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Spelling of Jujutsu, Jiu Jitsu or Jujitsu and Its Implications
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.
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
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
Black Belt Holders/Licensed Instructors in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu
Brown Belt Holders at UNM
Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu Club Officers
Some Former Students
Free Reference Lists (see MARTIAL ARTS (#6, #27)
Wa Shin Ryu Clubs and Affiliates
Links To Important Martial Arts Sites
Prof. Yiannakis - Other Activities/Research/Info
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: email@example.com