Jiu Jitsu originated over 2500 years ago when Buddhist monks were frequently raided and were not allowed to use weapons because of their religion. Out of this need for protection, they developed a form of self-defence based on the study of animal movements and leverage that enabled a much weaker individual to defeat a stronger, heavier one.
Soon this form of fighting reached Japan via Asia, where it was adopted by the samurai, excellent warriors whose task was to defend their masters with their own lives if necessary.
The word Jiu Jitsu means "gentle art" because of its principle of yielding to win by using the opponent's weight and strength against oneself, creating leverage that enables a person to move a much stronger and heavier opponent.
This guiding principle is to use mental and physical energy as efficiently as possible.
With the right technique, even a child can defeat a stronger opponent. Jiu Jitsu practice offers several benefits to students, such as increased flexibility, weight loss, physical strength, increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
The move used to throw the attacker off balance and then attack him in his weakened stance.
Balance to keep the movements under control in order to reach a position with ease in order to use one's leverage skilfully.
The leverage used to increase the power of the movement and enable a person to attack with efficiency.