What is Jujitsu

What is Jūjutsu (Jujitsu, Jiu-jitsu, Yawara)

The term Jūjutsu dates back to around the 1630s. However the techniques with the characteristics of what would come to be associated with jūjutsu can be found in early writings in Japan with reference back to the year 23 B.C. during the Yayoi period.

As a classical fighting art in Japan, jūjutsu can be defined as: “A method of close combat, either unarmed or employing minor weapons, that can be used in defensive or offensive ways, to subdue one or more unarmed or armed opponents”.

A simple translation of the two Japanese characters is : gentleness, suppleness, flexibility, yielding; and Jutsu: (often spelt and pronounced jitsu) art, technique, or skill.

In more modern times since the late 1800s and early 1900s and with the introduction of jūjutsu to the Western World the focus shifted towards emphasizing jūjutsu as a gentle art, a system of self defence, and a system of physical education. Notable forms of endeavour that developed from jujutsu during these times include both Kōdōkan jūdō and aikidō.

Today there are commonly four forms of jūjutsu from which you may choose to participate.

Sport – provides the opportunity for both individual and team competition at club, state, national and world levels.

Grappling – Commonly referred to as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or submission grappling.

Self defence and awareness – ideal for those seeking to develop their level of confidence and a basic knowledge and ability to protect themselves in today’s society.

The total martial art – for the more serious participant, seeking grading and promotion. Your learning may include: skills in avoidance and evasive movement, throwing, striking, grappling, immobilization techniques, the application of submission holds, and the practice of both Jūjutsu and weapon kata (sets of movements).

Students of all ages are coached in etiquette, discipline, posture and the coordination of mind and body. Jūjutsu may also provide an appreciation of anatomy, physiology, human movement and health.


Jūdō, Aikidō and many other forms of Bujutsu and Budō, were developed on the principles of Jūjutsu

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