An introduction to Ju-Jitsu
Ju-Jitsu is one of the most ancient of the martial arts in the world, over 2500 years old and has its origins in ancient Japan. One of the first mentions of Ju-Jitsu is in Japanese mythology, where it is said that the gods used Ju-Jitsu to discipline the lawless and wild inhabitants of the Eastern provinces.
The art of Ju-Jitsu developed by the Samurai began to grow during the period of clan warfare in Japan, from the eighth to the sixteenth centuries AD. During this period of constant civil war, the different styles of armed combat were undergoing continuous revision and refinement on the battlefield. The weaponless styles of Ju-Jitsu were integrated into the training of the Samurai, during this time, in combination with their armed training.
In 1603, Japan united under the control of the Shogun. During this time, as Japan was united, there was less and less armed warfare, and so the weaponless style of Ju-Jitsu became more and more prominent.
The Shogun era came to an end with the restoration, which sought to return the emperor to power. Many of the samurai had supported the Shogun in the wars that began the restoration, and as a result, the Emperor made it illegal to practice the old combat art, as a result Ju-Jitsu masters slightly changed their teachings. Ju-Jitsu is the parent art of Judo, Aikido, and Karate.
In the mid-19th century, the Samurai class was formally disbanded, and many schools of Ju-Jitsu died out, some masters, however, continued to instruct underground, or moved to other countries.
The direct translation of the word Ju-Jitsu means “Flexible technique” with the idea being the student is able to manipulate the opponents force and momentum to use against him.
Ju-Jitsu has evolved over the years into the form we practice today. As well as keeping the tradition of ground pins, joint locks and throws. There is also instruction in striking techniques using all areas of the body, a highly efficient self defence programme, Kata’s and sparring training.
The aim is to provide the student with a well-rounded approach and knowledge of martial arts, as well as preparing them for practical uses if they are required to defend themselves.
Ju-Jitsu like all martial arts requires self discipline, focus, determination and dedication and in return the student will learn a valuable skill as well as benefiting from improved self confidence and discipline.
Shugyosha Ju-Jitsu is part of the Black Dragon Association and affiliated to the National Martial Arts Committee of Great Britain (NMAC-GB).