Ju-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed or unarmed opponent.
“Jū” can be translated to mean gentle, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.
“Jitsu” can be translated to mean art or technique.
This martial art focuses on using the force and momentum of your opponent against himself rather than confronting it with your own strength.
Ju-Jitsu developed among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent without using a weapon, or only a short weapon. Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing 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.
There are many variations of the art, and various forms of technique are adopted, including throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, striking and kicking. Many schools also teach the use of weapons (for example sticks).
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