The word Jitsu comes from the Japanese Jui Jitsu and means Flexible Art or Flexible Technique. Jui Jitsu can also be translated as “Compliant Technique.” Our style has chosen to call itself Jitsu and some people have just called it “The Art.”
The name was changed to Jitsu in order to reflect the modernisation of the ancient art of Jui Jitsu, removing anachronistic and irrelevent techniques such as kneeling techniques and methods of tying an opponent.
We use the Techniques of the ancient art of Jui Jitsu to deal with modern day attacks. Jitsu will give you the knowledge and skill to defend yourself against anyone or others trying to hurt you.
We use kicks; punches; throws; chokes; locks or just avoidance techniques to keep ourselves safe from anyone trying to harm us. Jitsu can teach you how to defend yourself against a variety of weapons.
Jitsu is defence system for dealing with todays assailants.
What is Jiu jitsu?
Jiu jitsu is a Japanese Martial Art, based on a moving system of striking, locking and throwing techniques. With a strong emphasis on the use of an opponent’s body weight and movement, Jitsu provides a highly effective means of countering physical attacks from both unarmed and armed assailants, irrespective of the defenders own strength, weight or gender.
Why Learn Jitsu?
There are some obvious benefits of learning a Martial Art such as Jitsu, for example for keeping fit and learning to look after yourself. Equally there are some less obvious benefits.
Martial Arts like Jitsu embody the notion of meditation through movement. Certain disciplines of Buddhism, in particular the Japanese Zen schools, place great emphasis on meditation to clear the mind, find inner peace, and ultimately attain enlightenment. As an alternative to static meditation, the process of performing a set sequence of moves can be very meditative. By performing these moves, practitioners of the arts can achieve similar levels of inner peace and harmony whilst simultaneously learning a practical self defence system. It is no co-incidence that the Samurai Warriors of old were frequently students of Buddhism.
We are never far from violence. Jitsu provides a safe and controlled forum to explore violence, without hurting each other. When you leave the Dojo, you leave the violence behind you. Practitioners of the Martial Arts don’t start fights.
Do you teach self-defence?
We teach Jiu jitsu. But within Jiu jitsu you will find a street-wise solution to every conceivable self-defence situation. As we teach Jiu jitsu, we observe some of the traditional formalities. Having said this, the atmosphere of the club is laid back, and the instructors are friendly and approachable.
What sort of attacks will I be taught to handle?
You will be taught to cope with a comprehensive range of possible assaults. These include minor things like being grabbed by the wrist, being kicked and punched, through to being attacked with knives, bottles and coshes. You are even taught how to cope with multiple attackers.
I’m not very strong. Will this make it more difficult for me?
Not at all. Because Jiu jitsu makes use of the opponent’s body weight and movement, it is suitable for everyone, regardless of your own strength, weight and gender.
Does it hurt?
No. Well, a little bit. All punches, kicks and other strikes used defensively are “pulled.” However the punches and kicks you learn to defend yourself from are most definitely full intensity.
Do you spar (fight each other)?
No. Each person takes it in turn to practise the technique. One attacks, and the other defends. You then swap roles.
Do you use lots of obscure terminology?
As we are connected to our history, we use the traditional Japanese names for the techniques.
Is it really macho?
Jiu jitsu is taught in a harmonious environment, free from macho posturing.
Is it fun?
It’s great fun. You will improve your fitness, co-ordination and confidence at the same time as learning a practical self-defence system. And you will be training with a great bunch of people.
Is Jiu jitsu suitable for children?
All techniques are taught in such a way that it is easy for the child to understand and learn the defence system. Each technique is broken down into steps; the children learn each step and then combine them to produce the defence technique. It is good to see the child gradually master these techniques, gain an inner confidence, co-ordination, and the ability to effectively deal with any problems that they might come across from bullies or assailants.
Sounds great, when can I start?
Right now. Just turn up at our club. You can watch if you like, but better still, have a go. The instructor will be happy to have a chat and answer any of your questions.
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