Shito Ryu beautifully demonstrates how a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and technique; most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds. Training can be used for sport grappling tournaments, mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, or self defence. Sparring and live drilling play a major role in training, The essence of Shito Ryu is the ability to move or flow from one technique to another in order to defend oneself efficiently and effectively. A Shito Ryu fighter’s ability to adapt in any situation, to fight empty handed, grapple, or use any type of weapon against an opponent, helps define Shito Ryu as one of the most effective self-defence arts. The literal translation of Shito Ryu is the art of gentleness or pliancy. Shito Ryu is not a contest of muscular skill and strength; rather it relies on natural biomechanics, balance, leverage and timing. Because of this, Shito Ryu is the perfect art for self-defence and does not rely on any one advantage such as size, weight, height, and reach between opponents. Shito Ryu is equally accessible to men and women and is an extremely practical and effective form of self-defence. Emphasis on striking techniques, balance displacement techniques, throws and takedowns, joint manipulation, restraints and immobilizations, ground grappling, and weapons defence makes Shito Ryu a very complete art of self-defence. It differs from modern arts, such as Judo and Karate, in that the main goal is self-preservation.