What is Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is a form of martial arts commonly used in close combat. The focus is to defeat an armed or unarmed opponent or attacker using no weapons or short weapons.

In Jiu Jitsu throwing, immobilizing and pinning, joint-locking, choking, and strangling techniques are very significant and make up a large part of the discipline. Much more than in other martial arts such as Karate.

Jiu Jitsu is commonly used and taught in the modern world as a form of self defence. Even modern police and armed forces are often trained in aspects of Jiu Jitsu the world over.

Jiu Jitsu has many spellings the world over Jujutsuju-jitsuju-jutsu.

History of Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu was reported to have originated on the battlefields of ancient Japan, and it is from this that the present day martial arts such as Judo, Karate and Aikido have developed. Because of these arts, Jiu-Jitsu was overlooked.  However, it has now become a highly popular discipline with its combination of self-defence skill and fitness training.

The name Jiu-Jitsu is said to be split into two characters.  “Jiu” is normally defined as gentleness and “Jitsu” meaning method of art, thus Jiu-Jitsu is generally described as the gentle art.

These Jiu-Jitsu techniques were based on abstract Taoist philosophical concepts which, had in fact originated, in China. The basic principle underlying all Jiu-Jitsu techniques is that force should not be directly opposed, but given way to and re-directed.

Modern day Jiu-Jitsu is a combination of martial art and self-defence. The nature of Jiu-Jitsu techniques and training as well as its different orientation (towards self-defence, rather than sport) makes physical power a less crucial factor than in other martial arts making it more accessible to almost everyone.

More recently Jiu-Jitsu has enjoyed a considerable revival of crucial interest.  This would seem to be due to a number of factors including the following: the apparent rise in the incidence of threats of, or actual physical violence against the person in recent years and the perceived increased need to be able to defend oneself. The obvious effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu as an effective self-defence system is suitable for virtually all ages and physical ability.

What is the difference between Traditional Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is becoming very popular as it is heavily used in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), such as UFC. BJJ is a variation of Traditional (Japanese) Jiu Jitsu, it has a strong focus on grappling and focus mainly on training on the ground.

Whereas with Traditional Jiu Jitsu, we focus more on standing techniques and how these techniques can help you in real life, such as how to defend against being attacked with a knife, defence against multiple attackers and defence against choke holds.