What is jujutsu?

Jujutsu (柔術 ), - unfortunately commonly called jujitsu or jiu-jitsu in the English speaking world, is a Japanese martial art that focuses on unarmed combat and self-defense techniques. The term "jujutsu" can be translated as "gentle art" or "yielding art," indicating the principle of using an opponent's force against them rather than relying solely on one's own strength. Jujutsu encompasses a wide range of techniques, including joint locks, throws, strikes, and grappling. 

As with other types of martial arts, each school has their own approach to their jujutsu as the purpose and historical or situational context may differ. Jujutsu has a long history with roots in samurai and non-samurai combat and  fighting traditions.