Nearu (pronounced neeru)(meaning power in Persian language) is a self defense martial art based on an ancient Tibetan breathing knowledge and mind control techniques, enabling one to centralize seven elements within the self:the instinct, senses, energy, awareness, internal heat, inner strength and inner peace.
In Kateda book it's said; origin of breathing of techniques in Nearu is based on the ancient knowledge of humans about power of breathing. Discovery of this knowledge is not known to everyone but it is said; modern life and wars caused peaple to forget this knowledge.
In 1907 a man named Tagashi found a leather book<ref name="Kateda"/>, described in pictures. For 40 years this man tried to find meaning of pictures, though he traveled to places and compared pictures with other knowledges. At last, Tagashi named this book seven secrets, he taught many students about this knowledge and believed peaple should benefit from this knowledge. He named this arts Kateda (meaning highest stage of central Power).
In 1991,based on the original breathing techniques and usage of other Martial Arts like Silat, Tai chi chuan and Aikido, Nearu was founded by Amir Lotfi Azad in England.
Movements and Practices
In Nearu, practitioners learn 50 different movements (Which is originated from Silat, Tai chi chuan, Kateda,Karate).
Movements are categorized in 3 categories:
# movement: Basic movements including direct penetrating punches, direct penetrating kicks, high kicks and low kicks from sides and simple blocking. There are 10 Movements. When a practitioner reaches the orange belt he/she has learned all Movements.
# step: Step movements are "defend and attack" movements. Most of these movements consist of a defensive movement to block or dodge the incoming attack, and then an invasion towards the attacker. Most of Movements are used in combination with each other in Step techniques. there are 20 Step techniques. When a practitioner reaches the brown belt, he/she has learned all Step techniques.
# reflex: Both Movements and Steps techniques start from the formal guard position. Reflex techniques instead, start from the normal standing position and are most useful for self defense situations. There are 20 Reflexes techniques. When a practitioner reaches the brown belt, he/she has learned all Reflex techniques.
As practitioner learns basic movements, he/she starts to learn breathing techniques and improves his/her inner power (also known as Qi).
Practices are three times a week, and there is usually an annual Camp outside the city.
Belting System
Belt colors are:
* White
* Yellow
* Orange
* Green
* Blue
* Violet
* Brown
* Black
After these belts there are eight grades.
There is no fixed time to advance through white to black belt, but in most cases it takes one to three years of practice. In higher grades the achievements are much harder.
Breathing Techniques
In Nearu Martial Art, an ancient knowledge of breathing techniques is used to generate power and improve quality of life for practicionar.
In White belt, students learn about how to breath properly. In yellow and orange belts students learn to use this technique in general exercises and begins the techniques of muscle control. In green and blue belt students improve in muscle control. In brown belts, Students improves in concentration.
After Black belt, Students learn to deliver internal power to all parts of body with concentration.
To test this aspects, there are some of test:
* Breaking bricks for men with solar plexus.
* Breaking bricks with foot without hitting (just delivering inner power and inner force through solid objects) for women and men.
* Punching iron plates with knuckles or side of hand without pain or injury.
Similarities with other martial arts
Movements are generally taken from Silat, Tai chi chuan, Aikido,Kateda. There are 50 basic moves that are combined and used in combats.
Breathing techniques are very similar to concept of Chi in Chinese martial arts and ki in Japanese arts like Aikido, Karate.
There are lots of similarities with Qigong but main breathing techniques is said adopted from Kateda.
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