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Unarmed self-defence

The Japanese martial art of ju-jitsu dates back to the 16th century. Legend claims that Shirobei Akiyama observed how the twigs of the willow bent in a blizzard, freeing themselves from the snow without breaking. In ju-jitsu, Japanese for 'gentle art' or 'art of subtleness', he consequently taught that by properly absorbing an attack one may turn its energy to the detriment of the opponent.

The golden age of ju-jitsu lasted until 1869. When the emperor returned to Japan, he abolished feudalism and did away with the privileges of the samurai. Still, traditionkept ju-jitsu alive and allowed for it to spread around the world.

Many other martial arts - judo and aikido among them - have developed from ju-jitsu by extracting specific facets of its complex nature.

Two disciplines make up competitive ju-jitsu:
In the Duo System, a pair of 'jutsukas' from the same team show possible self-defense techniques against a random series of grips, strangle holds, embraces, punches, kicks and armed attacks with stick or knife.
The Fighting System is the one-on-one combat between athletes from opposing teams in different weight and gender classes. Each match is divided in distance combat, grounding techniques and  the final phase of the fight on the mat.
Ju-Jitsu International Federation
Information about German Ju-Jutsu Federation


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