Originally developed by the Japanese Samurai warrior, Ju-Jitsu is a method of defence and offence without weapons in personal encounter. For many centuries in Japan it was practised as a military art together with fencing, archery and the use of the spear.
Japanese Ju-Jitsu is known as the Mother Art, and is the oldest documented Martial Art in history. Many styles have branched from Ju-Jitsu including Karate, Judo and Aikido.
Ju-Jitsu is not a contest of muscular strength. Nor is its prime purpose to damage or maim, but merely to incapacitate one’s opponent for the time being by means of simple techniques, holds, locks, and throws. Ju-Jitsu techniques and holds can be very simple.
A thorough knowledge of them, gained only with constant practice, should develop in one a feeling of strong self-confidence. This confidence causes a Ju-Jitsu expert to react almost instinctively in the event of sudden attack and to manoeuvre any situation to his or her own advantage”.
The Ju-Jitsu instructor must have a thorough and detailed knowledge of the human body; its strong and weak areas, where the balance (centre of gravity) lies, and how to respond calmly in a potentially stressful or confrontational situation.