Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu evolved among the Samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon , or only a short weapon such as a Tanto or knife. 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.

JiuJitsuThere are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jiu Jitsu schools (Ryu) may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking, and kicking). Many schools also teach the use of weapons.

Today, Jiu Jitsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport and martial art of judo, which was developed by Kano Jigoro in the late 19th century from several traditional styles of jiu jitsu, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which was in turn derived from earlier (pre-World War II) versions of Kodokan judo.