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Spelling of Jujutsu, Jiu Jitsu or Jujitsu and Its Implications

There seems to be some confusion over the spelling of jujutsu. Let me clarify. Traditional, or traditionally-based Japanese combat systems stressing defense and offense spell it as jujutsu. Traditional systems are not competitive sports but martial arts whose focus is combat and self defense. And, of course, they have no rules the way sports do.

Systems that spell it as jiu jitsu, ju jitsu or jujitsu are mostly Western modern sports whose primary focus is competition. Since they are governed by rules, about 60-70% of the skills and techniques taught in traditional systems are eliminated or removed because they are illegal in competition. As a result, the combat techniques that originally defined these arts are no longer practiced and are eventually lost. Thus, such sport systems should not be viewed as martial arts but as martial sports. That is, they should be viewed as arts that may have evolved from traditional systems but have been significantly modified to be played as competitive sports (with rules).

There are two or three traditionally-based systems out there that use the term jujitsu or ju jitsu but these have been developed by Westerners who adapted the spelling to match the way they thought jujutsu sounds when pronounced in English. What they seem to ignore, or are unaware of, is the fact that in Romaji (the Romanization of the Japanese Language)jiu means aboslutely nothing in English and jitsu is the term for reality or truth. Jutsu does in fact mean art or craft and that is the correct term we use for jujutsu, kenjutsu, taijutsu, jojutsu and a host of other traditional Japanaese martial arts.

Henshall in "A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters" (Tokyo, Tuttle, 1988), and Hepburn in "The Romanization of the Japanese Language" (1887) (the modern revised version is called Shu-sei Hebon-shiki Ro-maji) are quite clear about the meaning of the terms jitsu and jutsu but most Western practitioners seem to be unfamiliar with their work despite the fact that their position is also endorsed by the Japanese Government. Further, it is important to note that jujutsu is the term used by the Kodokan, by Aikido (as in Aikijutsu), by Kenjutsu, Taijutsu and a whole host of other traditional, or traditionally-based Japanese systems.

What is clear is that if you run across the term jujutsu you can be very sure that it is a traditional/traditionally-based martial art whose emphasis is on combat/self defense. Systems that use the terms jujitsu, ju jitsu or jiu jitsu reflect a Western emphasis and are often disconnected from their traditional Japanese roots (despite the fact that on occasion they may attempt to employ Japanese terminology). And, they view their arts primarily as sports and not as combat arts.

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1. Classical Jujutsu I (Beginning/Intermediate)

PE class for 2 credits (PENP 193.013, CRN= 39233) offered every FALL by Physical Education Program (PENP) at UNM. Class meets on Tues/Thurs from 4-5.45pm in Johnson Center (Auxiliary Gym). Open to both male and female students; no prior experience necessary. Intermediate level students also encouraged to sign up. Occasional guests welcome. Uniform (gi) REQUIRED of ALL students. See instructor for details. CAP=45

2. Classical Jujutsu II (Intermediate/Advanced)

PE class for 2 credits offered every SPRING by Physical Education Program (PENP) at UNM. Class meets Tues\Thurs from 4-5.45p in Johnson Center (Auxiliary Gym). Open to both male and female students with prior experience in a classically-based jujutsu or taijutsu system. Holders of a brown belt in judo, aikido or hapkido may also sign up. Non-student jujutsu black belts may participate as occasional guests. CAP =35

Additional Workouts at SANDIA BUDOKAN

About Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu at UNM

  • Professor Yiannakis founded Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu, a classically based martial art, at the University of Connecticut in 1982-83. Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu is a holistic, comprehensive system of unarmed combat and self defense and due to its battlefield origins may be described as the original integrated "mixed" martial art. The system has a basis, in form and philosophy, in Koryu Bujutsu (classical martial arts) but as an evolved system it may be best described as a modern martial art that adheres strictly to its classical moorings. Unlike most classical, or classically-based systems in which free sparring plays a minimal role, Wa Shin Ryu stresses the development of effective combative skills by training students in live sparring situations (randori) in distance, close quarter and ground fighting contexts. Such forms of training develop sustained focused concentration, superior coordination and timing and create for students a high degree of realism that set routines and repetition training alone (a central feature of most classical systems) cannot provide. However, the purpose of such intensive training is not to make students violent. The goal is to empower them so that they may walk away with confidence, if that is deemed the appropriate response at the time.

