Taido – Japanese Martial Arts Style
Taido is a Japanese martial arts that combines elements of Karate with dynamic body movement (i.e. gymnastic maneuvers). Taidō was created in 1965 by Seiken Shukumine. Seiken Shukumine believed that Karate had a problem due to its “linear mode of training”. Therefore, he designed a martial arts that was more flexible and dynamic. Taido schools are located in a wide range of countries including Japan, USA, UK, Germany and Australia.
According to the World Taido Federation, “Taido techniques are based on dynamic body movements (as opposed to punches and kicks delivered from a static stance). These dynamic movements include tilting the body axis in order to avoiding incoming attacks while simultaneously generating energy for a counter attack. The footwork (Unsoku), besides being a way to adjust distance and angle to the opponent, is functionally connected to the techniques from a mechanical/movement point of view. In addition, gymnastic moves (Unshin) are used in order to complement the two dimensional footwork to enable movement in a three dimensional space”.
For additional martial arts styles (i.e. Chinese, Korean or Brazilian), please visit the main section on Martial Arts Styles.
Demonstration of Taido Training
- World Taido Federation, About Taido, http://www.taido.net/?page_id=14, Added – 09/20/16