What is Jiu Jitsu?

What is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is primarily a practical self-defence martial art that focuses on the use of locks, throws, strikes and holding techniques to deal with real life situations. Originating from ancient Japanese techniques used by the Samurai when forced to fight without their weapons, Jiu Jitsu teaches you to overcome stronger, larger, more powerful opponents, even armed ones. It is a progressive martial art that offers a means of personal and physical development, as well as an effective system of self-defence.

With over 3000 active members and several hundred instructors - including specialists in modern sport forms, traditional forms, weapons training, first Aid and Shiatsu, The Jiu Jitsu Foundation is the largest single-style Jiu Jitsu organisation in Britain - practising the modern and unique Shorinji Kan system of Jiu Jitsu.

How It Works

Based on the principal of using an aggressor’s energy to their own disadvantage, Jiu Jitsu skills can be used by men, women and children to counter aggressive situations ranging from unwanted harassment to armed physical assault.

The core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks and strikes. Many of the techniques do not require much physical strength to be efficient

Is it Hard?

Our instructors were novices once, and we understand that starting a martial art can be daunting. Don’t worry if you are not at the peak of fitness before you join. Regular training can help to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and posture. Moreover, most people find over time that Jiu Jitsu improves their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Is it for me?

Jitsu training is also great fun and a fantastic way to meet new friends. The Jiu Jitsu Foundation is an organisation with over a hundred clubs in the UK. We offer a vibrant social life out of club training too, with events organised throughout the year. The best way to find out more is to come along and join in. Remember, your first session is free.

What's Ju Jutsu?

Jiu Jitsu, Ju Jitsu, Ju Jutsu, Jitsu are all different names for the same thing. The Japanese Jiu Jitsu style we practice is Shorinjikan Jiu Jitsu, and is often referred to simply as Jitsu. For more information about Japanese Martial Arts visit TJJF.