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As an instructor I can teach certain movements and submissions. I can teach certain pins and certain takedowns. I can teach reversals and teach how to get out of every move. I can teach how to defend and offend from anywhere. I can not teach how to feel that energy, this has to be trained and learned by each individual. Through vigorous training, one can develop a sensitivity to this energy. To feel your opponents energy is the lesson everyday, once you learn to feel this energy manipulation is simple.
It's one of the things I loved about Aikido. It gave me a different feel and look to what I do as a Martial Artist. I am not a Jujitsuka, an Aikidoka, a Judoka, I am a Budoka. I am a Martial Artist, a person that fights like me. A person that has developed his own style of fighting through years of practice. I did not make up my own art and call it Devondo, I call it Jujitsu. Why? Because I have taken my arts and combined them together. Other arts have taken away from my art and called it whatever they do.
Karate, Judo, Aikido, BJJ, etc etc. All of the Japanese arts stem from Jujitsu in one form or another. Where did Jujitsu come from? China, yup that's right. I can trace my lineage back to Shaolin Gung-Fu, then to Eagle Claw, etc down the line to Jujitsu.
Now what I tried to do was take the first art in which I fell in love, Kajukenbo (Karate, Judo/Jujitsu, Kenpo, Chinese Boxing or Gung-Fu). I tried to take each art to see if Kajukenbo left out anything I would like to use. I took Isshin Ryu Karate, Goju Ryu, Shotokan, then I took Gung-Fu, Judo, Jujitsu, and Kenpo. Now along my journey I fell in love with Jujitsu and changed my idea. I realized that Kajukenbo had many things I no longer would use, and I chose to stick with Jujitsu. Then I took the arts that came from Jujitsu. Aikido, BJJ etc. Now I feel I have a greater understanding of not only Kajukenbo, but Jujitsu. I have taken my art and traced it, and I have taken arts that could show me how to improve my martial arts.
Why Aikdio? Aikido has taken moves and throws from Jujitsu and perfected them. They have practiced on a fourth of my art and made it better. Why Judo? Same thing. A fourth of my art and made it better, etc. BJJ? Why because it has developed better groundfighting than any other.
I have tried to become the best at every aspect of my art, by using other arts and using the years of experience that others have gone through and passed on.
I have recently begun my journey through Thai Boxing and I want to now specialize in doing the same research and study with Muay Thai. This means a trip to Thailand- woohoo.