OkuGake 奥駈 (Pronounced: oh-kew-gah-kay) means “Deep Inside.” It is an allusion to the mystic Japanese Shugenja’s pilgrimage to the cliffs of Sanjō-ga-Take, called OkuGake, and can be translated as deep unshakable faith or inner power. Another kanji, also pronounced Gake 崖 means cliff. The visual representation of Gake is a cliff. It is used on our mon (gate symbol).
Jujutsu 柔術 (Pronounced: jew-joot-su) can be translated as “Gentle Sciences” or “Adaptable Methods.” It is a powerful self-defense art.
OkuGake Jujutsu uses old samurai combatives, an intimate knowledge of anatomy, and a strong spirit for modern, legal defenses.
1) What sets us apart?
- a strict adherance to traditional Japanese martial arts ettiquette (see Reishiki)
- a calm atmosphere during our traditional waza practice
- street-smart defenses
These are hallmarks of our OkuGake Jujutsu system.
Principles vs. Technique:
“Waza” are techniques that illustrate a principle (Gensuoku) and are not, as in many arts, strictly relied on for use. You must look into the waza to discover their secret underlying meanings.
Our art is unique in its focus on using our ancient principles for street applicable defenses – “Tekiyo.” Law Enforcement, security forces and civilians benefit alike.
Relaxed, Friendly Atmosphere:
We believe that people learn better when they are relaxed, safe, and at ease. If people are stifled or in fear, they don’t learn as well or as fast.
OkuGake Jujutsu doesn’t require extensive stretching and warm-ups. We still enjoy stretching for the long-term good it does our bodies, but it is not necessary for our external defense system.
2) OkuGake Jujutsu was created with the idea that it may have to be used.
I call our Jujutsu – “user friendly,” since legal and moral issues have already been resolved in its philosophy, without compromising effectiveness.
3) SKILLS for students
What will beginners (kyu-level) learn?
- Formal Japanese etiquette – called Reishiki.
- Falling and rolling to and from the ground safely – called Ukemi.
- Pre-perception training – called Haragei.
- Powerful body movements – called Tai Sabaki
- Nerve touches on keiraku meridians that shock, surprise, and disable attackers – called Atemi
- Traditional techniques that illustrate our fundamentals both from sitting and standing positions – called Waza.
What will intermediate students (kyu-level) learn?
- Variations to all of the basic waza – called Henka.
- Applications of our principles to attacks (grabs, strikes, throws, and kicks) of your choosing – called Tekiyo.
- Applications of principles to attacks in any position – standing, sitting, lying down, etc. – also called Tekiyo.
- Discovering the fluid environment that is combat, and the mental processes necessary to be adaptable enough to overcome and subdue opponents – called Randori.
What will advanced students (kyu-level) learn?
- Introduction to defenses in the 5 combative ranges, including weapons – called Gomawai.
- Introduction to multiple combat strategy – called Heiho.