There are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. The style that we learn and teach is called Shu-ho Ryu, it is a powerful and effective type of Jujitsu which uses all forms of self-defence techniques (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds and take downs, disengagements, blocking, parrying, striking and kicking etc...)
Today, some Martial Arts deriving from jujitsu are practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our philosophy is that when Jujitsu is turned into a sport, it becomes limited by rules within a competitive environment. Unfortunately in today's day to day life dangerous situations arise which are not regimented by limits or rules. This is why we practice the art of original jujitsu as a self-defence fighting system with as much control and care as possible but not as a sport.
Jujitsu is a Japanese Martial Art and a method of close combat for defeating an opponent seen or unseen using any necessary means available at the time. The word jujitsu is often spelled as jujutsu, ju-jitsu or jiu-jitsu.
“Ju” can be translated to mean “gentle, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.” “Jitsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique” and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force. Jujitsu developed among the Samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent. Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralising an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.
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