Sunday, January 13, 2013

Comparing Chin-na and JiuJutsu, to Tuite

  I've been viewing various discussions regarding the (supposed) similarities between these different arts. My own first exposure to any of them, was with JiuJutsu (during my Shito-Ryu years). Chronologically, my next encounter was with Chin-na, then with Tuite via what was (at the time) Oyata's Ryukyu Kempo .
  For all the hype that's attached to it, one would think that the Chin-na would contain the most interesting (and detailed) instruction. It actually proved to be the most disappointing. Even when reading the book “Advanced Chi-na” (which provides more detailed instruction of the principals of Chin-na) one will quickly become bored. It tends to (overly) focus upon finger twists and such (not exactly debilitating techniques). 
  There are no real (usable) principal's that are taught within it's pages. The majority of it is esoteric (like) nonsense that serves the common student not at all. What remains are simplistic acknowledgments that even a blind person would realize with no other instruction even being provided. 
  The techniques that are covered, have limited (if any) application for self/Life-Protection purposes. Knowing 7 different ways to “tweak” a finger (that elicits a minor pain reaction) will provide very limited if any purposes for defense against a determined aggressor.
  Jiu-Jutsu likewise is (slightly) better, but still lacks any real (IMO) control capabilities. Unfortunately, those techniques that are learned within it's teachings, can be countermanded and aren't always that easily applicable anyway.
  Much of what I've seen as being “called” Tuite (by others), has been rehashed forms of either of these two methodologies. Tuite (as taught by Taika) is a far more applicable and usable application form. 
  Even Taika's form of Tuite has gone through it's own transformations. Over the years it's practice, and it's application have been continuously updated and numerous instructed techniques have been added to it's repertoire as well.
  How Taika's Tuite is practiced now, is extremely different from when he first began teaching it (here in the U.S.). The manor it was taught here (originally) was a result of some of those early student's (attitudes) as well as Taika's distrust of many of those early “change-over” student's.
  Of course this did eventually prove to be a valid concern (one need only look how many “wanna-be/copy cats” came to be from that group) once Taika began his seminars. The additional expulsion of what were thought to be his “trusted” students, didn't exactly ease his distrust either.
  To a great extent, the general study of Tuite (by many students) has often came to a complete stand-still. Many of the newer student's have been teaching their own (previous to their study with us) techniques, and assuming them to be the same (which is inaccurate, at best).
  Only a very few (of Taika's students) continued with their own study of Tuite. It was not uncommon for many to believe that they had learned/understood all that there was to know regarding it's implementation
  Being that our (my teaching associate and myself) interest was in regards to the instruction of those techniques, our own research extended into improving/expanding our own (further) understanding of how/why those techniques (Taika's Tuite) could be most easily taught, as well as utilized by our students. That has became the focus of our own present research (regarding Tuite). 
 Unlike how we were originally taught (Taika's) Tuite, we have modified our instructional method to make it (more) possible for students to practice the shown techniques without the same level of (physical) risk being involved (that was present previously).
 We have additionally included "rules" for students to learn, and to follow while they are practicing the taught techniques. These rules (which we are labeling as "The 6 Basic Tuite Principles") will allow students to (both) determine any failures (on their part) while performing techniques, and to validate any new techniques (that they or others may develop and/or discover during their studies). 

 Neither Chin-na, nor Jiu-Jutsu offer anything similar in guidelines for their practice, and "I", feel that Tuite is a superior choice of/for study regardless. 


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