Training

Preparations for an athlete to achieve his full potential are multifaceted.  Each athlete is evaluated based on the demands of his position and his current physical condition.  An individualized program is then implemented in the following areas to assist the athlete to reduce or eliminate areas of weakness, inflexibility, or potential injury.

Jishukan Ryu Jujitsu:

ImageThe art form of Jujitsu dates back to the 14th century.  The specific style of Jishukan Ryu Jujitsu was created in the Showa Era (20th century).  The art form comprises several areas of study.  The athletes focus mainly on Kempo, offensive and defensive techniques using the human body as a natural weapon, punching, kicking, striking and blocking. 

The athletes work individually performing punches and kicks emphasizing quick explosive movements and muscular endurance through a full range of motion. They perform several types of kicks. Repetitions often involve sets of 100. The front kick in particular benefits the hamstring.  The hamstring works at high speeds, similar to running both concentrically and eccentrically.  This conditioning reduces the likelihood of injury during the season.  Side kicks and roundhouse kicks assist in conditioning of the hip abductors to enhance lateral mobility.

The practice of punches, such as double, triple, and step punch drills, helps develop fatigue resistant musculature and enhance recruitment of type II muscle fibers. Athletes also work with traditional students in drills demanding quick foot speed and rapid change of direction.  These drills also develop hand/eye coordination and improve reaction time.