Adult Jiu Jitsu2019-08-25T21:11:49+00:00



Sign up for the most effective martial art around, Traditional Jiujitsu and Total Ryu Martial Arts is the best place to learn Traditional Jiujitsu.

 Not only will you learn real self-defense skills and gain confidence, but you improve the following:

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

  • Fitness

  • Balance

  • Coordination


Real Samurai Jiujitsu

is powerful, effective and destructive.  It was created for combat and was used by the military in feudal Japan.  This art is incredible, fun, engaging and addicting.  Jiujitsu means gentle art but don’t let that definition fool you it is not gentle to the attacker.   In fact, jiujitsu is quite brutal.  You might say that the word gentle only applies to the user of the art because when the techniques are used correctly, it looks effortless.

Because jiujitsu was created for combat, it has many different aspects and covers many different areas of combat.  These include striking, throwing and ground survival.  The modern definition of jujitsu or jiujitsu has been morphed to mean only groundwork or fighting on the ground.   When in fact true jiujitsu has ground techniques, but it also has:

  • Over 50 different Basic Throwing Techniques to include leg sweeps, hip throws, sacrifice throws, takedowns and motion throws
  • Applied Techniques, Throwing, striking, etc applied to real-world threats, self-defense, etc
  • Joint locking and throwing techniques
  • Choking Techniques
  • Striking Techniques, including, kicks, elbows, punches
  • Defensive posturing
  • Offensive posturing
  • Groundwork or newaza (modern jiujitsu)
  • Multiple Attacker defense
  • Traditional and Modern Weapon’s defense
  • Adrenaline Training

Traditional Jujitsu or jiu jitsu

is one of the most effective martial arts practiced today.  It is effective because it was designed for combat.   Jujitsu was used by the samurai as their hand to hand fighting system.  An interesting note is that most of today’s military combat systems are based solely or partly on jujitsu or jiujitsu; these include MCMAP, Army Corp, and most Israeli systems.  What sets jujitsu apart from other martial arts systems around is the variety of techniques that are included in the art and what they do to an attacker with relative ease.

Is it Jiu jitsu or Jujitsu,  yes it’s both, jujitsu is the more common spelling in Japan.  Jiu jitsu or jiujitsu is the less common spelling, so they are both the same art.   The modern definition of jiujitsu comes from BJJ, whose founders practiced a subset of traditional jujitsu which they spelled jiujitsu.  That art then was changed to fit the competitive advantages that they had or preferred in Judo competitions.

Jiu jitsu is the precursor to Japan’s Judo, a sport version of jiu jitsu, and aikido, an art that uses motion and joint manipulation to control and throw an opponent.  When combat was not a primary concern, practitioners needed a way to test themselves, and gradually Judo was born.   Judo’s focus is on throwing or takedowns and pinning.   The combative aspect and dangerous techniques were not allowed in competition, and most techniques that would injure were changed to be less dangerous.  Judo has also changed over the last century to make it more entertaining by adding more rules.  Aikido is also a subset of traditional Jiujitsu.  The schools in some areas of Japan focus on motion joint locks.  Eventually, Aikido was born.  In jiujitsu, these techniques are known as Aikijitsu.  Another interesting point is that there are jujitsu techniques in karate as the founders of modern karate studied jujitsu as well as karate.


Is it Jiu jitsu, Jujitsu, Jiujitsu, read here on what is what with the different spellings.

I feel that in today’s world with performance and competition based martial arts many systems and practitioners have lost what martial arts truly is.  Martial means war so martial arts were created for combat and extreme personal self-defense situations.  They were not designed for show or competition.

Articles on the difference in the spelling and names:

Where the systems come from

Don’t get me wrong some competition martial arts are pretty good, but they fall short in many ways of what is real and what is effective.  In competition, rules come into play, and the rules that are present in those systems are for the safety of the competitors.  A Greek poet way back in 600bc stated the obvious.  “we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”  If you train with rules of engagement, you will fall to that level of training.  My sensei said concerning rules of competitions “The rules of what not to do are exactly what you should do.”

Performance-based martial arts only have a shell of what they appear to have.  Sure they have may kata, strikes and things that look good.  However, when you look deeper, they are just of a shell of what they used to be.  It is all for show and judging in the competition.


Adrenal response helps make that “level of training” much higher than you might expect.  In a situation that you would have to use jujitsu, you would be under what’s called adrenal stress.  Most people do not have a clue about how to function under adrenaline. Without training, it is difficult to do.  Your body is essentially on drugs when you are under adrenaline.  We do drills that put the student under an adrenal response so that they can learn to function in that bizarre physical state.  With continued training, the student will become inoculated to certain levels of adrenal stress and be able to operate at a very high level of effort and not be affected by the bodies adrenal response.  We do this by doing several different types of drills in class.  Over time and with increased intensity, training and practice a student of Total Ryu will be able to function under adrenal stress.

