The art taught by the Peter Morton Academy of Judo Jujitsu Karate has three basic influences: Kodokan Judo, Jujitsu and Kempo Karate. It is designed primarily as a self defence art.

The Academy teaches its students the art of restraint and this principle is reinforced during every lesson. This serves as a reminder to both student and teacher that skills gained through the Academy are not to be taken lightly and that they are to be used responsibly.

With knowledge comes responsibility

People of all ages can participate and gain from the Peter Morton Academy of Judo Jujitsu Karate style of self defence. It is a practical, non-competitive self defence and a discipline that emphasises mental, physical and emotional development.

Find a new level of fitness, flexibility, coordination and endurance through training.

Release and control negative emotions such as fear, anger and anxiety with regular practice.

Open yourself to development as an individual by learning a practical self-defence style.

Gain self-control, confidence and mental concentration through study of the art.

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Students learn a series of strategies for use against different types of physical and verbal threats, with an emphasis on defence.

These defensive strategies use an attacker’s strength to a defender’s advantage through use of confidence, leverage, balance and momentum. The initial aim is to evade, then, when necessary and with the use of minimal force, to disable and finally immobilise an attacker.

A student is encouraged to practice self defence techniques in their spare time by shadow sparring, thereby learning to react to a threat instinctively without a second thought.

Class training features an assorted mix of:

  • strikes
  • blocks
  • throwing skills
  • evasive manoeuvres
  • pressure points
  • grappling
  • choking
  • strangulation
  • joint immobilisation
  • dislocation locks

Breakfall (ukemi) is the art of falling safely. This is a series of techniques that, when performed correctly, cushion a fall to the ground. A student is taught front, side and back breakfalls and shoulder rolls.

Judo is the throwing art where a student is taught how to take a person off balance, throw and sweep. There are several take-to-the-ground techniques that are practised regularly.

Jujitsu incorporates methods from Japanese striking techniques (atemi) and joint locks. These are taught as restraint and defensive techniques.

Karate involves punches, strikes and kicks. A student is taught how to block punches and kicks and how to use their limbs as defensive tools.

Ground work is wrestling and hold-downs with other students resulting in a submission. It is taught mainly as an exercise.

Boxing is taught only at a senior level. A student is taught basic movements and how to defend against a boxer.

Self-defence is where a student, as a defender, uses their knowledge of self defence when attacked by two people. Attacks are limited to the level of a student’s training. It is non-competitive, syllabus-based attack and defence only.

Basic steps kata is a pre-arranged set of moves in which each move aims to block, strike and position a body to defend against an attack. Performed by an individual, or as a group, it is a training method used for the practise of techniques.