Questions tagged [jujutsu]

柔(ju) 術(jutsu) 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. Jujutsu is also anglicized as jujitsu and jiujitsu. Derived martial arts include judo and Brazilian jiujitsu.

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Is full/contact an official Jiu Jitsu system under JJIF?

I noticed that the official systems of Jiu Jitsu under JJIF are Newaza, Duo and Fighting system but no full/contact system, or it may be but it is not mentioned even in the JJIF website. However, ...
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Danzan Ryu Jiu-Jitsu for self defense?

Is this an effective art for self-defense? I've been doing it for fun and recreation. I'm thinking for actual self-defense, I should learn catch wrestling and Brazilian jujitsu.
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Which style to cross train with Southern Mantis Kung Fu?

I have been training Southern Mantis Kung Fu for around 20 years. I started Hsing I Quan about 8 years ago. I was thinking of adding some throwing game, grappling etc but didn't want to go to BJJ. ...
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How does BJJ differ from classic jujutsu? [duplicate]

I'm interested in studying grappling, locks, throws. Basically using my size (6'4", 280 lbs, no fat) to my advantage. I already hold a 3rd dan black belt in Goju karate, but karate in general does not ...
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Sumi Gaeshi or Obi Tori Gaeshi?

I'm a BJJ praticioner trying to improve my takedowns. I was wondering: is the Obi Tori Gaeshi just a variation of the Sumi Gaeshi or a different takedown? The two takedowns are quite similar, with ...
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Harassment by another student

I have studied jujitsu for almost 5 years. Last year, my daughter and I started Taekwondo also. From the minute I walked through the doors, a 40ish year old man has been harassing me. Everything from ...
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Does cycling improve stamina or any other physical characteristics?

Background info: I've been practicing shotokan karate for 9 years now and loved exercising in general. Due to various reasons, I moved to a different region and started japanese jiu jitsu 5 months ...
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Why should “Oss” be used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Disclaimer... this is a potentially subjective question, and I'm looking for answers to "why" with references. What is your experience and historical understanding of the use of the word? I've moved ...
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What would prove better for a youth as self-defense [closed]

What would prove more effective/efficient for a young kid to learn from a young age, 3-4 years old, and later on use in survival situations when they are still not fully grown, 10-15 years old. I'm ...
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What is the etymology and meaning of Oss?

I've moved to a new location, and have started training with a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school. My previous school made absolutely no use of the word "oss". It is, however, ubiquitous with my new ...
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Clumsy and struggling with performing techniques

Over the last few months I've been trying to learn martial arts as my main hobby. The problem is, I really struggle with performing the techniques shown to me. I constantly need correcting and just ...
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Emphasis in jujitsu and brazilian jujitsu

I am familiar with the history of both jujitsu and Brazilian jujitsu and how they were formed and I know a little about the differences between them. I've read multiple threads but there were things ...
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Adapting from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
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Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
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Judo throw/techniques for taller people

I'm 1,91m tall and stronger built than most of my opponents. Right now I'm trying to improve my strategy in Judo, as so far I'm mostly passive and use Tani Otoshi as I can, or Ippon Seoi Nage or Seoi ...
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How to release from Jiu Jitsu throw?

Please refer to video at 3:46. As can be seen one of the fighters lift the other guy and he twists his legs at the high point and release as he reaches the floor. What is this release called and ...
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How can I teach students to relax and not rely on muscle strength

Although I teach a japanese style of jujitsu I would welcome advice from practitioners of other styles as well. At our school we typically focus on a kata curriculum in a fairly low stress environment....
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What are the origins of the Isshin ryu's vertical fist with thumb on top?

I was taught in my jujitsu school to make a fist with the thumb on top which I discovered through some internet digging is the way Isshin ryu practitioners make a fist. I have yet to find anyone else ...
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How to teach intent?

My son (9 years old) and I do Japanese jujitsu, we have a great time, though our class does split into juniors and seniors. For the last few weeks I have not been in class, but watched my son, and ...
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Where to find a training partner for home based practicing?

I'm interested in trying to find a training partner in my area to practice at my house. I am strapped for cash and time so martial arts gyms are out for right now. However, I have everything necessary ...
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How to deal with pressure in a grading

So I have just done my purple belt grading in JJJ, the current syllabus it went mostly fine - but hard, a lot of throws and randori etc, then we moved to back catalogue This is where things start to ...
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How necessary is youth and flexibility in Jiu Jitsu? As compared to Boxing?

I have a little experience with boxing and kickboxing (< 1 yr) and did ok in those sports. I have a chance to do jiu jitsu, but am wondering how much flexibility is needed. I am older (late 40s). ...
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What is exactly a cross face position in BJJ?

I'm training BJJ but my native language is not english. I tried translation but it didn't work as well. So I'm wondering: what is a cross face? I see people mentioning this cross face position, when ...
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Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

I am practicing Japanese Jujitsu, I am currently purple white stripe belt. Physically I am about 75kgs, and about 5ft 7-8. My problem is when I hip throw (Ogoshi) my regular uke, probably a few kgs ...
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Baratoplata vs Kimura

What's the main difference between Baratoplata and Kimura lock? Or is Baratoplata another variation of Kimura? Do they affect to the same area of the arm?
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Fall Differences between Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo

I just started learning Jujitsu (Japanese not Brazilian) and the techniques for falling are different than judo and more similar to Aikido. When i learned to do a front or side fall thru my previous ...
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Cardio/ Jujitsu excercise without using legs

I have hurt my right foot,(painful to walk on) but I don't want to put on weight/ lose any cardio fitness/ lose my Jujitsu skills while I am resting up. So what would the best exercises/ routines I ...
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How did jiujitsu spread to Britain?

