August 29, 2015


UPDATED 9/27/2015

SHUGOSHIN (Japanese for “protector ethic”) is a high-intensity course in martial arts fundamentals geared to training the essential mindset and physical habits for conflict defense of self and others.

Shugoshin training identifies itself as “PROTECTIVES” and empowers practitioners through heightened awareness and intense physical training twice a week, for an hour each time, during its four-week run.

Popular and commercialized martial arts often attempt to mold student reactions to fit a stylized set of predetermined movements, an approach that has little to do with realistic application across variable threats. Protectives are trained in the opposite manner, using threat contexts for “escape, resist, extract, and intercede” to naturalize counters for defensive movements.

As a fundamentals course it will concentrate on vital mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of the martial way:

    1. Body flexibility and resiliency
                                                    i.     Warm ups and stretching
                                                   ii.     Tumbling and breaking falls
                                                  iii.     Striking and kicking
    1. Maneuvering drills and principle-based responses
                                                    i.     Punching
                                                   ii.     Kicking
                                                  iii.     Grabbing
                                                  iv.     Throwing
    1. Counter-maneuvering
                                                    i.     Escape
                                                   ii.     Resistance and escape
                                                  iii.     Extraction of others
                                                  iv.     Interceding for others
    1. Scenario-based training
                                                    i.     Defense of self
                                                   ii.     Defense of others

    1. Recognizing and clarifying universal values
    2. Empowering oneself as a “protector”
    3. Critical thinking for ethical problem solving

    1. Ethical value stories
    2. Ethical use of martial ability

Protectives cultivates one’s resolve to persevere, where instinct supersedes technique and is sharpened with a set of principles outside the realm of pure physical might. By cultivating natural responses during initial training, larger, stronger, even multiple opponents can be defeated without reliance on brute force, speed, or strength. Instead, the student’s instincts of positioning, leverage, and initiative are sharpened as tools capable of outwitting even the largest adversary at a time of their greatest disadvantage. 

Protectives replaces static, imitation of techniques – a hallmark of commercial martial arts - with a direct connection to the ebb and flow of martial principles in constant flux. This acuity fosters tactical awareness and creative adaptability, the necessary skills to claim ownership of one's ability to “be” skilled today, instead of always training to “become” skilled.

If you're interested or know someone who might be, please check it out at the Japanese Culture Center, and on Facebook: SHUGOSHIN Protectives Course

Introductory course: Fundamentals I

Time: Two 60-minute long classes twice a week
Length: Four weeks

Cost: $190.00
($20.00 per session/8 sessions & $30.00 sign-up fee
includes a detailed training handbook/journal.)

Tuesday         November 3, from 6:00-7:00pm
Friday                        November 6, from 7:00-8:00pm

Tuesday         November 10, from 6:00-7:00pm
Friday                        November 13, from 7:00-8:00pm

Tuesday         November 17, from 6:00-7:00pm
Friday                        November 20, from 7:00-8:00pm

Tuesday         November 24, from 6:00-7:00pm
Friday                        November 27, from 7:00-8:00pm

Japanese Culture Center
1016 W Belmont
Chicago, Illinois 60657

If you would like to participate, please contact the instructor directly:

James V. Morganelli: