Jujitsu Moves

Written by Sierra Rein
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There are about 30 to 50 basic Jujitsu moves for a student of the art of "Ju" to learn. However, there are also countless applications and variations of these moves when applied to an actual fight, competitive or otherwise. Proper instruction of the basic moves will establish a base from which to embellish more advanced striking, throwing and grappling moves.

This "gentle fighting art" focuses on the relationship between oneself and the forward energy of one's attacker. It involves joint locks, throws, strikes, blocks, and chokes and relies on an understanding of balance. The trick to learning Jujitsu moves is to practice them until they become second nature to you.

The great thing about Jujitsu is that a small individual can overpower a larger one, provided she knows how to use the weight and momentum of her opponent against him. It does not take strength or pure muscle power to get out of a head lock or block a kick. However, Jujitsu moves do require a clear knowledge of the human body (including its limitations) and how to mechanically take advantage of these weaknesses.

Incorporating Jujitsu Moves into a Self Defense Repertoire

Many people take the formal knowledge they acquire in a Jujitsu class and combine it with other self defensive moves. Doing so will enhance the chances of getting out of a real street fight unharmed. It will also create a more well-rounded sense of confidence, a higher sense of self, and a clearer understanding of what it takes to tackle someone who will not follow any fighting rules whatsoever.


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