'Suffrajitsu': How the suffragettes fought back using martial arts talks about jiujitsu being used by suffragettes in pre-WWI Britain. How did the martial art spread from Japan to Britain?
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Lower center of gravity an advantage?

All things being equal if two traditional jiu-jitsu — or other grappling discipline — combatants with similar skills, were involved in a fight, one shorter than the other, would the shorter combatant ...
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More dirty tricks in Ju Jitsu compared to other martial arts?

When I was a kid, I did Karate and it was all about stance, punching, kicking, katas, etc. Now I have started ju jitsu, and it seems it's like almost anything goes. My teacher is teaching us the ...
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Electric Chair Submission

Is 'Electric Chair' submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu some kind of a knee bar or does it affect to any other area of the leg?
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I would like to start ju jitsu [duplicate]

I wanted to know if someone aged 15-16 is good to start. I want to know what you guys think of ju jitsu. Did any of you start at 15, how are you like now.
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I want to learn Jiu Jitsu here in Japan, so do you guys know a school in Japan where they teach Jiu Jitsu, not BJJ? [duplicate]

I want to learn original Japanese Jiu Jitsu here in Japan, but not BJJ. But I do not know to where to learn. Any ideas?
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Calf Slicer vs Vaporizer

I'm just curious to know the exact difference/s between the Jiu Jitsu moves 'Calf Slicer' and 'Vaporizer'. Do both submissions affect to the calf or they work differently?
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Where can you learn Jiu Jitsu (not BJJ) anywhere in Japan? [closed]

I want to learn Jiu Jitsu (not BJJ). I know that BJJ can be better, but i'm not interested in that. I'd like to know which school in Japan is to learn original Jiu Jitsu. The place can be anywhere, ...
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Can i do judo or jiu-jitsu even if I have braces? [closed]

I'm just wondering if is it okay to be training mix martial arts even if I have braces. Because of the various throws and submission techniques, I'm just wondering if it would be bad for my braces or ...
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What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean and which to get?

I have a practical question for once. I was thinking of taking up Jiu-Jitsu and my local gym offers the Gi in colors white, blue, and black. The white is about $100, the blue $115, and the black $...
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Stahara word usage

In the 1920 text, Secrets of Jujitsu by Captain Allan Smith (the pdf is readily available by googling), Smith refers to the abdominal region as the "Stahara". I've done some Japanese arts before, but ...
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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

In Aikido (and Judo, Jujitsu, etc...) we do a lot of break falling or ukemi. It is one of the first thing to is taught to beginners. It is the first thing that they are graded on and one of the ...
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Etymology and meaning of ukemi

I believe that ukemi can be translated as receiving body (受け身). It is what uke (受け, whoever receives the technique) does when nage (投げ thrower) or tori (取り, grabber) applies a technique. Am I correct ...
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Why do we train martial arts? [closed]

I've been doing some serious thinking on WHY I am doing martial arts. I can't get it out of my mind and that's all I've been thinking about. This all happened after a trip to Japan and Australia with ...
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Attacked by black belt [closed]

I was attacked in the street by my neighbour who is a black belt Tai Juitsu, I want to know how I go about getting his licence revoked. He is claiming self defence only because I tried to get him of ...
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Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?

What's the difference between Ju-jutsu and Jiu-jitsu? In Sweden we only have Ju-jutsu and I have noticed that in the USA they have both Ju-jutsu and Jiu-jitsu and they look like the same thing.
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Why do taekwondoists bounce so much? (And how do we help them stop?)

At training last night (Japanese JiuJitsu), we had two people with TKD backgrounds training with us. I couldn't help noticing how bouncy they both were. They both came from different TKD school, yet ...
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history of Jujitsu?

Does anyone know of any good references covering the history of Jujitsu? I've been studying Judo, Jujitsu (Japanese), and BJJ, and everyone I ask has a different version of the history of these arts....
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How can you practice wrist locks/grappling holds without a partner?

The problem I have is that I have class once a week, and the class is small. Striking techniques, and overall one-step sparring techniques I can practice at home and in the air. Grappling, joint-...
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Tanto Forms Reference

A long time ago I used to study fighting with a tanto, derived loosely from aikijujutsu. Recently I have found myself glancing through a lot of forms practice and analyzing the movements, and was ...
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Has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu been recognized as a form of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan?

In North America, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice and instruction is quite different from what is found in schools of Jiu-Jitsu that describe themselves as Japanese. Are the two martial arts still ...
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How to maintain closed guard with short legs?

I find it quite tricky to maintain a closed guard as I shortish legs, I find that its not that hard for someone to break it open. Is there any good advice on how to keep a good closed guard if you ...
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How can I improve my teaching of ukemi or break falling?

How can I improve teaching forward and flip (kote gaeshi and sumi otoshi for those that know what it looks like) breakfalls? I have been teaching those for a while and students do pick them up and ...