Philosophy of Training

"The basic difference between an ordinary person and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary person takes everything either as a blessing or as a curse."
- Don Juan (C. Castaneda), Tales of Power.

JuJitsu training demands slow purposeful study, and one must develop self-control, humility, and a sense of responsibility for others. Though not necessarily evident to the untrained eye, most of these techniques can be extremely dangerous, and should therefore be taught only under a qualified instructor's supervision. This is one reason why cultivating sincere moral and ethical development is such an important prerequisite. It is our belief that this training should enhance not only a person’s physical abilities but also the best of their subtle inner qualities. It should create opportunities to confront one’s problematic habits, striving to redirect them into positive character traits.

It is said that it requires ten years of practice to gain control over yourself and it requires twenty years to gain control over others. For a student to progress in rank, their character must develop. “Our goal is not (so much) one of producing competent fighters, but (more so) one of producing competent individuals.”

Our method of teaching is largely based on senior students teaching junior students (we teach best what we need to learn most). When practicing the arts, both partners assist each other in their training, and it is only by helping one another that real progress is made. Safety is important, since injury unnecessarily sets back a student's training.

JuJitsu is not a sport, but a way to develop a very efficient means of self-defense. How much one can get out of these techniques is entirely up to the practitioner, on one’s attitude and dedication; on one’s willingness to drop preconceived ideas, and on how much of an open mind one wants to develop.

Our goal is to cultivate an environment whereby people can learn to understand themselves, to take responsibility for their actions, and to take charge of their life - the responsibilities of a proficient martial artist.

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If you have any questions about Jujitsu, please contact,
Burkhard Bohm, Sensei (530) 836-2208
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