What Is Taido?
Taido is a unique Japanese martial art that features advanced footwork and 3-dimensional movement of the body axis. The word Taido means “the Way of Mind and Body”. This is apparent by the style’s extensive use of dynamic body movement such as aerial and ground techniques, evasion maneuvers and gymnastics. In practice, Taido is a specialized training system that frees the body to move in all directions. Unlike most karate styles, Taido does not clash with the opponent’s attack; rather moving where the opponent is not through evasion and simultaneously countering with a kick or strike. Advanced body mechanics are important for dodging; while fast, effective footwork is essential to circle the opponent, maintain proper distance and change angles of attack. At first glance, Taido may resemble Brazilian Capoeira, however, Taido’s traditional Japanese character and competitive sparring will clearly distinguish these two styles. “Tricking” and “Parkour” enthusiasts that are interested in traditional martial arts will find that Taido is the perfect blend of these worlds.