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Is Martial Arts for You?2019-06-24T14:28:52+00:00

I think so, everyone can benefit from either jiujitsu or karate training or even both.  The problem for most adults is when they think of martial arts training they think of MMA type training or what is showing on TV, they may also think of kids classes and what they have experienced as a child or see their kids do.  They associate these pictures with martial arts training for themselves as adults.  At Total Ryu we are not like that at all, our adult classes are different from our kids’ classes, and we are not a sport or an MMA school.

You should also understand that Real fighting is not just done on the ground.

Many people will want you to believe that the ground is where you want to go.  NO NO NO, never if you can help it.  The real world is full of concrete, asphalt, rocks, obstacles, etc.  Not to mention that the most dangerous fights have more than one attacker.  If you go to the ground, the other guy or guys are going to be doing things to you that you don’t want them to.  However, you do need to know what to do on the ground, but in a method that gets you on your feet while taking out the bad guy as quickly as possible.  That method of thought is precisely our philosophy on ground fighting at Total Ryu.

What is Training at Total Ryu Martial Arts LIKE?2019-06-24T14:32:32+00:00

Training at Total Ryu is incredible.  We teach and train in a relaxed fun and informative environment.  You will learn at your own pace, and the black belt team and I will do everything that we can to help you learn the techniques and principles and advance to higher levels of understanding and capability.  During class, you will get a workout, but it will feel much different than a traditional workout because you will be learning and practicing useful information and participating in functional fitness.

The people that come to Total Ryu are top notch, fantastic people whom I consider to be part of my extended family and close personal friends.  We all care about each other and each others success, not only in the dojo but in life.  We have helped each other out in many ways outside of the dojo.   We have also helped people find success in areas of their life that they wanted to improve.  We care about each other, come in and try a class and see what we are all about.  Why not, it’s free to try.  I know you will like it.

Safe Environment

Will you get injured, probably not, while I can’t guarantee it, we do our best to keep everyone safe.   We teach everyone how to do the techniques and applications safely.  Learning safety in practicing martial arts is part of everyone’s progression.  Our desire is for everyone that comes into the dojo to have a fun, positive learning experience and that means we will do our best to keep all of our students free from injury.

I Don’t Know Anything, Will I Feel Out of Place?2019-06-24T14:34:02+00:00

You have to remember that no one starts training in Total Ryu Martial arts or any jujitsu or karate system as an expert.  Everyone starts as a beginner, what sets us apart is that we want you to succeed, so you have lots of friends who want to help you achieve and learn.  It is quite amazing.  As a beginner, we start you off easy.  You will learn the basics and gradually as you improve, learn more advanced techniques.  All the time being tutored by black belts and more advanced students.  We want you to succeed so we will do what is needed to help you achieve that goal.

So, How Do I Get Started?2020-04-13T20:57:38+00:00

Total Ryu is the best system around, and we want you to be a part of our family.  The best way to see if you will like something is to try it.  So why don’t you come in and try a class for free?   That way you get to meet me, the students and experience what the class is like.  We are confident that you will see that Total Ryu Martial Arts is for you.  Just fill out the information requested in one of the forms, either the Jujitsu form or the karate form.   You will then be directed to the free class registration form.   Please complete the form and hit submit.   Once you submit the form, the days and times available for your free class will appear.  Select the one that fits your schedule the best.

What can you expect after you have registered?

You can expect to receive some emails that give further information on your free class.  You can also expect a call from me at which time you can ask any questions you might have about Total Ryu Martial Arts and your free class.  So please click through and enter your information.  I promise that all your information will remain private and not be shared with any other entity at any time.

Class Schedules2022-03-17T16:46:23+00:00

Youth Martial Arts Classes ages 5 to 12

If the day and time you prefer is listed as currently full, please call us, we have might have an opening for you.

Youth Classes Ages 5 to 12 Schedule

Our Tiger and Samurai age groups meet together at the same time during the following days and times:

  • Monday 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Monday 5:10pm to 6:10pm (Currently Full)
  • Tuesday 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 5:10pm to 6:10pm 
  • Wednesday 4:00pm to 5:00pm 
  • Wednesday 5:10pm to 6:10pm 

Adult and Teenage Martial Arts Classes, ages 13 and up

Adult and Teen Jujitsu and Adult Karate Schedule:

  • Monday 6:20pm to 7:30pm, Adult Jujitsu ages 13 and up
  • Tuesday 6:20pm to 7:30pm, Adult Jujitsu ages 13 and up
  • Wednesday 6:20 to 7:20pm, Adult Karate ages 13 and up
  • Thursday 6:00pm to 7:10pm, Adult Jujitsu ages 13 and up

The class format generally has the following included:

Jiu jitsu classes at Total Ryu start off with a short cardio and active warm-up period followed by stretching both active and passive.  We then perform fall practice and move into the practical and applied part of the class.  We will usually practice the techniques on three levels:

  • Slow and stationary
  • Applied and moderate resistance
  • Applied and active resistance, usually includes an adrenal response (see above)

By practicing this way, we are covering all areas of learning and application.  This teaching method will increase technique retention and provide a positive experience to all levels of students.