Earth Taijutsu is an understanding of body structure (kamae) and gravity to create power and movement.
The five elements, earth, water, fire, wind, and void are generally used in To-Shin Do as emotional energetic strategies of defense. They are a coding or labeling system to describe our different base fighting strategies which take into consideration your emotional state in a conflict and how that affects you and your defensive capabilities. An extremely effective system for teaching self-defense these elemental labels are not restricted to this only.
In their culture of origin they can act like a counting system or if you will a filing system for whatever necessary. Over the many years of my training in this art I have seen the elements used to order survival skills, first-aid skills, and taijutsu skills.
It is this last use, taijutsu skills, that we will be using the five elements for in this course.
- Earth – Body Structure and Basic Movement
- Water – Alignment and Balance
- Fire – Focus and Timing
- Wind – Evasion and Disengaging
- Void – Controlling Space and Your Opponent
This course is about the underlying taijutsu classified by each element that makes using the five elemental fighting strategies possible.
Water Taijutsu is an understanding of alignment (LCR) in relation to your attacker in order to avoid their attacks with strategic repositioning and countering with unexpected responses.
Fire Taijutsu is an understanding of focus and timing to take control of a situation.
Wind Taijutsu is an understanding and ability to disengage and create movement from the opposite side of your body.
Void Taijutsu is understanding the concept of covering space to control attackers and take away from them the taijutsu from the other elements.