Taido is a martial art which belongs to a group of Japanese systems commonly referred to as Budo. Other examples of Budo are: Judo, Karate-do, Aikido and Kendo.
Taido was developed from Gensei-ryu-karate-do by the Okinawa-born master Seiken Shukumine, the founder of both systems.
Taido resembles an acrobatic form of karate. Taido techniques consist of body movements in connection with punches, kicks and an ocational throw. Taido contains a lot of motion and the Taidoka (Taido student) often moves his body over a great distance by way of headrolls, cartwheels and high leaps.
Taido differs from other martial arts by the methods utilized for moving the body about and by the principles for developing power in attack and defence. Taido techniques are designed to make use of the three-dimentional space by which is meant that techniques are performed from the air downwards, from a standing position in a horizontal plane, or from the floor upwards.
One of Taido’s unique qualities is the fact that weightclasses are unnecessary for the undertaking of tournaments. Taido-techniques work in a way, which makes it possible for Taidoka of very different size and strength to train together or face each other in tournaments.
Regular daily training consists of:
- Strength and flexibilty exercises
- Gymnastic leap training
- Learning basic techniques
- Attack and defence combinations with partner
- Form-training (“Hokei”)
- Free improvised fighting (“Jissen”)
In Taido, all parts of the body are excercised evenly. Taido works as a highly effective physical exercise with a very low risk of strain and injury.
Taidoka can continue to develop their skills at the same time as they benefit fully from the physical exercise even after having reached an age where a person would normally not take part in an intense physical activity.
Taido is a healthy and exciting traditional martial art, a form of selfdefence and a modern competetive sport.
The training of Taido is in itself an experience and not just a way of learning selfdefence or preparing for tournaments.
The characteristics of Taido:
The Taido techniques are based on dynamic body movements (as opposed to punches and kicks delivered from a static stance). These dynamic movements include tilting the body axis in order to avoiding incoming attacks while simultaneously generating energy for a counter attack. The footwork (Unsoku), besides being a way to adjust distance and angle to the opponent, is functionally connected to the techniques from a mechanical/movement point of view. In addition, gymnastic moves (Unshin) are used in order to complement the two dimensional footwork to enable movement in a three dimensional space.