About Ju-Jitsu

Kosho Ryu Kempo Ju-Jitsu

Kosho Ryu Kempo Jujitsu is a Combat Martial Art. Its sole purpose is to disable the attacker by any means necessary. This can be a wrist or arm lock, a break or dislocation, or even a knock-out depending on the situation.

Students are taught to defend against a wide variety of realistic situations - defence from rear attacks, holds, weapons, punches, kicks, attacks on the ground and many more.

In Ju-Jitsu, the size of a person or their strength is not an issue. Ju-jitsu uses pressure points, joint locks and a variety of other techniques to disable an opponent. This is why Ju-Jitsu is popular, particularly with women. No matter how muscular a person is, their joints are still the same size and strength as everyone else’s.

Ju-Jitsu History

Japanese old style Ju-Jitsu or Nihon koryu Ju-Jitsu was developed and practiced during the Muromachi period in Japan between 1333-1573. This old style of martial arts training was focused on teaching the unarmed or very lightly armed warrior to fight a heavily armed warrior.

This eventually led to a significant amount of grappling, throwing, restraining, and weaponry skills being taught to Samurai, the most effective of which depended on the particular situation. The term Ju-Jitsu began to take hold in the 17th century. At the time, it really described all of the grappling related disciplines in Japan being used and taught by the samurai. Ju-Jitsu translates to the "art of softness," or "way of yielding," which reinforces the notion that it is an art that uses an attacker's aggressiveness and momentum against them.

Eventually, Ju-Jitsu morphed, changing with the times to the Nihon Ju-Jitsu seen more today. Generally, this more contemporary style is often termed Edo Ju-Jitsu, since it was founded during the Edo period. The striking in these styles would be less effective against armour, for example, since no one is really wearing armour these days. However, it would be more appropriate against a plain-clothed person.

The Development of Ju-Jitsu

The first recognised school (Ryu) that taught only Ju-Jitsu moves opened in 1532, founded by Master Takenouchi Hisamori. The Takenouchi-Ryu taught the art of seizing (Kogusoku) and though it was different from the style as it is taught today, it is usually considered to be the foundation of the modern art.

The art of Ju-Jitsu developed further from the 17th century when many samurai warriors were no longer able to make an income from war as the country had begun a period of prolonged civil rest, known as the Edo period (1603 – 1868). Swords and other weapons were banned for all but the samurai so martial arts schools that taught unarmed combat techniques grew in popularity throughout the period.

The Characteristics of Ju-Jitsu

Ju-Jitsu is characterised by using an attacker's momentum or strength against them by guiding it in a way that the applier would prefer (and not the attacker). Methods taught in Ju-Jitsu or Ju-Jutsu circles include striking, throwing, restraining (pinning and strangling), joint locks, weaponry, and grappling. It is truly best known for its effectiveness against weapons, use of throws, and its locks (armbars and wrist locks, for example).