What is Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu jitsu is an old Japanese martial art. It has been around a long time and if the name does look appear to be familiar it is because ji jitsu is spelled in many ways.
Jiu jitsu was originally created to use in warfare, however this did not pan out due to the end of the feudal period in Japan. This meant that jiu jitsu now had to be developed into something that could be practiced realistically and safely. Because of this judo and aikodo were created. Many jitsu moves are used in both these martial arts today.
A list of Jiu Jitsu Techniques
Within the art of jiu jitsu there are thousands of techniques available to learn. This means that it is a martial art that requires a considerable amount of time and effort to learn to do. Below is a list of a few basic jiu jitsu techniques. While it is by no means exhaustive, it is a good starting ground for beginners.
- Osoto-Gari: This requires a person to block towards the inside of a punch and grab ahold of the person that is attacking them, They then redirect their balance to the back corner and kick their leg out.
- Ippon-Seoi-Nage: This move requires that one moves in closer towards their attacker and tries to get beneath their attacking arm. When they are there, they should turn their back towards the attacker at the same time holding their arm. It is now time to sink, turn, and toss the attacker over.
- Ude-Garami: The person attempting this move should bend their arm at the elbow. Their hand can point either upwards or downwards. Now the wrist should be pushed down and the elbow is to be pushed upwards.
- Ude-Kujiki: The arm should be wrapped around the other person’s elbow. The person who is doing this technique should brace their hand against their own arm. Pressure should be applied to underneath the elbow area while one is pushing down upon the elbow.
- Kote-Gaeshi: The other person’s wrist should be turned towards them so that the fingers are pointed towards the face. The wrist should now be turned away from the center line and then it should be pushed down upon.
- Kesa-Gatame: The requires one to sit at a person’s side and face away from that person. Now an arm should be wrapped around the neck of the person and the head should be tucked between the person’s head and shoulder. The person who is doing this jiu jitsu move should separate their legs in order to remain stable.
Those that are interested in martial arts should attempt jiu jitsu as it is essentially the father of judo and aikido.