What is Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu is an ancient martial art initially created for self defense and war time close quarter combat fighting.
The origin of Jiu Jitsu is well known to have begun in Japan, however, China and other ancient civilizations have similar joint locking techniques (such as Qinna from China and Sambo from Russia) and combat strategies similar to Jiu Jitsu.
In the romanized versions of Jiu Jitsu, it is spelled similarly: jujutsu, jujitsu, jiu-jitsu, ju-jitsu, and other ways. In Japanese characters it is rendered as: 柔術
From Japan, all the way through Brazil and now in the United States, Jiu Jitsu has evolved and become a well known sport. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (bjj), there is more focus on the sport / competitive and self defense aspect rather than weapons and close quarter combat. However many military branches still use Jiu Jitsu to this day for close quarter combat scenarios and practice.
In the competitive world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the competitors focus on grappling. Bringing the opponent to the ground, taking an advantageous position, and then forcing the opponent to submit. This is done using the least possible of one's own strength / energy and focusing mostly on technique / strategy. Practitioners submit to their opponent by tapping them on their body to notify them they surrender, and the person performing the technique releases it after the tapping out.
At 5 Boro Fighthaus, formerly American Killer Bees NYC, we prepare students to become active with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by showing them the physical conditioning, joint locking, escaping, combat aspect, and much more. Come by any time for a free class according to our schedule.
Have any specific questions about our day to day Jiu Jitsu? Contact us here, and we will be happy to help.