Jujutsu is a traditional Japanese martial art that emphasizes using opponents' energy and movements against them. It is also known as "jujitsu" or "jiu-jitsu" and encompasses a wide variety of techniques, including strikes, joint locks, throws, and pressure points.
Jujutsu originated in Japan in the late 15th century as a form of self-defense for samurai warriors.
Jujutsu was developed as a way to fight without weapons, as the samurai were not allowed to carry weapons with them at all times.
Jujutsu means "gentle art" in Japanese, emphasizing using an opponent's energy and movements against them.
Jujutsu incorporates various techniques, including strikes, joint locks, throws, and pressure points. Jujutsu schools (Ryu) developed their unique styles and practices over time, creating many different branches and sub-styles of Jujutsu.
Jujutsu was primarily taught to the samurai class but eventually spread to the general population and was taught to the police and military.
Jujutsu was heavily influenced by other martial arts, such as Sumo, Kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship), and Yawara (unarmed combat).
Jujutsu techniques were also used as a base for developing Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Aikido.
Jujutsu is considered one of the oldest forms of martial arts in Japan, and it is still practiced today by many worldwide.
Jujutsu is a highly adaptable martial art used for self-defense, sport, and physical fitness.
Jujutsu training often includes equipment such as wooden weapons (Bokken and Jo), training uniforms (GI or Dogi), and training partners to simulate real-life combat scenarios and improve one's skills.