1 Dan: Fire


Extreme aggressive techniques moving forward and back without any concern of yourself or someone else. Active with very fast moves, fast kicks and punches, fast blocks.


2 Dan: Earth


No fear, nothing affects you or harm you moving up and down. You´re taking the fight to the ground where you slowly and heavy wrestles and tries to strangle or end with submission.


3 Dan: Water


You are very defensive and you seems almost impossible to get hold of, and if it works you encounter. You use defensive throws against punches or grabs and you use taisabaki as your main way to move. You have circular movements, soft, and uses your opponents energy against him. You are moving from side to side.


4 Dan: Wood


You are very flexible and expanding, you trick your opponent to open up himself for your attacks. You move like in Tae Kwon Do and Capoeira and have the ability to enter Mushin.


4 Dan: Wind


To move like the wind means to strive for ultimate relaxation in movement and technique. To make every movement as if weightless like air. Wind is the unseen force that can only be felt. It gives no resistance and returns the exact amount of energy that it is handled with.


5 Dan: Metall, Void


You are slippery and dissapers and make the opponents techniques not working on you. Whatever he does punishes him but from your side it´s not action with retaliation in mind. You are hard, and blocks hard and moves like in for example traditionell Okinawa Karate.


The Void in Martial Arts is seen as pure potential, and it remains pure potential until it becomes something else. In other words, Martial Arts actions in the moment can be described as “formless appropriateness”. Formless, because, at a particular moment in time, they are not necessarily constrained by any defined categories of movements.


The concept of Void resides beyond intellectual thought. Actions become instantaneous responses disconnected from thought processes tied to any form. This kind of manifestation is not characterized by a linear sequence of specific events. For example, a person unexpectedly confronts an opponent, realizes that their personality type and body are strongly aligned that day and initiates an evasive response. If an unavoidable confrontation were to occur, a void response would be completely free of thought and form.


Though temporary and disassociated from personalities associated with the four forces, actions of world-class martial artists are invariably representative of a state-of-being analogous to the Void. The Void is not based on a set response to an action, but a kind of formless appropriateness. Void-based responses transcend personality type.

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