Monday, February 6, 2023
What is Jujitsu?
Jiu Jitsu is perhaps one of the more popular forms of martial arts in Japan, because it is a more yielding and compliant art than some of the more forceful forms of martial arts. Jiu Jitsu is not quite as “soft” an art as Aikido or Hapkido, however, it teaches more submissive techniques than an art such as Karate or Tae Kwon Do.
The main principle within Jiu Jitsu is to use any technique that one can in self defense, but in a controlled and isolated manner. Jiu Jitsu employs many of the same techniques that can be found in Kung Fu (whose origins are mainly Chinese), such as the more elaborate strikes and defenses that can be used in the art. Jiu Jitsu may also very well be one of the better martial arts in which to learn weaponry and defense against weapons – the ryu were forced to defend themselves against armed attacks during feudal Japan and fought with many Samurai. The Jiu Jitsu art utilizes many ways to defend oneself against an armed opponent, even if the ryu himself is unarmed.
Jiu Jitsu mainly makes use of defense mechanisms such as joint-locking, throwing, immobilizing and the evasion of attacks. Striking with punches or kicks is minimal in the art of Jiu Jitsu – strikes did not do much good against a Samurai in full body armor. Just like with any martial art, however, Jiu Jitsu has developed over time and has received influences and personalization from each of its masters – in more modern forms of Jiu Jitsu, punches and kicks may be utilized more than in other forms or older versions of the art.
Despite the original lack of strikes in the early years of Jiu Jitsu’s formation, Jiu Jitsu is far from a passive or docile martial art. Students of Jiu Jitsu will learn many possibly fatal moves, such as pressure points, throws or defense techniques that must be practiced with extreme care to avoid hurting a practicing opponent during a non-competitive match. Students of Jiu Jitsu must learn to break their falls routinely so they are not harmed during the practice of possibly very harmful throws. Jiu Jitsu has many facets (such as the art of Judo – a distinctly different yet a derivative of Jiu Jitsu) but its roots remain the same. A student of Jiu Jitsu will be able to defend themselves well with discipline, passion, perseverance and several years’ training.

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