American Tactical Ju-jitsu is a street-oriented, “blended” martial art that incorporates elements of several different systems. Developed by Sensei Ray Nash and his son Sensei Jordan Nash, ATJ blends techniques from many different martial arts to create a comprehensive practical self-defense system. The author, and his son Jordan, trained extensively under Professor Rob Evans (Modern Vee-Jitsu) and Grandmaster Joe Hess (American Tactical Goju)* for many years. The influence of these two martial arts “greats,” and the systems that they taught, in the development of ATJ cannot be overstated.
Throughout history, fighting systems have evolved as “mixed martial arts.” In other words, practitioners would borrow techniques from other systems and integrate them into their own. Some of these systems evolved even further by “blending” the techniques together in such a way that the distinctiveness of each art became blurred until it established an identity of its own. Such is the case with both Modern Vee-Jitsu and American Tactical Goju. In the same way, American Tactical Ju-Jitsu (ATJ) is a “blended martial art” that incorporates techniques and principles from both of these arts, as well as others.
A good analogy is thinking about making a protein milk shake. If you pull out a blender and add ice cream, protein powder, milk, and chocolate syrup (maybe even a cherry and whipped cream), you can still individually see each element. Although there may be some overlap where they make contact with each other, each ingredient in the mixture maintains its own identity. This is like a “mixed martial art.” But if you turn on the blender, each element is seamlessly combined with the others. It is impossible to distinguish where one ingredient ends and another begins. This is what is meant by a “blended martial art.”
ATJ blends techniques and philosophies of application from several distinct martial arts systems that give it a distinguishing individuality. It combines the strikes, kicks and blocks from the Karate systems; footwork and body-shifting from Kung Fu; major throws, chokes and pins from Judo; joint-locks, sweeps and counters from classical Ju-Jitsu; ground-fighting from Brazilian Ju-Jitsu; redirection from Aikido and Aiki-Jitsu; power generation and countering moves from American Boxing and Kickboxing; stick and knife fighting from Arnis; traditional weapons from Kobudo; and practical applications, modern weaponry, and street mentalities from Military Combatives and Police Defensive Tactics.
Although they have trained in a number of these arts, the authors cannot claim credit for combining the individual techniques from these various systems. That work was done by great martial artists that preceded them such as Grandmaster Hess and Professor Vee. The uniqueness of American Tactical Ju-jitsu comes from the integration of the various “systems” and their incorporation into the Ippon Kumite Kata for practical, street-oriented self-defense applications.
Sensei Ray Nash
Sensei Jordan Nash
Focal Point Martial Arts
*Note: Modern Vee-Jitsu was developed by Supreme Grandmaster Florendo Visitacion, popularly known as Professor Vee, and further refined by Professor Rob Evans (10th dan). American Tactical Goju was founded by Grandmaster Joe Hess (10th dan).