Jiu-Jitsu / Jujutsu - 柔術, is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat developed to defeat an opponent using the most efficient methods possible. Utilising counter strikes, pins, joint locks, and throws and the principle of using an attacker's energy against him rather than directly opposing it.
There are many variations of the art, some more traditional than others, and some a
re-convergence of styles based around the principles and teachings of Jiu-Jitsu, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jujutsu schools (ryū) may utilize all or some forms of grappling techniques to some degree or other (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, disengagements, striking, and kicking).
The name Jiu-Jitsu / Ju-Jutsu are but a couple of desctriptive variations to describe what we teach. "Jiū" or "Jū" can be translated to mean "gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding". "Jitsu/Jutsu" can be translated to mean "art", "technique" , "method of". So generally speaking any style that is referred to using the latter term is not seen as a sport or a path ("do" - as in Judo).
The term jūjutsu was not coined until the 17th century, after which time it became a blanket term for a wide variety of grappling disciplines and related techniques. Prior to that time, there were many names, and as of circa 1600 over 2000 different Ryu (schools/styles).
Jiu-Jitsu/Jujutsu has become the basis for many military unarmed combat techniques (including British/US/Russian special forces and SO1 police units) for many years. Since the early 1900s, every military service in the world has an unarmed combat course that has been founded on the principal teachings of Jujutsu. And because jujutsu contains so many facets, it has become the foundation or mother form to a variety of styles and derivations around today. Additionally, many traditional Japanese jujutsu styles underwent a process of adaptation at the hands of Western practitioners, molding the art of jujutsu to suit western culture in its myriad varieties. There are today many distinctly westernized styles of jujutsu, that stick to their Japanese roots to varying degrees.
Some examples of martial arts that have developed from or have been influenced by jujutsu are: aikido (via Aiki-JuJutsu), bartitsu, hapkido, judo (and thence Brazilian jiu-jitsu) and sambo, krav maga, and kenpo.
We do not teach Brazilian but some Traditional Kodokan Judo.
More information regarding the heretige of this amazing martial art on the internet, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujutsu