About Jiu Jitsu
What is Jiu Jitsu?
Jitsu (or yielding art) is a progressive martial art based on the traditional styles of Jiu Jitsu that originated and developed in medieval Japan. The core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks, and strikes. It offers a means of personal and physical development, as well as an effective system of self-defense. Regular training can help to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, coordination and posture. Based on the principle of using an aggressor’s energy to their own disadvantage, Jitsu skills can be used by men, women, and children to counter aggressive situations ranging from unwanted harassment to armed physical assault.
Why Jiu Jitsu?
Most people find over time that Jitsu improves their self-esteem and confidence. Advanced training levels are highly challenging and foster exceptional levels of physical and mental control, as you progress you will learn effective techniques to defend yourself from bottle, stick, knife and sword attacks.
Moreover, Jitsu training is also great fun and a fantastic way to meet new friends. Our club offers a vibrant social life out of club training, with events organized throughout the year.
What do we teach?
There are a number of kinds of jiu jitsu, all with origins in the unarmed combat techniques of the samurai. We don’t do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu — we enjoy ground fighting, but it’s not our focus, we prefer to fight on our feet, eventually against multiple attackers with weapons. Our club is part of The Jitsu Foundation, the largest single-style jiu jitsu organization in Great Britain, with around 3,000 active members, 100 clubs in the UK and affiliates all over the world. We trace our roots back, via Australia and Shihan Matthew Komp (10th dan in jiu jitsu), to Japan — it’s likely that his instructors had a connection to the Kodokan.
Even More History
There is a lot of history but, put simply, Jiu Jitsu came from the silly samurai who lost all his weapons and horse and still had to fight for his life; Judo and Aikido then sprung from Jitsu. The art was mainly developed in the 1600’s when Japan was having a bit of a time with infighting and formed into a very effective combat system. Some say the origins came from other countries, no doubt they did. Everything is a development on something else; who is going to claim the first punch?
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