Newaza – Ground Defense / “BJJ”



Newaza is any type of technique done on the ground, which includes ground defense and offensive techniques.

Often referred to as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ, newaza includes ground:

  1. positions
  2. submissions
  3. sweeps
  4. escapes

Newaza gives students the ability to defend themselves when taken to the ground, which often happens during a self defense situation.

While Newaza is an extremely useful skill to have, it’s utility is somewhat minimized in multiple-attacker situations and weapons attacks. The Shoshin Ryu student is taught how to handle themselves while on the ground, but also how to use their ground skills to transition to more advantageous positions (standing, distancing, superior positioning) depending on the situation.