India is the motherland of many Ancient Martial Arts and this fact today is not an unknown thing for a true martial artist.
The Mahabharata as it describes about the battle between Arjuna and Karna using Bow and arrows, Swords , Spears etc. as a part of armed combat battle and two combatants fighting against each other using fist, kicks, finger strikes, knees and elbow strikes, techniques of grappling and throwing as a part of unarmed combat battle. In Hindu Vedas and epics their are mentions about the popular sports like, horse riding (Ashvarohana), Archery (Dhanur vidya) , Chariot-Racing (Rathachalan) and Military Training like Wrestling (Mala dvandua) and Boxing (Musti yuddha). There are many written evidence mentioned about in the ancient Indian literature which were developed as a part of physical fitness and military training which are till today very popularly known as yoga, Kalaripayat (Kerala Martial art), Silambam(Long Staff), Pehlwani (wrestling), Mardani khel (Maratha fighting system), Paika a khada (Odisha Martial Arts),Thang – Ta ( Manipuri Sword fighting art), Gatka (Sikhs Martial Art), Musti-yuddha (Varanasi ) and Pari-khanda (Sword Style – Bihar).
All these evidences mentioned above proves the claim of India being the pioneers of the martial arts in the world.
The Missionaries, Monks and Invaders who invaded or visited India on their mission learned these ancient martial arts to protect themselves against the Dacoits and Bandits. When these Missionaries, Monks and Invaders moved away from India in search of the new countries to spread their religious preaching’s along with their mission, they also taught these ancient Indian martial arts to the people of those countries.
The Great Indian Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who fought against the Mughal Emperors and conquered over them with his Great courage, battle field tactics and the techniques of Gorilla fighting known as” GANIMI KAVA” .The Art of Gorilla fighting of Shivaji Maharaj was later on copied and adopted by many big countries throughout the world and was introduced by the western world as Commando fighting skills, but due to our negligence these facts have become a hidden mystery today.
I will, without fear say that we Indians have got freedom and independence long back from the Britishers, but still we have never changed ourselves till today.
The father of the nation, the Great Mahatma Gandhiji, gave his life for we Indians and throughout his life he struggled for the people of our country in honor to get freedom and independence, he requested people to follow the concept of SWADESHI that means BE INDIAN BUY INDIAN but today, I feel all his efforts went in vain.
In this case, I really appreciate the Philippines for inventing their own art of self-defense known as the Arnis –Eskrima, the Indonesia for Kali and Silat, The Brazilians for Capoeira, The Thailand for Mau Thai and the France for Savate. When all these countries can form their own system of unarmed combat and the combat arts, then why not we? this question came in my mind and I picked up the challenge.
“Nothing is impossible to willing mind”
“Where there is a will there is a way:
With this hope I loaded myself up and started on my mission to form a new Indian system of martial arts, as I had begin my Martial Art training in the year 1977 under a Kalaripayat Master Mr. Manmohan Suvarrna at a very young age, I had also learnt the north Indian traditional long stick (Banayat) under my religious teacher, I decided to form a system in which I could introduce many techniques of the Indian Martial Arts to the world.
I divide my style of Indian martial arts into 2 categories and baptized the UNARMED COMBAT SYSTEM as INDO-RYU KARATE- DO and the ARMED COMBAT SYSTEM as YODH MARG.
The Indo-Ryu Karate –Do is a self defense oriented style and its federation is purely a technical and non political organization. Its aim is to bring up the standard of karate-do as well as to promote the Indian art of self defense throughout the world.
I would like to divert your mind towards the technical aspects of the Indo-Ryu Karate-Do.
Indo mean Indian, Ryu can be explained as school or Style, Kara means empty, Te means hand, Do means the way, Indo-Ryu Karate Do means the way of empty hand fighting in Indian style or the Indian school or style of empty hand fighting way.
Like any other martial arts Indo-Ryu Karate Do has its own principals, concepts and methods of training. It is based upon 8 zones of defense or you can call it 8 doors to escape and 8 zones of attack.
8 Zones of Defense 8 Zones of Attack 1 2 A 5 6 E G 7 8 C D 4 3 H F B
The techniques of Indo-Ryu Karate Do is divided into 8 parts based upon the 8 zones of defense and attack
1. Dachi waza (Techniques of Stance)
2. Uke waza (Blocking Techniques)
3. Zuki waza ( Punching Techniques)
4. Ejate waza (Techniques of Elbow Strikes)
5. Shuto waza ( Techniques of chop hand Strikes)
6. Uchi waza (Stricking Techniques)
7. Geri waza ( Kicking Techniques)
8. Renraku waza ( Combination Techniques)
All the above techniques are in the form of drills and the sequences are like imaginary fighting.
The six principals of harmony of Indo-Ryu Karate-Do
1. The co-ordination of the body with the mind
2. The co-ordination of the mind with the idea.
3. The co-ordination of the idea with the power or strength or chi.
4. The co-ordination of the chi with the human spirit.
5. The co-ordination of the spirit with the movement.
6. The co-ordination of the movement with emptiness.
Eight methods of training :
1. Respect : Respect for the teachers, parents, Senior citizens opponents and higher ranks.
Talking politely with others. Keeping respect for other Martial Arts.
2. Inner Strength : Controlling and Nurturing (training or developing) Chi energy by correct breathing during training which can build up inner strength.
3. Bone : Training the bone to gather Chi-energy or in the other words bones of the body must be conditioned through various methods as taught by the Indo-Ryu Karate- Do.
4. Shape or physical strength : Combining internal energy with techniques forms, drills and postures.
5. Following: Fluidity (to change quickly) and using “soft” to defeat “hard”.
6. Reserve : Keeping calmness of mind.
7. Conceal : Conceal the technique until optimal application.
8. Loyalty : Be loyal to your Masters Parents and Art.
The Indo-Ryu Karate-Do has no katas of its own but it follows the SHOTOKAN AND SHITE KATA only, because its aim is to send the students of Indo-Ryu Karate- Do to compete in the kata Tournaments organized by the WORLD KARATE FEDERATION or by the Olympic committee, as no other modern katas are allowed to be exhibited in those kata tournaments.
The Indo-Ryu Karate-Do has and follows its own forms or drills as mentioned before. These drills or forms are well equipped with modern and latest techniques which are useful in today’s world for self defense and these drills follows, natural movements and postures. A person practicing these drills can achieve perfect body movement against his opponents, concentration of mind, stamina, chi power, fast reflexes, techniques of grappling and take downs , joint locks and distance of defense and attack.
In today’s world of nuclear weapons any country cannot win a war or survive on the battle field along with the olden days cannons. It is a must for that country to replace its old weapons with the new and learn the new warfare tactics in order to win a war.
Six keys of success of Indo-Ryu Karate-Do to win any fight:
1. Face every opponent with confidence, dominating the fight.
2. Get rid of doubts, fears and low self confidence.
3. Boost your energy level and mental alertness.
4. Rid yourself of tension and reduce your stress level.
5. Improve your techniques put more speed in your blocks, punches and kicks.
6. Learn the zones of defense and attack perfectly and practice your drills (Wazas).