Ju-Jitsu History

What is Ju-Jitsu?

Ju-jitsu is the ancient form of unarmed combat as used by the Samurai class of fighters, tracing its origins back some two thousand years.

Japanese folklore traces Ju-jitsu back even further, legend telling that it was passed down by the ancient Japanese Gods, Ka-jima and Kadori.

The system both ancient and modern consists of numerous ways of defending, attacking and restraining both an armed and an unarmed opponent.

Success is not solely dependent on size, but very much on technique, making this an art suitable for all types of ability, male or female, large or small, young or not so young.

Over the years many combat systems have evolved from Ju-jitsu, the most well known of these being that devised by the very well known Ju-jitsu master, Master Jigoro Kano (1860 –1938) who took the martial side of Ju-jitsu out and founded a competition/sport orientated style which he called Judo. Other styles include Akido and some styles of Karate.

What does Ju-jitsu involve?

Techniques involve a whole range of punching, kicking, throwing, locking, and groundwork. Traditional weapon work is also taught and involves kata, technique and application. To complement the traditional aspects, defensive techniques from modern day street weapons are also taught.

As throws play a major role in our syllabus every student is taught a variety of breakfalls which are practised at the beginning of every lesson, after a short session of loosening/warm up exercises.

The lesson continues with a variety of techniques based on a set theme from various attacks including punches, kicks, groundwork, multiple attacks, sacrifice throws and a whole variety of defences against attacks from various weapons.