The art of pliancy, using harmonious spirit
Aiki-Jujitsu is our primary discipline.
Jujitsu is a Japanese Martial Art born out of the feudal era. It is essentially the art of using throwing and joint locking techniques to defend one’s self.
It is usually translated as “the gentle art” but this is a very limiting and also fairly inaccurate translation. “Ju” means “softness,” “pliancy,” “flexibility,” “suppleness,” or “yielding.” “-jitsu” means “art of” and suffixes many arts including Kenjitsu (the art of the sword) and Ninjitsu (the art of stealth). It differs from “-jutsu” which is another common spelling by being closely linked to personal growth rather than entirely for battle use.
So, Jujitsu is better translated as “the art of giving way without up or giving in” OR “the art of pliancy”. It therefore emphasises the non-use of strength in defence, whilst also being positive – seeking to overcome the attacker. Because of its ethos, it is open to practice by anyone, irrespective of body type.
From Jujitsu was born Aikijitsu – the art of harmonious spirit. From Jujitsu and Aikijitsu was born Aikido which is another very commonly practiced, modern Martial Art. Aikijitsu and Aikido use the principle of harmony – blending with an attack and absorbing the attacking power to redirect the attack into powerful joint locks or projections.
Jujitsu with added Aiki elements gives us Aiki-Jujitsu – “the art of pliancy, using harmonious spirit”.
We work on practical defences including defending against weapons and cover all ranges