Philosophy of Ju-Jitsu

Ju-Jitsu, which translates to 'the gentle art', is among the most effective and potentially destructive martial arts known to man. It is one of the most ancient martial arts, having been developed and honed over 2500 years. The Ju-Jitsu canon is also the basis for many of the more modern arts, including Judo, Karate, and Aikido. A student proficient in the art of Ju-Jitsu has studied techniques that are a combination of Judo (emphasizing throws and leverage), Akido (focusing on nerves and attacker momentum), Karate (specializing in striking and kicking), and other martial arts. A student proficient in the art has the option of doing great bodily harm to his adversary. The practitioner also has the choice of causing his opponent to sense severe pain without any actual injury taking place.

Because of this potential, the serious Ju-Jitsu student also accepts a philosophy of non-violence: a physical confrontation should be avoided whenever possible. The Ju-Jitsu student must adopt an attitude of tolerance and self-control: he must bend like the willow. These principles will help the student become a better person, and simultaneously help her avoid unnecessary confrontations. It is the inner peace and confidence that the student develops that makes this possible. Patience is key.

A properly trained student will do everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation, not only because she knows that such a confrontation is unnecessary, but also because he knows that he has a better than average chance of successfully defending himself (therefore, proving it is unnecessary), and because a physical confrontation is philosophically degrading, as it indicates that all other means of avoidance have failed. If it is necessary to use Ju-Jitsu against an adversary, the student must still use self-restraint and good judgment. He must use his knowledge only to protect himself and others from harm, and then only to the extent to protect and remove himself from the situation.