What is Jiu-Jitsu?

Jujutsu combines various Japanese Martial Arts which were used on the battlefield for close combat in situations where weapons were ineffective. In contrast to the neighboring nations of China whose martial arts were centered around striking techniques.The Japanese hand-to-hand combat forms focused heavily upon:

  • Throwing

  • Immobilizing

  • Joints locks &

  • Choking 

 

as striking techniques were ineffective towards someone wearing armour on the battlefield.

 

In the early 17th century during the Edo period, During the same period the numerous jujutsu schools would challenge each other to duels which became a popular pastime for warriors under a peaceful unified government. From these challenges randori was created to practice without risk of breaking the law and the various styles of each school evolved from combating each other without intention to kill.

The term jujutsu was not coined until the 17th century, after which time it became a blanket term for a wide variety of grappling-related disciplines and techniques.

 

Ju-Jitsu or Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art, which focuses on grappling fighting style and ground fighting. Considered a highly effective martial art,that if a light weight person is properly trained and experienced he or she may master a stronger or heavier person without hurting the individual with the proper execution of techniques.

References:

Mind over muscle:writings from the founder of Judo. - trans. by Jokoro Kano

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