Nihon Jujutsu


Jujutsu is the mother of all modern Japanese Martial Arts. Nihon Jujutsu is a system of techniques taken from many of the old schools. Techniques are arranged in order to maximize learning and practicality. The emphasis in training develops balance and therefore speed and power. Making use of physiological weak points, an assailant is controlled with a minimum of force. The control practiced allows the use of the technique appropriate to the situation. Nihon Jujutsu teaches control rather than the use of excessive force in self-defense since the goal of practice is to develop balance and peace.

In Nihon Jujutsu, the main method of combative finishing is throwing the opponent. Atemi Waza (striking attacks) should always hit vital points, which will induce central nerve paralysis or momentary muscle spasms. In combative methods (self-defense) joint locking can seldom be used to totally subdue, so that is why throws are considered the major method of finishing in Jujutsu.

The philosophy of Nihon Jujutsu can be found in the maxim Ju joku Go o Seisu (through flexibility, opposition can be overcome). Inherent in this principle is the obligation to refrain from aggression or the use of unnecessary force, respond appropriately to a given situation and avoid needless injury when controlling an adversary. Compromising methods found in many ancient Jujutsu Ryu-ha (styles or schools), Nihon Ju-jutsu is designed to maximize practicality of technique, efficiency of study and is organized to suit the conditions and busy lifestyle of people today.

The above description was provided by Shizuya Sato Sensei, Hanshi 9th Dan Nihon Jujutsu; Hanshi, 8th Dan Judo: Kokusai Budoin, IMAF, Nihon Jujutsu Guideline, 1996, p. 1ff.

Nihon Jujutsu refers to a martial art used by the Japanese strictly for self-protection.  It employs the use of empty hand as well as small weapons tactics.  Nihon Jujutsu was born on the battlefields of feudal Japan.  To the Bushi (Samurai  warrior), it was a secondary art to be used only when his katana (long sword) was unavailable.  Its techniques were unknown to the general public.  Today Nihon Jujutsu is a nearly lost art.  Techniques are kept alive primarily by military and police organizations, usually in short courses on special tactics.  Here too it is a secondary art, the primary weapon being firearms.  In civilian practice there are only a few groups throughout the world who practice Nihon Jujutsu as an art.

Nihon Jujutsu was developed for use in war.  Today is a time of war—private, personal war.  Murder, rape, car jacking, and other violent crimes against individuals sometimes fail to make the front page of most newspapers.  Indeed, they sometimes even fail to make the newspaper at all except as part of a yearly statistic.  Nihon Jujutsu  teaches how not to become one of these statistics.

Jujutsu is defined as a method of dealing with an enemy who is armed (or unarmed), together with methods of using minor weapons such as the tanto (knife), hanbo (3 feet staff), and yubibo (short stick, approximately six inches in length). Basic methods found in Jujutsu include: striking, throwing, projecting, immobilizing, joint-locking, and pressure-points. Jujutsu techniques are effective at all combative ranges including: long range, such as kicking; mid-range, such as punching and striking; close-range; such as grabs or mugs, and grappling (katame-waza).

Senshin-ryu () Jujutsu is the martial art system taught at the Mizukan Dojo. This system contains elements of Jujutsu and Aiki-jujutsu, and is considered gendai sogo bujutsu (or modern composite martial science). The philosophy taught at the Mizukan Dojo is based entirely on principles of the human body: physical and psychological. The basic idea is that as long as you abide by the principles that are taught, then the physical techniques are irrelevant. We're all required to operate within the realm of the human body, which is bound by the laws of physics. An example, is that as long as you move off the line of attack, it's not very important weather you punch, apply a joint lock, or run away, just as long as you have removed yourself from harms way.

Principles range from the very obvious--moving off the line of attack; to the very obscure--the void. Principles can relate to physical movement, the mind, your vision, or any combination of the above.

Not all principles apply to every situation, but in order for a technique to be successful it must utilize at least one of the principles taught in Nihon Jujutsu. You don't have to have knowledge of the principles in order to make a technique effective, but your understanding of the principles can enhance any particular technique, from being effective to being devastating. Principles are not techniques themselves. Karate practitioners and Jujutsu practitioners take advantage of the same principles, they just apply them differently.

Outline of the Nihon Jujutsu Curriculum as proposed by Sato Sensei.


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