Ju Jitsu – The ‘Mother’ Art
Ju Jitsu, or Ju Jutsu, as a style of Martial Arts, can date its history back in its current form to the 1500’s, but its first recorded appearance goes all the way back to 2,000 years ago. A Japanese art form, it’s origins date back further than that, but this is where we first see an actual account of its use in a fight to the death in the 1st Century AD for the ‘entertainment’ of the Royal Court in Japan. Here a fighter uses strikes whilst standing, throws the opponent to the floor and kills him by ‘treading upon his loins until he was dead.’
In Martial Arts circles, Ju Jitsu is called the ‘Mother Art’ because, being so old and diverse, it gave rise to other forms of Martial Arts such as Aikido, Judo and some forms of Karate. As such, it is a very versatile art form, which has many different uses. Children use it as an effective form of Self-defence and discipline and Police, Security and Door personnel can use it for control and restraint situations. It has also been used as an extremely good method of competition fighting against all other Martial Arts, most notably in the UFC.
In old Japan, it was taught to the Samurai Warriors as an unarmed combat / self-defence system to be used in the royal court in the presence of an authority figure where drawing a sword would be an offence, in the battlefield when their swords broke and in the capture of criminals.
Utilising the full range of distant, medium, close and grappling fight ranges with kicks, punches and other strikes; throws and takedowns; immobilizations and holds; chokes; strangles; joint locks and bone breaking; Ju Jitsu really does have something for every occasion and has been copied and renamed many times over the years. But, rather than being a modern invention, all these ranges were there, right from the beginning, making Ju Jitsu a most versatile art that was designed specifically as an effective self-defence system. Due to its continued growth, is just as effective today as it was all those centuries ago.