by Grandmaster Irving Soto, 10th Degree black belt
The Orient has produced many forms of the martial arts such as Aikido, Bojitsu, Ninjitsu, Iaido, Ju-jitsu, Hapkido, Bruce Lee's own creation Jeet Kune-Do, Karate, Judo, Tai Kwan-Do, Samurai, Kenjitsu,Tanjitsu, Kempo, Kendo, Bamboo Stick, Swords, Hikido, but none are like the ancient art of Atemi, which was valued as a treasure of the masters. Atemi, the art of striking 365 attack points was developed over 6000 years ago in the Himalayan Mountains in China. Later on it was passed down from the monks to the Japanese, 4000 years after its creation. It was not considered a style, nor a system, some referred to it as Dim-mak, which deals with the 360 circular movements and respiratory breathing techniques, chikung breathing, as well as the important part of the body and mechanism of the hand and fist training. Understanding the whole concept of anatomy structure of acupuncture and the transistic energy of the Chi-flow and power. By studying in depth different charts of human anatomy many experts of the martial arts or the masters, became the ultimate fighting machine, a perfect weapon. There were many masters that trained and have long passed away. Atemi, known as the death touch, upon a strike, the point of placement of the blow from an angle. The advantages of the power of the Atemi strike were greater than the average martial arts training, as well as tweeta hand, known as the twist wrist or locking or pinning devices mixed with the Atemi strike would cause instant death, or paralyzation, or decapitation of the opponent. As in Dim-Mak, it was for family members, it was forbidden to teach this art to the westerners. Atemi was a highly secretive striking method, that even to this day is a mystery to most martial arts/karate teachers. The untold secret has not been revealed of as of yet.
A lot of martial arts instructors claim to know the striking methods of Atemi, in order to understand the principles of Atemi you must practice this for at least 35 years and under a grandmaster who knows atemi in depth. In karate there are 45 attack points waza movements, like kata carry out as in kicking, punching to the temple, to the groins, to the mid-section and so forth. The ancient Art of Atemi was passed down to Grandmaster Irving Soto, 10th Degree Black Belt, who was one of only ten masters, and the only Non-Japanese, selected to learn the Ancient Art of Atemi from Grandmaster Yamamoto. Grandmaster Soto became so proficient in Atemi that he became the first American to receive a Tenth Degree Black Belt (with the color Red), known as the Red Belt in the United States of America. In recognition of his mastery, Grandmaster Yamamoto gave him his ancient Samurai Sword and bestowed him with the title "Warlord". In giving Grandmaster Soto the ultimate warrior and human weapon. In accepting the Warlord; Grandmaster Soto also promised his master that he would make sure the art of Atemi lived on after his master's death. In order to fulfill his promise, Grandmaster Soto has broken from tradition and brought the Orient's greatest secret to the United States of America. At the present time, Grandmaster Soto is the last man alive to posses the complete knowledge of Atemi. Grandmaster Soto developed the Art of Atemi Cobra-Jujitsu Te. The power of ATEMI, the art of striking Grandmaster Soto defines ATEMI as follows:
These five characters comprise the Art of Atemi Jujitsu Te. Since each punch is striking a vital or sensitive area, every blow can be devastating.
Definition of ATEMI by Grandmaster Soto
- "Body Blows" (from Ateru, to strike,
and Mi, body). Atemi are blows aimed at the vital or weak points of an opponent's body in order to paralyze, by means of intense pain. Such blows can produce loss of consciousness, severe trauma and even death, according to which point is struck. A good, all-around knowledge of these vital points is necessary to avoid accidents during training. Knowledge of the location of such points and the way of striking them is generally reserved for Budoka of black belt standard or higher, in the empty-hand martial arts. The smaller the striking surface used in Atemi, the greater the power of penetration and thus the greater effectiveness of the blow. Atemi technique, or Atemi-waza, is very ancient and almost entirely based on knowledge of the anatomy and the points and meridians used in acupuncture.
ATEMI-WAZA Wa-jutsu. A group of fundamental movements (Kata) carried out either in Suwari-waza (kneeling down, face to face) - Hakko-dori, Kao-ate, Hiza-gatame or standing - Hakko Zeme Dori, Tachi Hiza-gatame, Mae Kata-te Hakko-dori - and their variations. All these movements focus on seizing the wrists, Te-hodoki.
Zen enlightenment - ne-kung - internal strength, mind control of the body, healing with the universe and the practice of Chi enables students to cultivate Chi flow or intrinsic energy of the life-force of the body. The spirit understanding energy and harmony circulation of the Chi revitalizes the internal organs in the biological system, which is, called the Chi flow. Additional practicing of techniques will develop flexibility and strengthen the muscles, the joints, and the mind, body, and soul. Atemi Cobra-Jujitsu Te also has an active role in meditation, than all other martial arts systems.
Atemi -Jujitsu Te--by decentralizing and entrapping the opponents hands and balance and uprooting him in a grappling technique hold. Also, the following schools are implemented: The six rings of wind and fire school.
School #1 Ground School --One year of training
The first school is ground school. This school is a year, learning very basic principles such as stances, hand work, maneuvering footwork, and facilitation.
School #2 Water School--Two years training
In this school your movements must be coordinated with your throws, as in boxing methods.
School #3 Fire School (interchangeable with wind)--Three years of training
School #4 Void School (interchangeable with ground, water, fire, and wind)--Four years of training
School #5 Mind Control School (interchangeable with polishing up techniques)--Six years of training