Ju-Jitsu is probably the broadest ranging of the martial arts, incorporating most of the features found in other disciplines. Whereas Karate has little coverage of throws and ground work and Judo does not include strikes or kicks, Ju-Jitsu incorporates all of these elements and much more. The foundation of Ju-Jitsu is in practicality and this is why Ju-Jitsu techniques are so commonly found in self defence and personal protection courses.

Ju-Jitsu in Kanji

Training in Ju-Jitsu with the Salford Ju-Jitsu Group includes:

  • Punches, kicks and other attacks
  • Blocking/defending against opponents attacks
  • Throwing techniques
  • Breakfalls (falling & recovering without injury)
  • Locking techniques (to safely immobilise opponents)
  • Kata (set patterns of movements performed as a routine)
  • Japanese weapons training (advanced students only)

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The origin of Ju-Jitsu can be traced back to the development of techniques for use in battle during feudal times in Japan. Ju-Jitsu was developed to provide practical battlefield and self defense techniques that did not require great strength to achieve. This is the origin of the "Ju" in the name which can be translated as "supple" or "yielding". In other words Ju-Jitsu techniques do not meet an attackers force with strength, but seek to utilise and re-direct the force of the attack into a defence and counter-attack. The other part of the name "Jitsu" (sometimes spelt "Jutsu") means martial "techniques" or "methods". This refers to the practical nature of Jitsu martial are forms and the development in battle, as opposed to "Do" forms such as Judo, in which the emphasis of the training is on the experience of learning rather than the practicality of what is learnt. To learn more about the history of Ju-Jitsu and other martial arts click here.

The absence of emphasis on physical strength makes Ju-Jitsu and ideal martial art for children to learn, teaching them self-control and discipline as well as practical self-defence techniques. Unlike many other martial arts, where a student must study for a significant period of time before any practical technique is "absorbed", in Ju-Jitsu a student can walk away from their first lesson with new knowledge that could be put to practical use should the situation arise.

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