    An effective martial artist is an empowered individual. And an empowered individual has the confidence to make choices and decide whether to engage in violence, or to contain/defuse a situation by other means. Thus, in the modern world an empowered martial artist is a type of person who, by having many options can make the choice to avoid/prevent violence, or when the situation demands can save himself/herself and others. The unempowered individual has no such options or choices!

    In developing the system the Founder integrated the traditions of the old, with the best of the new, to form a budo system that serves: (1) As a personal discipline, (2) as a way of life, (3) as an effective combative/self defense system, (4) as a pathway to empowerment, and (5) as a path to self actualization (the ultimate goal of the system) in the physical, psychological and spiritual domains.

    The class/club includes both male and female students and occasional guest participation is encouraged. Our workouts for Beginning/Intermediate (Fall) and Intermediate/Advanced students (for 2 credits) (Spring) are on Tues/Thurs 4.00 - 5.45pm (in Auxiliary Gym, Johnson Center). We also hold Intermediate/Advanced workouts (non-credit) on Mon/Wed, 7.15-9.15pm and on Sats 1.30-3.15pm at Sandia Budokan (Silver and Yale SE, one block south of UNM). Monthly fee for students is $44 or a Pay-As-You-Go plan for $6 per workout.

    Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu is also taught at the University of Connecticut and at Eastern Connecticut State University.

    Head Instructor, Founder And Current Soke of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

    Dr. Andrew Yiannakis is the Founder (Ryuso) and current Headmaster (Soke) of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu. He also holds a 7th Dan in Jujutsu (USJJF, AJA and ATJA) and a 6th Dan in Traditional Kodokan Judo (USJJF). Former student of Dr. Sachio Ashida sensei (9th Dan, Kodokan); studied at various clubs in England and at the Renshuden in London, and at clubs in San Jose, Los Angeles, Chapel Hill, Brockport and Albuquerque. He was also a former collegiate judo competitor in England and the USA, and the winner of the 1975 Cornell University Invitational. Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu is officially recognized by the USJJF, the AJA, the ATJA, and the Institute of Traditional Martial Arts at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Yiannakis is the highest ranking certified traditional jujutsu Master Instructor/Examiner in the Southwest. It is also important to note that as the Founder, Dr. Yiannakis holds NO rank in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu.

    Master Instructor/Examiner

     

    WSR Advisory Council

    Certification and Insurance Requirements in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

    The System of Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu and Teaching Licenses

    What Is Traditional Jujutsu?

    Policies & Procedures for Sandia Budokan

    Press Coverage, News and Information

    Essays/Articles/Dictionaries

    Black Belt Holders/Licensed Instructors in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu

    Brown Belt Holders at UNM

    Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu Club Officers

    Photo Gallery

    Some Former Students

    Free Reference Lists (see MARTIAL ARTS (#6, #27)

    Wa Shin Ryu Clubs and Affiliates

    Links To Important Martial Arts Sites

    Equipment Suppliers

    Prof. Yiannakis - Other Activities/Research/Info

    IN MEMORIAM

    NOTE: Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu is recognized by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF), the American Jujitsu Association (AJA), the American Traditional Jujutsu Association, and the Institute of Traditional Martial Arts at the University of New Mexico

    SEMINARS/DEMONSTRATIONS: We put on demonstrations and give clinics and workshops for law enforcement, the military and security agencies. We also specialize in teaching Power Takedowns and Transitioning Techniques for fighters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Call Dr. Andrew Yiannakis for information (864-650-4816) or drop us a line at: ayiann@unm.edu

    You can reach us at: ayiann@unm.edu