Ju-Jitsu is a generic term for an almost indefinable system of fighting; primarily unarmed, but in some instance using weapons. Ju-Jitsu Techniques include punching, kicking, striking, throwing, holding, locking, choking and tying, as well as the use of certain weapons. As a name for a system of combat, ju-jitsu tells the practitioner very little.
The character ‘jitsu’ means method or art, while the first character ‘ju’ is usually translated to gentleness, pliability or flexibility. No style can be regarded as the authentic or official style. What is common to all ju-jitsu systems and styles is that they are combative by nature. The origin and development of jujitsu is open to much debate. However, the historians seem to agree that ju-jitsu has derived from ancient Asian styles of hand to hand combat. Ju-Jitsu was often referred to as secret techniques where teachers gave instruction to selected students behind closed doors. Ju-jitsu is far from secretive today. Ju-Jitsu means ‘flexible science’ and this is the key to success for today’s practitioner, just like it was for the warrior of yesterday. Flexible science somewhat obscures the fact that ju-jitsu has a practical application.
Ju-Jitsu does not rely on brute strength but upon skill and finesse. It is the use of minimum effort to achieve maximum effect. Applying this principle enables everyone, regardless of physique or stature, to control and release their energy to its greatest potential. Flexibility also means keeping an open mind. You do not reject this move or that technique simply because it is different. When you combine the two kinds of flexibilities, i.e. of mind and body, you have Ju-Jitsu – an adventurous, dynamic martial art. There is something for everyone in ju-jitsu. You may practise it for self defence; as a personal challenge; to acquire a skill; or simply to become more fit. If you are attracted to it as a popular sport, since it is practised worldwide, with team and individual tournaments, you will enjoy the sports of ju-jitsu.