Zanshindo is a mixed martial arts style that combines several traditional styles together into a more complete non-traditional style. Because it is non-traditional Zanshindo allows for an ever expanding knowledge base, so even after the curriculum is mastered, there is still more to learn.
Zanshindo is a fully realistic mixed martial art as well. In this style, there are no katas or forms without partners, instead, the techniques are always practiced on a partner or on pads. Therefore, each student in the system can learn more than just theory on what if, they can also feel the “what ifs” as their partner responds to their reactions. This style is a very responsive style. Instead of memorizing a long list of attacks in sequence, the students in a Zanshindo class are taught the small steps in between and therefore can apply those techniques wherever necessary.
Zanshindo teaches adults and children for self-defense, fitness, and competition. Our style also teaches children many beneficial skills including discipline, self-control, patience, kindness and other skills that will set them apart from the rest when it comes to being strong in character.
The word Zanshindo is Japanese for the way of no mind, or a state of total awareness and relaxation. This relates to our style in that once a technique is mastered, one must not think hard on what to do, but the reaction comes anyways.
Here is an example on what we mean:
Remember to the days when you first started driving a car. If you can remember, the act of driving was intense and occupied all of your attention in order to stay safe. You were nervous, you were jumpy, you had to concentrate on so much and yet felt as if you didn’t know what you were doing.
This relates to how you are when you start applying self-defense techniques. You constantly are wondering if you are doing the right thing and are nervous and panic and that is no way for you to be in a self-defense situation.
But, just as in fighting, the more you get used to driving a car, the less panic you have, and the less attention you need to give to the immediate action. You can then drive while thinking about what you need to get at the store, or what time you need to pick up your child from martial arts, you can even eat, or drink, or talk on the phone while driving because you are then in a relaxed state of awareness.
Therefore, our principles on martial arts include realistic training with partners in a controlled environment, the driver’s education portion if you will, to develop confidence and poise in a self-defense position. Then if you are attacked outside of class, it is just like driving, you don’t need to panic, you don’t need to be nervous, you just react out of a total relaxed and aware state that you have created from learning Zanshindo.