The founder of Aikido said that “Aikido is 90% atemi (striking)” and while much of it has been removed from modern Aikido to create “the art of peace” and understanding of it is vital to mastering Aikido.
Our Atemi-Jutsu practice uses Target Focus Training (TFT), a self defence methodology created and developed in the US over the past twenty-five years.
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As in aikido, the training is cooperative and does not involve competition. Also like aikido, there is a high degree of awareness around safety. Safety is ensured in TFT through training as slowly as necessary to guarantee the wellbeing of all participants.
Unlike Aikido, TFT is focused exclusively on dealing with asocial violence: surviving the most critical five seconds of your life. Training in TFT is concerned solely with learning to use violence as a tool. TFT founder Tim Larkin says, “Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is the answer… it’s the only answer!”
Three of the four accredited TFT instructors in Australia are based in Sydney and work closely with each other. We are fortunate to have them regularly teaching and training at Aikido in Sydney.
TFT sessions at Aikido in Sydney are run by Mike Allen, accredited TFT instructor.
Mike “the Mechanic” Allen began training in martial arts in 1978 and is yet to take a break. Mike started Target Focus Training in July 2005 and is one of four accredited instructors in Australia. Mike uses his 35 years of martial arts experience combined with his 25 years of medical experience (physiotherapy) to give clear and insightful instruction to aid clients in their understanding of violence. He is dedicated to helping all Australians develop the skill to help themselves if they are ever in danger.
Joint break matrix in Letter and A4 pdf formats linked below.