TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY students can learn about self-defence with the University Seiken-Do society.
Seiken-Do was introduced by Teesside University Psychology student Roy Cullen nearly 20 -years- ago to combine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Jeet Kune Do into one.
The club is still going and is the longest running martial arts society in the university’s history.
Member Paul Standen believes that Seiken-Do has become so distinct of an art that there is no real style involved.
Paul said: “There is no style to the art of Seiken-Do – it is a set of principles and you follow principles rather than a style.
“We take a lot of arts and a lot of techniques from different arts and use them the way Bruce Lee did.”
Developed from the Jeet Kune Do style Bruce Lee used, the club embodies a similar philosophy to the martial arts legend.
Lee believed the majority of martial arts were too rigid and formalistic to be practical in chaotic scenarios.
Club chairman and Teesside University student Jack Serpell believes an advantage of the style is that it is a lot less restricted than other forms.
Jack said: “Seiken-Do isn’t a sport as such; It’s more of a defence art.
“It’s so much more flexible and interchangeable than other forms such as karate. With these different forms you are restricted in how you attack and defend, where as in Seiken-Do you can change your fighting style easily.”
The club is open to all Teesside University students and Chairman Jack does not believe the club to be a huge burden on his studies.
Jack said: “The training times are very flexible for students.
“We are training Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and it’s really beneficial.
“If you can’t make one night, you can always make another.”
The club is on at 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Thursday, 11:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday and 12pm to 3pm on Sundays.
To find out more about the club, you can go to their Facebook page Seiken-Do UK.