Martial Arts began at Eton with Judo in the mid 1960s, followed by Aikido in the early 1970s, Karate in the mid-80s, Tai Chi in the mid-90s, then Capoeira, Kung Fu, and Jujutsu in the early 2000s.
Our aim is to introduce boys to a wide range of martial arts, both their philosophy and practical techniques, partly as a form of physical training and discipline, partly as a sport and partly for self-defence. Our team of resident and visiting professional instructors aim to promote not only sound techniques but also courage, respect, integrity, self-defence, honesty and humility.
In most arts participants train to a syllabus and can take grading exams so, for example 20 boys have obtained their First Degree (1st Dan) Black Belt in Karate since 1985, and many have also graded in Judo, Aikido and Kung Fu, as well. A similar scheme is currently starting in Jujutsu as well.
Etonians have competed against other schools and taken part in regional and national competitions in Karate, Judo and Kung Fu, winning gold, silver and bronze medals at both junior and senior level.
A specialist Martial Arts Option has been running for the past five years, which includes weekly double-school workshops taken by leading exponents of the arts mentioned above plus Aikijutsu, Chin Na, Jeet Kune Do, Kendo, Ninjutsu, Wushu and general self-defence.
Aikido and Aikijutsu involve a complex system of Japanese self-defence techniques aimed at countering grabs, punches, kicks and knife and stick attacks, using deflections, throws and joint-locks.
Capoeira is a Brazilian art which is performed to music and involves spins and cartwheels, with kicks.
Judo is a Japanese competitive wrestling sport involving many throws and pins, plus chokes and strangles, in which we regularly compete against other schools.
Jujutsu is a complex art involving almost every other Japanese martial art which uses deflections, take-downs, various strikes and grappling techniques to subdue an opponent.
Karate is a Japanese art involving blocking, punching and kicking techniques, set sequences of these techniques called ‘kata’ and competitive sparring, in which we compete against other schools.
Kung Fu involves a wide range of kickboxing techniques as well as the use of weapons such as swords and spears. We compete in the Junior National Championships every May.
Tai Chi is a set of flowing movements used to promote health, suppleness and flexibility but can be used for self-defence after many years of practice.
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