By Cathy Richey, the Cathy Factor
Jujitsu specializes in close techniques like joint locks, chokes,
throws, holds, and grappling techniques, but it also includes
strikes, kicks, blocks, and efficient movement to foil and counter
attackers. Jujitsu is not only a system of self defense, but an
excellent way to educate the mind in peace, confidence, and control
while developing the body in a healthful way. Jujitsu practice is
excellent exercise, and anybody can tailor the workout to his
present level of fitness. Jujitsu is perfect for anyone regardless
of age, size, sex, or strength because its techniques use leverage
and efficiency of movement rather than relying on just strength or
Jujitsu is often called the "gentle art" or "flexible skill" or
even the "essences of the gentleness and flexibility in a combat
art". Regardless of how Jujitsu began, it developed into a powerful
system of self-defense, which has been the parent art to such modern
arts as Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu and Aikido. It is a system of
balance disruption, wrestling, throwing, joint locking, choking, and
The higher levels of this system reveal an intricate and
beautiful system of effortless moves that include precise striking
of nerve centers, balance disruption of adversaries for throws,
sweeps and takedown, powerful projections, and dynamic Ki (Chinese
chi) development. It perfectly complements the Kempo system. Jujitsu
and Kempo have been paired together for so long it is difficult to
tell where one begins and the other ends. But, there are subtle
There is some controversy as to what influence Ch’uan Fa (Kempo),
especially Chin Na, has had on Jujitsu. It is known that China and
Japan traded heavily during the formative years of Japan’s
development. It was during this time that Japan adopted many things
from their neighbors across the sea, such as the Chinese written
characters and many social traditions such as Zen, the study of
Confucian thought, and the philosophies of the Do (Taoism).
Regardless of what exact relationship there is between the
origins of Chin Na and Jujitsu, the two systems are practically
identical in their application today. Jujitsu taught today, is the
empty-handed self-defense techniques developed from the centuries
old military arts of the Japanese Samurai Warriors.
Though the history of Jujitsu may well be considered to have
begun in the second or first century BC, its renaissance, or "golden
age", was during the Tokugawan era (1603 – 1867 AD). The term
Jujitsu, formulated in the Tokagawan era, translates to the art (Ju)
of yielding, softness, suppleness, or pliability (Jitsu), meaning
When Kempo arrived on the shores of the mainland from Hawaii, it
was filled with Jujitsu. Although some Kempo systems claim to
contain Jujitsu, this is the stand up variety as opposed to a
complete system. The original name for Hawaiian Kempo was Kempo
Jujitsu. It was full of stand up and ground fighting techniques that
would rival any other system.
Unfortunately, this had been lost due to a lack of awareness.
Thanks to the re-emergence of Jujitsu, many Kempo stylists are now
rediscovering the Jujitsu style of self defense.
Many law enforcement agencies and military branches find the
techniques to be most favorable for their line of work. Also, most
mixed martial arts competitors cross train using many grappling
techniques taken from Jujitsu.
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