Taijutsu is a Japanese form of martial arts characterized by an emphasis on the science of body movements. An unarmed style of combat, it relies heavily on pivoting and evasion. Taijutsu is a Japanese martial art relying heavily on the science of body movements and unarmed combat. It may include strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws and many of the techniques found in Aikido, Judo, and Karate. While most of its aspects appear external, the dedicated student will find many internal aspects as well.


Many believe that the art of Taijutsu preceded Aikido, Karate, and Judo. In fact, many Japanese martial arts contain elements of Taijutsu, which further proves it preceded many of those forms.