Dear Shihan Michael Frazier
It’s a privilege for me to join Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai. I can commend this organization for its distinctive features as follows:
Shihans and Hanshis in Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai are experienced martial artists. In various styles, their martial arts are high level and trustworthy. They and well-trained instructors under them understand the spirit of martial art or “budo” very well. I believe the spirit of martial art or “budo” is taught in the martial art training and their students (youth and young adults) will learn good manners and self-discipline through the training. They also will learn to concentrate on things. I am sure that Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai gives students not only training for martial arts but also instructions to form the character of students while quoting the Bible scriptures and biblical teaching. I can tell the essence of Christianity is the backbone for the organization. So students will learn real strength, which is not external strength but internal strength.
Regarding training at each martial arts school belonging to Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai, I do not doubt that students can receive high quality training from “senseis”(instructors). Since I myself practiced martial arts (Kodokan Judo) in Japan, I cannot help acknowledging the excellence in martial arts training. The training is no less effective than that in Japan. Shihans and Hanshis have studied martial arts thoroughly for years. It is obvious that students can be initiated into the high quality techniques and knowledge of martial arts. Taking the grappling techniques in Jujitsu or in Judo, Judo-throw techniques, and self-defense techniques in jujitsu or in Karate for instance, it is not too much to say they open my eyes wide.
Students can have opportunities to learn more than one style of martial art through seminars or at schools. It is an advantage to be able to take lessens crossing various styles of martial arts such as Japanese traditional Jujitsu, Namido Jujitsu, Shotokan-Karate, Shito-ryu Karate, Kodokan-Judo, Aikido, Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido, Tekondo, Korean Hapkido, Kung Fu, Boxing, Kick-boxing, MMA etc. While finding common movements or principles from crossing various styles of martial arts, understanding of the essence of martial arts will be added to students.
Deriving from Kito-ryu Jujitsu, Kodokan Judo was gradually formed as a new style of martial art. In the developing process of this martial art, techniques of other ryus (styles) of Jujitsu were employed to improve the techniques. In the present Judo techniques such as throws, joint locks, pinning techniques, choking techniques, and groundwork, we can see traces of the old Japanese Jujitsu techniques, even though harmful techniques were taken off. Likewise, being grounded on Judo and Japanese Jujitsu, Namido Jujitsu has been developed. I believe that the Namido Jujitsu components (1.Evade and invade for position, 2.Devastate and neutralize the opponent, 3. Immobilize and control the opponent) work effective in combat. Accordingly Namido Jujitsu practitioners can practically and effectively accomplish the self-defense. This is a very effective system.
Namido jujitsu has evolved. I am sure it will evolve into more practical and effective martial art by blending various styles of martial arts techniques while making efforts to preserve the traditional jujitsu essence.