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What is Ju-Jitsu

Ju-Jitsu is an art of self-defense. When attacked a Ju-Jitsu practitioner will not rely on body weight or strength, but upon balance and leverage techniques. Weak points in the body or pressure points (atemi) are also used.

A Ju-Jitsu practitioner learns the following techniques:

*        Throws and sweeps

*        Wristlocks and armlocks

*        Strikes, kicks and blocks

*        Ground work

*        Defense against weapons

*        Escape and restraint moves

*        Usage of pressure points

The word Ju-Jitsu is derived from the Japanese words “Ju” meaning gentle or persuasive and “Jitsu” meaning art.

History of Ju-Jitsu

Ju-Jitsu can be traced back in Asian history more than 2,500 years.  The art has been practiced in Japan since 7th Century BC, and continues to be practiced today.  The system of Ju-Jitsu was practiced by a select few, among these were the Samurai Warriors.

By the beginning of the 19th century, Ju-Jitsu had evolved into a more accessible style.  It became so popular that it was being taught in Japanese public schools.  Many private dojos were also opened during this period.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Professor Jiggoro Kano adopted many  Ju-Jitsu techniques, founding his own system called Judo.  The new system was introduced to Europe and America bringing the sport form of Ju-Jitsu to the world.

During and after the Second World War many countries were teaching their soldiers basic Ju-Jitsu techniques, i.e  wristlocks, armlocks, throws, etc. Special Forces such as the British SAS and US Navy Seals are taught Ju-Jitsu.