Written by Sierra Rein
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Jujitsu is steeped in the feudal history of ancient Japan. As a martial art form, it was developed between the 11th and 16th centuries as a method of self defense against armed opponents once a warrior found himself to be unarmed on the battlefield. Once Tokugawa Ieyasu brought peace amongst the feudal kings in 1609, Jujitsu became a competitive sport and took on a more scholastic tone.

The fundamentals of Jujitsu are based on the concept of "Ju." This word embodies the characteristics of suppleness and gentleness as opposed to hard aggression. The goal of "Ju" is to outmaneuver one's opponent, utilizing his forward motion and energy to outbalance him and neutralize every move he makes.

As a form of non-violent fighting, Jujitsu is a very popular form of self defense for people who wish to get out of a fight unscathed. It is particularly effective against people who are either drunk, angry or otherwise non-criminal in their urge to fight. However, the lessons of "Ju" can also be used to become disengaged from attacks by muggers, rapists or abusive domestic partners.

Where to Go to Learn Jujitsu

There are many different martial arts schools that teach the art of "Ju" from the traditional Japanese mode of thought. There are also community programs which combine many Jujitsu moves with other self defense moves. One can either join a class or find a home video collection to discover all that this ancient self defensive art has to offer.

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