abilities. TFC JuJitsu now has many instructors and students around the country promoting the growth of Totality Fighting and teaching others what it means to be a complete warrior.