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Nindokai is a self-defense system which builds on the basis of Japanese and other martial arts. It was established in 1990 by Dr Gerhard Schönberger in Germany and since then it has been continually adapted to the needs of the 21st century and has reached a lot of acceptance especially by police forces and security-companies. Nindokai teaches to end a fight or to avoid a present attack in a simple, fast and as effective way as possible with the least possible risk to one’s self, i.e. to survive.
The word Nindokai consists of 3 Japanese characters (kanji): Nin = Enduring heart; Do = Way and Kai = School. Thus Nindokai means: the school in which the persistent way is taught.
Nindokai is neither a martial sport nor a martial art in a traditional manner but a methodical self-defense system. Unlike martial sports, Nindokai focuses on training for real world encounters that are usually unhampered by sparring-guidelines and other rule restrictions. Similarly, Nindokai forgoes the training of ancient arts that are viewed as no longer applicable in modern society. One may find this rationale of effectiveness over rhetoric as a key concept in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do.
Despite this departure from both sport and ancient martial custom, many of the martial techniques (body position, rolls, falls, evasion) and the training ettiquite (respect, politeness) taught in Nindokai originate in the Japanese martial arts. Supplementing influences come from military close quarter combat (CQB), bodyguarding, and other modern martial arts. The school teaches both unarmed (Japanese Tai Jutsu) and armed fighting. This attempts to provide a broad knowledge of fighting with and against a variety of techniques suitable for real world application.
Starting with a thorough basic-training, the student is taught to use the learned methods and principles instinctively. Theoretically, this allows every student to practice an art more suited to their own personal capabilities and goals.