What’s Jitsu?

A Martial Art

‘Jitsu’ is a modern interpretation of Jiu Jitsu, practiced by members of The Jitsu Foundation. It is:

“a martial art based on the traditional styles of Jiu Jitsu that originated and developed in medieval Japan. The core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks and strikes. Based on the principal of using an aggressor’s energy to their own disadvantage” (jitsufoundation.org, 2013)

We stick to the traditional aspects of Jiu Jitsu whilst making it more applicable to the modern world.

A Self-defence

It’s a martial art focused on self-defence from modern day weaponry such as: glass bottles, knives, chains, baseball bats, chairs, knuckledusters; and from various attacks and situations: single person attacks, multiple person attacks, gang attacks, punches (various types), kicks (various types), body and hair grabs.

We also frequently attempt to mimic real life situations, like being pinned to the ground, dragged away, attacked against a wall, grabbed by the collar and punched or head butted, having your wrists grabbed, hair pulled, being strangled, and so much more!

You’ll learn to defend from people smaller than you and bigger than you throw counter attacks, pressure points, locks and throws.

If you can think of an attack in real life, it’s likely we learn to defend from it.

Competitive (if you like)

If you’re the competitive type, you’ll be pleased to know that we compete biannually in November and March (during university term time). The competitions often take place at major universities’ sports centres over a weekend and are a fantastic opportunity to get away with your club and meet people from other universities.

Atemi Nationals

The BUCS-registered Atemi Nationals is a regular Jitsu competition, in which participants demonstrate their mastery of the martial art as a self-defence by completing gauntlets, circles and Vs to simulate real life situations.

You are marked by a panel of judges and winners earn BUCS points for their university.

Randori Nationals

We also compete in traditional one-on-one Judo (many Judo throws are similar to or the same as Jiu Jitsu throws) – both kneeling (lower grades) and standing. Competitors must pin (kneeling) or successfully throw (standing) their opponents to score points and win fights.

This is an excellent chance to test your throwing ability, as your opponent is constantly trying to block you and counter your attacks.