What is Ruko?

Ruko is a South African martial art which specialises in Kickboxing, Standup Grappling and Submission techniques.

Ruko's Striking techniques consist of Kickboxing and Strategic Striking, similar to Karate and Taekwondo. The Kickboxing techniques are based on a combination of Punches, Knees and Kicks to setup various effective strikes, and adopts the principle of "Death By A Thousand Cuts". The objective is to overwhelming an opponent with a high volume of strikes in order to brake-down their defence and land effective strikes. The Strategic Striking techniques is based on distance management and speed, and adopts the principle of "One Shot, One Kill". The objective is to use footwork, feints and strategy to land an effective strike. 

Ruko's Standup Grappling and Submission techniques consist of Throws, Takedowns, Sweeps and Chokehold Submissions. The objective is to control a resisting opponent, without the use of strikes. Once a Ruko student has established control, they stop an opponent from harming them. This controlled position allows the Ruko student to dictate where the fight will continue and if it needs to continue.

The videos below are references of techniques which are taught in Ruko.

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The benefit of combining these techniques, give Rukoist [Ruko students] the ability to handle any scenario they might encounter. The sparring allows Rukoist to test techniques without the fear of serious injury. In sparring, the aim is to manipulate a resisting opponent into a position of weakness, to a position where a Rukoist can use their techniques to end a fight as quick as possible. This is the best way for students to understand their capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. Ruko is an excellent martial art for individuals wanting to improve their agility, fitness, balance, confidence, strength, speed, reaction timing and endurance.

Ruko is a martial art based on strategy, our strategy is simple:
"If the opponent is far, destroy them with strikes. If the opponent is near, throw or choke them."


Kickboxing Reference

Strategic Striking Reference

Standup Grappling Reference