Ju Jitsu History

Classes are based on traditional Japanese syllabus based Ju Jitsu, which is known to be at least 2,000-3,000 years old and is often referred to as the “Grandfather of Martial Arts”. The techniques were developed on the battlefield by the Samurai warriors . Modern ju jitsu seeks to restrain where possible, but extremely strong techniques are taught. Children are taught techniques appropriate to their age.

Dr Kano studied Ju Jitsu, as he was bullied as a boy in Japan, and in the early Twentieth Century he took the throws from Ju-jitsu and invented Judo as a competitive rather than defensive art. Mitsuyo Maeda moved from Japan to Brazil and taught the Gracie family judo and ju jitsu; they decided to specialise on groundwork and spell it Jiu Jitsu. Many styles of karate come from ju jitsu, but karate relies almost exclusively on punching and kicking.

We operate in a more relaxed atmosphere than many schools, with less emphasis on dress code than may be experienced elsewhere, but everyone in the group has a strong sense of togetherness, and all students help one another. Ju-Jitsu is an all-round system of self-defence that includes throwing and locking (restraints), escaping from grabs, ground-fighting as well as punching and kicking.

It is important to be sure which martial art (self- defence system) you are starting and why. If you are unsure it is advisable to observe a lesson or to take a trial lesson; even within the same school in any martial art the flavour of a class by a different instructor may be entirely different.

People start training for all sorts of reasons, sometimes purely for self- defence or to improve fitness, to build self- confidence, to lose weight, to make friends, to increase personal esteem or to add to existing martial arts skills or any combination of reasons. The main thing is to come along and give it a go- the first lesson is free, just register on-line and we look forward to meeting you. By all means come along with a friend, or if you come by yourself you will have a friendly welcome and good fun.