Why Choose Japanese Ju-Jitsu
To be able to answer this question, we should first explain what it is. Traditional Japanese Ju-Jitsu is the parent art for Aikido, Judo and Karate, because of this it combines elements of all three into a well-rounded combat system which includes Blocking and striking, throws, joint locks, ground control and pressure points, in essence the original mixed martial art.
Let’s move on to the next question you may have – If it’s a traditional art, why have I never heard of it.
To answer this, we need to head back to feudal Japan some 2,500 years ago. The art of Ju-Jitsu developed by the Samurai grew during the period of clan warfare from the eighth to the sixteenth centuries AD, during this period of constant civil war the art was consistently refined on the battlefield. However it was not until the Restoration, which ended the Shogun era that we find the pivotal moment in Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Many on the Samurai fought against the now emperor of Japan in the wars which lead to the Restoration. As a result the Emperor made it illegal to practice the art of Ju-Jitsu. As such the existing schools had to find a way of continuing to teach, hence the birth of Karate, Judo and Aikido.
Some instructors continued to teach the old art of Ju-Jitsu in ‘underground’ schools and some fled to other countries to continue the art. It is as a result of this that Ju-Jitsu’s linage is hard to trace, giving the misconception it’s not as traditional as the now, more well-known arts of Karate, Judo and Aikido.
Now, back to the main question – Why Choose Japanese Ju-Jitsu.
Quite simply, this depends on what you wish to learn and I say this without agenda towards any art. Over the years some martial arts clubs from other arts have become heavily sport focused, for example Taekwondo, Judo and now Karate have all achieved Olympic Games status. There is also the emergence in recent years of UFC which again can be argued is a sport. UFC in particular, started the emergence of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) highlighting the need for a ‘ground game’ as well as the ability to fight standing up, thus bringing Brazilian Ju-Jitsu into the equation.
Japanese Ju-Jitsu however has not been tempted into the sport arena, the art practised today is still that from the original Samurai teachings, just updated into modern times. This is an art developed in in feudal times, designed for armed and unarmed combat and honed in war. Its adaptability and interchangeable techniques means Japanese Ju-Jitsu allows any student, regardless of build and strength to be just as formidable as the next. It is because of this well-rounded training programme and knowledge base that makes Japanese Ju-Jitsu a great realistic and practical art for self-defence.