Jujutsu, (also known as Jujitsu or Ju-Jitsu), is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon.

“Jū” can be translated to mean “gentle, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.” “Jutsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique” and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force.Jujutsu evolved among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.

There are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jujutsu schools (ryū) may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking, and kicking). In addition to jujutsu, many schools teach the use of weapons.

Today, jujutsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport and martial art of judo, which was developed by Kanō Jigorō in the late 19th century from several traditional styles of jujutsu, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which was in turn derived from earlier (pre–World War II) versions of Kodokan judo.

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  • Tony Gougeon
    21 May 2016 at 12:39 am
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    Is there a Aikido Group or Traditional Jujitsu Group currently train in Nassau? I would love to get to there for some time off and have an opportunity to train. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. I will make this trip in mid June. Hope to make it a regular trip, from Florida.

    • rashad penn
      19 August 2016 at 10:34 am
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      My appologies for the late reply. There is no official Aikido school although there is one person I know that practices the art and gives private lessons. As for traditional Juitsu as in Graicie Jujitsu there are not official schools. There are three different schools that tech various forms of Jujitsu on the island. The first is a MMA school that uses BJJ in their training. That is Empire Mixed Martial Arts Bahamas you can visit their facebook page.

      Next is a derivative of Sanuces Jujitsu you will have to look up Grand Master Frankie Adderly, Professor Alfred Rolle or a subset school called Arts of Self Defense.

      Finally a form of Jujitsu I have not seen in a while but is practiced and taught by D’Arcy Rahming of Allstar Family Center.

      hope that helps

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