The art of Jujitsu

Posted on February 28th, 2012 by Rich in Martial Arts Styles

Jujitsu, also known as Jujutsu, came about in the 17th century. This martial art was used by the Samurais of Japan. The Samurais learned to defeat fully armored attackers without the use of weapons. It uses an opponent’s weight, body and movement against themselves. Most martial arts use the philosophy of meeting force with force. Jujitsu does not. It believes in redirecting the opponent using their current motion, movement and momentum.

Jujitsu is a weaponless art form. That means there are no weapons other than body parts. The point of Jujitsu is to use your hardest body parts to strike your opponent in their unprotected body parts. In addition, it utilizes pinning, grappling, joint manipulations, strangling, gouging, biting and throws to disable the attacker.

Almost every martial art form today has parts that derived from Jujitsu. Judo, karate, hapkido, kenpo and aikido have all developed pieces of Jujitsu into their own martial art forms. Over the years, Jujitsu has evolved and many schools have adapted weaponry into it. Weapons of choice for Jujitsu include hojo cord, daggers, and iron fans.

It is termed as a “soft” martial art, in comparison to a “hard” martial art. A “soft” martial art focuses on stamina, balance and technique. Any strikes performed in a soft martial art are merely to knock opponent off balance in an effort to get them into a joint lock. A “hard” martial art focuses on strength, speed and power to defeat opponents. The modern sport side of Jujitsu is known as judo and is practiced in the Olympics today.

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