About Jujitsu: the ideas behind Jujitsu and its history and origin

This page gives a short overview of David Murray's ideas behind Jujitsu, and the origins and history of Jujitsu.

Ideas behind Jujitsu

The art of Jujitsu encourages a student to use his body in a natural and instinctive way.

Jujitsu translated means the art of subtleness, flexibility and pliability

Jujitsu can be performed by anyone, old or young. There are a wide variety of techniques available and lots of ways to perform them. You can perform techniques with strength and speed, but I like to perform them in a more relaxed way, getting maximum effect from minimal output of energy.

The key to success is application not brute strength.

My advice is to work hard at techniques. Don't be in a hurry to learn them and go from one to the other. You will find that in time you can see one technique many different ways, and approach them differently. I find I learn more about Jujitsu by teaching it. As you have to break it down in a way that can be understood. This gives you an insight into how a technique works.

History and origins of Jujitsu

It is widely believed that most forms of Japanese Martial Arts had their origins in Jujitsu. The founders of Aikido and Shoriuji Kempo were both Jujitsu masters and one of the four major schools of karate was founded by a teacher of Jujitsu.

  • During Japan's civil war, there emerged a combative form of self defence designed by warriors to promote self protection.
  • Jujitsu is sometimes known as the art of the Samurai.
  • It was formed by a secret society, 300 years later the true origins of Jujitsu are still a mystery.
  • Jujitsu concentrates on 6 basic premises:
    1. Striking vital areas
    2. Throwing
    3. Grappling / holding down
    4. Locking of joints
    5. Strangles / choking
    6. Resuscitation
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