History of Jujutsu
Jujutsu (also commonly and incorrectly spelled as Jiu Jitsu, Ju Jitsu) meaning 'Gentle/Yielding/Compliant -
Jujutsu is a Japanese Martial Art and can be traced back to the ancient times of Japan, owing most of its glory to the skilful and brave Samurai Warriors who continued upgrading and refining its vast array of scientific techniques in actual combat. The basic principle of the art is to defeat the enemy in any way possible. Jujutsu expresses the philosophy of yielding to an opponent's force rather than trying to oppose force with force. Manipulating an opponent's attack using his force and direction allows Jujutsu-
To date, many Ko-
Some of the Jujutsu Ryu also include Seifukujutsu (adjustment and restoration art) and Kappo (resuscitation). It was strongly believed that one who knows how to cause damage to the body and to life, must also know how to reverse it and preserve life.
Over time, Gendai Jujutsu has been embraced by law enforcement officials worldwide and continues to be the foundation for many specialized systems used by police. The most famous of these specialized police systems is the Taiho-
Some derivative forms developed into competitive sports, most notably Judo which became an Olympic sport and BJJ. Having said this, many who study Judo believe, as Jigaro Kano (the founder of Judo) did, even though he emphasized Randori training, that Judo is not a sport but a self defense system creating a pathway towards peace and universal harmony. Kano always considered Judo a form of, and a development of, Jujutsu.
Jujutsu, the current standard spelling, is derived using the Hepburn Romanization system. Before the first half of the 20th century, however, Jiu-
Although Jujutsu is mainly unarmed or lightly armored combat Art, many Jujutsu systems include teachings of weaponry Arts such as Bojutsu (six foot staff) and Hojojutsu (cord).