Yawara is the basic list of hand techniques and
includes some of the oldest forms of JuJitsu. Yawara techniques are
among the first to be studied and usually the last to be fully understood
and appreciated. All the basic components of a martial art are included
in the practice of Yawara, such as balance, momentum and leverage,
combined with the variants of timing and strength. Therein lies the
essence of JuJitsu, extreme gentleness balanced by a potentially severe
destructiveness, which requires a student's utmost concentration and
attention to detail.
Don’t be mislead into believing that Yawara
techniques are rather benign. Every Yawara technique contains elements
that can be developed into very devastating techniques of self-defense.
the beginner, Yawara teaches the relation between physical movement
and mental intention. An action is no longer an isolated process,
it involves the whole body. It is a process that has the potential
create both emotional and physical unity with an opponent, a prerequisite
for the most efficient conflict management.
To be clear, the basic
list of Yawara is not intended to be a complete hand defense system.
It is a foundation for further study that can
add a hundred variations or more to each basic move. It is the
principle that is to be mastered, not just the mere mechanical motions,
one can develop an effective system of self-defense.
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