Focus on Attention to Detail, Effective Technique with Safe and Respectful Protocols
Instruction is facilitated by 6th Degree Professor Thabiti Sabahive in a welcoming environment that focuses on attention to detail, effective technique with safe and respectful protocols.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:55 – 8:55pm
History of Jujitsu
Ancient Origins (Pre-17th Century): The roots of Jujitsu can be traced back to ancient Japan, where warriors needed effective hand-to-hand combat techniques on the battlefield. During the Nara period (710–794) and the Heian period (794–1185), various martial arts and self-defense methods were developed.
Feudal Japan (12th–16th Century): As Japan entered the feudal era, known as the Sengoku period, warfare became more prevalent. Samurai warriors sought ways to enhance their combat skills, leading to the refinement and systematization of various martial arts, including Jujitsu. Techniques focused on throws, joint locks, strikes, and grappling.
The Rise of the Samurai (17th Century): The Tokugawa shogunate established peace in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868), leading to a decline in battlefield combat. Consequently, martial arts, including Jujitsu, began to shift from a focus on military applications to self-defense and personal development.
Ryu and Styles (17th–19th Century): Different Jujitsu schools, known as “ryu,” emerged during this time, each with its own set of techniques and philosophies. These schools often specialized in certain aspects of combat, such as striking, grappling, or joint locks. Some notable ryu include Yoshin-ryu, Takenouchi-ryu, and Shindo Yoshin-ryu.
Decline and Revival (Late 19th Century): With the Meiji Restoration in 1868 and the subsequent modernization of Japan, traditional martial arts faced decline as they were replaced by more Westernized forms of physical education. However, Jigoro Kano, a martial artist and educator, founded Judo in 1882, incorporating elements of Jujitsu and emphasizing mutual benefit and personal development.
Global Spread (20th Century): Judo played a significant role in spreading the principles of Jujitsu worldwide. As Japan opened up to the world, martial artists from various countries learned Judo and other Japanese martial arts, contributing to the globalization of Jujitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (20th Century): Mitsuyo Maeda, a Judo master, introduced Judo to Brazil in the early 20th century. One of his students, Carlos Gracie, adapted and modified Judo techniques to create Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ gained prominence for its effectiveness in ground fighting and submission grappling.
Today, Jujitsu is practiced in various forms and styles worldwide, ranging from traditional Japanese Jujitsu schools to modern adaptations like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The art continues to evolve, with practitioners incorporating diverse influences and training methodologies.