Japanese Ju-jitsu is an ancient martial art, dating back thousands of years; in fact, it dates back to the beginning of humankind’s fighting (though then it was not know as “Ju-jitsu”, but rather as simply “fighting”). Ju-jitsu, in its entirety, is not encompassed by only a set syllabus.
That is why students at this dojo do not learn only a set of techniques. Instead of learning a single strike or throw or strangle, we learn concepts. This way, we develop a way of fighting – and this gives rise to the strikes and throws and so on.
Each student is unique with his or her own abilities, and his or her own weaknesses. I (the instructor) want each student to develop his or her own method of fighting, his or her own techniques, with all that is taught as a framework. Each method and each technique must be tested to ensure reliability and practicality.
We cover (among others), against armed and unarmed opponent(s), armed and unarmed with various weaponry: groundfighting, grappling, throwing, covering up, fighting in different environments, striking (with the whole body) and – most importantly – making sure this is all effective.
Weaponry we cover includes: the bo-staff, the jo, the tonfa, the katana, the wakasashi and other one-handed bladed weapons, such as a knife, the kali stick (or baton or machete), the sai, and improvised weaponry (for example, using a chair to defend yourself).