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Also known as: Ju-Jitsu, Jujitsu, Jiu-Jitsu
As a "soft" art, Ju Jutsu systems generally employ the principles of balance, leverage, and momentum to overcome opponents. This is in contrast to "hard" systems (for example, some styles of karate and taekwondo) that tend to emphasize developing power, strength and speed. Students learn traditional Ju Jutsu primarily by observation and imitation of the ryu's waza.
The unarmed waza of most schools emphasize joint-locking techniques (kansetsu waza), that is, threatening a joint's integrity by placing pressure on it in a direction contrary to its normal function, aligning it so that muscular strength cannot be brought to bear, take-down or throwing techniques, or a combination of take-downs and joint-locks.
Sometimes, atemi (strikes) are targeted to some vulnerable area of the body; this is an aspect of kuzushi, the art of breaking balance as a set-up for a lock, take-down or throw.
Movements tend to capitalize on an attacker's momentum and openings in order to place a joint in a compromised position or to break their balance as preparation for a take-down or throw.
The defender's own body is positioned so as to take optimal advantage of the attacker's weaknesses while simultaneously presenting few openings or weaknesses of its own.
Weapons training was a primary goal of Samurai training. Koryu (old/classic) schools typically include the use of weapons. Weapons might include the roku shaku bo (six-foot staff), hanbo (three-foot staff), katana (sword), wakizashi or kodachi (short sword), tantō (knife), or jutte (short one hook truncheon).
Ju Jutsu is one of the oldest Japanese martial arts and many styles of martial arts derived from its core. For more information or to reserve your place in the Tiger Martial Arts Ju Jutsu class in Chesterton, Indiana, call us today at 219-921-1171.
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