is Ju Jitsu?
Ju Jitsu is a system of self sefence based on traditional schools
which developed in Japan over hundreds of years. Most of these schools
taught it as a complete system including the use of a variety of
weapons currently in use at that time, and the use of the empty
hand. It is the latter usage which has become best known today as
did Ju Jitsu come from?
There are as many answers to this question as there are people ready
to answer it! However, most would agree that it is very old (some
say as old as 2500 B.C.) and that it probably originated in India
and came to Japan via China, although there is some evidence that
it was an entirely Japanese creation to which "foreign"
techniques were added.
don't you see competitions in Ju Jitsu, like Karate and Judo?
Over the years, many attempts have been made to introduce some form
of competition to Ju Jitsu, with little valid success. If you wish
to have a "safe" sport, certain dangerous techniques have
to be banned. Ju Jitsu is composed almost entirely of such techniques
which are unsuitable for use in the highly charged atmosphere of
competitive combat sport.
anyone learn Ju Jitsu?
Yes, almost! It is not suitable for the elderly or the very young,
but most people are capable of learning the basic moves. You don't
have to be super-fit (although it helps, as in any physical activity)
and average strength and co-ordination are usually sufficient. Ju
Jitsu relies more on leverage and given pain to produce defence,
rather than strength or bodyweight.
Your club is too far away, how can I find a good club in my area?
Find a Club which is registered with one of the National Associations.
This is not an absolute guarantee of good standards, but most reputable
clubs are members and their instructors have to demonstrate their
ability in order to register. Ask to be allowed to watch a training
session (most instructors welcome this). Be suspicious of instructors
who use excessive force on lower grades or who don't follow up on
group demonstrations with individual instruction. Ask yourself-
do the students appear to be enjoying their practise? Do the techniques
shown appear effective? If yes, then the class is a good one!
does Sen Ran mean?
Sen Ran means Mountain storm and was taken from the Nage Waza (throwing
technique) Yama Arashi of the same meaning.