What is Jujitsu?
Jujitsu (also spelled Jujutsu and Jiu Jitsu) can be translated as “the art of softness” and emphasizes blending with an opponent’s movements instead of fighting directly against them in close range situations.
Depending on which style you study, Jujitsu techniques may involve evasion, choking, striking, throwing, immobilizing, attacking pressure points, weapons and even eye-gouging, biting and hair-pulling.
History of Jujitsu
Jujitsu can be traced back to the feudal era in Japanese history when samurai warriors developed fighting techniques to be used in conjunction with their mastery of the long sword.
Jujitsu’s history also mirrors that of Japan’s moving from feudal times into the present. Koryu (old school) style Jujitsu techniques involve fighting against armored warriors, while Gendai (modern) Jujitsu techniques reflect Japan moving into the modern era with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, after which swords, armor and samurai were banned.
Thus some Jujitsu schools use weapons and techniques designed to be effective against well-armed opponents (reflecting the early realities) while others use the body to combat unarmed opponents (such as one might find after the Meiji Restoration).
Many of the Gendai Jujitsu schools continued evolving into even more modern martial arts such as Goshin jitsu, Aikido, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to name a few.
Philosophy of Jujitsu
Rather than fighting against an opponent’s movement and attacks, Jujitsu emphasizes blending in with them to ultimately subdue the attacker using their own force against them.
Balance and leverage, coupled with expertise in joint-locking, striking, throwing, immobilizing and applying pressure point techniques and/or use of weapons, are key to the correct practice of Jujitsu.
Jujitsu as Self-Defense
Jujitsu is excellent for self-defense and often deals specifically with defending against a variety of attacks. Its goal is one of understanding and anticipating the mechanics of movement and using them to one’s advantage. Jujitsu techniques have proven to be a very effective addition to many police and military training programs world-wide.
Jujitsu for Kids
Although originally a martial art designed to gain advantage in real life unarmed attacks, Jujitsu’s development into many different styles and schools, especially in North America, has been adapted to be taught to children as well.
Jujitsu for Adults
Jujitsu techniques are ideal for those wishing to learn effective self-defense strategies in real life situations. It also has appeal to those who wish to understand and preserve older fighting styles from Japan’s samurai legacy.
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