In some circles Jiu Jitsu, also referred to in the culture as the “Great Water” is considered a philosophy rather than an art. This philosophy is to become a “jack of all trades and master of some”. Authentic Jiu Jitsu is an extremely diverse martial system comprised of the most effective methods, some of which are referred to today as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Aikido, Akijitsu, Chuan Fa, Kempo, Kobujutsu, and Yoga to name only a few. Jiu jitsu is the art of adaptability and pliability. It endows the practitioner with skills sets such as drawing, leading, unbalancing, grappling, hand striking, kicking, breakfalling, throwing, sweeping, reaping, joint locking, joint destruction, submission holds, weaponry and human anatomy. Jiu Jitsu is also referred to as “the gentle art” and within this reference lies the highly coveted understanding and skill of using gentleness to control force.
The art of Jiu Jitsu is also the genesis of a hand striking art known as Kempo or Kenpo. This hand art known in Jiu Jitsu circles as the “hands of Jiu Jitsu” has its roots in a Chinese system known as Chuan Fa or “Fist Law”, the way of the continuous returning fist. It consists of extremely rapid, intricate, circular hand blows teamed with highly effective low line kicks. Higher level training places emphasis on the internal arts such as breathing, metabolic skill and mind control.
In keeping with the philosophy of Jiu Jitsu adaptability within all zones of engagement is addressed. Hand and foot arts such as boxing, karate, Muy Thai and Tae Kwon Do are incorporated to provide dynamic kicking skills, evasive movement and devastating punches. Close quarters engagement training coupled with knowledge of human anatomy provides effective measures for control, escape or absolute neutralization of the threat. Weaponry training such as Kobujutsu and Silat enables the practitioner to develop the ability to use anything as a weapon. Yoga promotes good health, aids in making the body more supple and flexible.
The true strength of Jiu Jitsu is its varied knowledge of vast proportions. The martial artist who studies one art is in serious trouble in a life threatening situation if their particular set of skills are not designed to neutralize the martial skill sets being incorporated against them. Having a skillful working knowledge of Jiu Jitsu enables the practitioner to shift from one skill set to another as well as blend any of the components as needed.
Because of the extensive curriculum in the study of Jiu Jitsu, it typically takes longer periods of time for one to become proficient especially pertaining to the advanced methods of execution. Although this may be the case great emphasis is consistently placed on the basics of the skill sets. This gives a novice a practical effective working knowledge of self defense geared towards the nature of threats within today’s unpredictable society.
New inductees are encouraged to push themselves to their mental and physical parameters with the intention of discovering their personal limits. With this true understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses the practitioner can begin developing a realistic understanding of what martial arts is about for them personally. From here the student learns the truth and differences between what will have a higher probability of effectiveness in a true life or death situation as it pertains specifically to them and their capabilities verses those methodologies that are inappropriate for the threat at hand and will likely result in disaster.
From here training ascends into the advanced levels where lies the inner circle or what is referred to as the “Bindu”. This is for those who wish to ascend beyond a working knowledge of a martial self-preservation and rise to mastery of the art. This type of commitment requires that one dedicate themselves to the lifestyle.
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