Jiu Jitsu (or JuJutsu) can be translated as the 'art of softness'. We teach techniques which can neutralize attacks by using an opponent's strength and aggression against them by using leverage and manipulating balance. Many of the principles of Karate are employed and combined with take-downs, throws and joint locks to create an effective, comprehensive style of self-defence.
The style we trained in was called Juko Ryu Jiu Jitsu (also called Juko Ryo... likely a translation variation) and was developed from Japanese roots in Britain by Prof. Richard Morris and Robert Clark. Our Sensei is Shihan Tom Sharkey, who was a featured visiting instructor for several years here at our Dojo - teaching Jiu Jitsu on Saturdays from the early-80’s to the mid/late-90’s. Continuing study under Shihan Jack Donovan until he was forced to stop training due to illness and then later passed away.
Currently we are training in a blend of different styles including ground techniques.
Unlike many martial arts, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu has not had a neat and well organized history, therefore its roots have been very difficult to trace. Mentioned as far back as 2500 years ago, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu developed from many individual teachings, either originating in japan or coming to Japan from other Asian countries. The first formal school opened in 1532 in Japan and the art itself became an important part of Samurai training. Jiu-Jitsu is often called the “parent art”, since many other arts like BJJ, Judo and Aikido can trace direct lines to Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.
Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is a very practical martial art! It is taught to police and military personnel throughout the world. The reason for this simple. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is the original Mixed Martial Art (MMA)! Japanese Jiu-Jitsu contains elements of striking, takedowns, and BJJ/grappling, making it the favoured art, not only of professional fighters, but people interested in defending themselves in any situation!