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It is difficult to harmonise with an opponent, especially one who is determined to hurt you. Our training is directed more toward control and the subduing of others through their compliance by using the attackers force to apply strikes, immobilisation's or throws. We use the aikido, as taught by Ueshiba Sensei, and various karate styles which have been blended into a unique mix to form Ryusui-ryu. Tai-sabaki is body movement; a key element of our style and is used extensively in our practice to allow us to develop soft flowing movements to avoid strikes, holds and multiple attackers. Our kata or forms are based on traditional forms from Goju-Ryu based system with a subtle blend of Shukokai-ryu and Shito-ryu styles. Strikes and Covers - all of our atemi-waza (strikes) and covers (or blocks) are derived from our kata. Strikes are applied in a fluid manner directed to openings in the opponents guard whilst covers are used to control our opponent and shut down his/her options. Application of the kata moves (bunkai) gives an insight into the fight sequence portrayed within each form. Groups of two or more participants will take turns to run through the kata sequence. Kumi-Tai is the core of the style and is the main arena where all of our techniques come together. At the beginner level it is performed at a slow pace allowing the student to experiment safely and learn how to deal with a variety of attacks.