Jiu-Jitsu has existed in Japan for centuries, although it's earliest origins are not entirely clear. Ancient Japanese texts make reference to various grappling styles, and there are many scrolls depicting ancient techniques that are quite recognizable to a modern Jiu-Jitsu student. Jiu-Jitsu translates as "gentle art", or "soft art". The term would appear to be somewhat of a misnomer, for Jiu-Jitsu was a fighting art with direct links to bloody battlefields of fuedal Japan. The warrior caste, samurai, clearly had a need for empty-hand techniques because there was always a chance of losing one's sword, or being caught without a weapon.

Jiu-Jitsu encompasses punches, kicks, painful pressure points, throws, chokes, and joint locks. The term "gentle art" was meant to convey the guiding philosophy that lies beneath all Jiu-Jitsu- the idea of using one's strength in the most efficient way. Rather than resisting force with force, the fundamental principal is to yield to force, and then use an opponent's strength against them, using efficient technique in an intelligent manner to overcome raw strength and agression. This is the philosophical core of Jiu-Jitsu. It is by following this principal that a smaller individual can hope to defeat a stronger, bigger person.

On Saturday Sept. 25th, John Roseberry-Shihan taught a four hour clinic featuring
Judo techniques with Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in mind.