Martial Arts can be divided into 3 categories:
- Martial Arts
- Fighting Arts
- Self Defence
Karate, Kung fu, Aikido, Judo, Ju Jitsu and other forms are referred to as “Arts” because they are not merely combat-techniques but are also an expression of an Eastern “spiritual” philosophy.
Bowing, Discipline, Respect, are strong traits in oriental martial arts training.
Thai Kickboxing and other a similar forms of Fighting although mostly from a sporting nature they apply mostly offensive techniques that serves a purpose but to annihilate the attacker without recognition of restraint or control.
Self-defense is about effectively ending an attack, quickly and with minimum damage to yourself or to the attacker.
If you have other intentions or motivations, then you are not defending yourself, you’re fighting and if you are fighting, you are just as guilty of misconduct as your so-called attacker, because you are both operating from the same selfish motives. While Self-defense is legal, fighting is not.
In ShinKen-Do we consider ourselves martial arts persons with the knowledge of Self Defence.
Violence is an extreme. Our aim is to defending oneself without intent on causing injury to the attacker. Stabilising the situation as quickly as possible using little or no force.