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FAQ

What is Ju Jitsu?

Ju Jitsu is an ancient martial art perfected by the Samurai used for victory on the battlefield. In its modern day form it is ideal for self defence. Ju Jitsu works by turning an attacker's own force against them. We use leverage, pressure points and off balance techniques to easily vanquish larger stronger opponents. It is therefore ideal for women and children. Anyone can learn Ju Jitsu, any fitness level, any body shape. We teach anti bullying and stranger danger techniques that give students the best chance of surviving an adverse encounter defence.  Students always achieve increased confidence, fitness & self discipline through Ju-Jitsu. Ju jitsu will cultivate a person's mind, body and spirit. We teach safety, discipline and respect for self, others and community as core to our art. Ju Jitsu is taught to most of the worlds police forces and armies however it is also the ultimate tool for non violent resistance and peaceful resolution. Ju Jitsu practitioners are experts in weapons and defence against weapons. Ju jitsu is not a sport.

What is the difference between Ju Jitsu and Jui Jitsu?

Nothing!  Ju Jitsu is exactly the same as Jui Jitsu.  The western spelling has no direct translation so it is spelled many ways including, Ju jitsu, jui jitsu, jujutsu, Jujitsu, juijitsu, jujutsu, Ju-jitsu, jui-jitsu and ju-jutsu.   Its all exactly the same. 

Brazillian Jui Jitsu is regularly spelled with the 'Jui' and the odd lazy or confused MMA commentator will incorrectly refer to BJJ as Jui Jitsu or juijitsu. 

Do I need special clothing or a suit (Gi) to start Ju Jitsu?

No for the first few lessons the student will learn some basic techniques called 'break falls' and may just wear longer than knee length shorts or track suit pants and a loose fitting t-shirt (dot wear expensive clothes). However if the student chooses to continue learning Ju Jitsu, it will not be long before they will require a training suit ('Gi') and these are available for purchase from the club.

What happens at the first lesson?

You will be taken aside with other beginners and a club instructor will teach you how to fall down safely from being thrown. These techniques are called 'break falls' and you must be competent in performing these to the satisfaction of your instructor before learning any Ju Jitsu throws. Most students reach a satisfactory level after 1 or 2 sessions depending on age and fitness level. You will also learn the basics of balance and positioning.

Do I have to fight in a tournament?

No, Ju Jitsu is all about self defence, although once you have developed your skills you may like to try them out.  Ju Jitsu does not run 'Ju Jitsu' competitions. Ju Jitsu is too dangerous and is not a game. Our club does compete in Karate, Judo and Submission Grappling competitions (BJJ) run by sporting organisations that we have associations with.  They are designed to give all our members the experience of competition in a fun, non pressured way.  Unlike sporting martial arts, competition experience is not a factor when grading.

Will I be expected to 'Grade'?

The grading system uses coloured belts to define the knowledge and experience of a student. Go Rin Pou uses a curriculum to assess the skills and knowledge of students. you will need an approved club uniform to grade and your instructors permission.

How often are Gradings held and what do I need to do to pass one?

You will be graded when you are ready. Your instructor will rehearse the grading with you several times to ensure you will pass. A typical student will grade 1 to 3 times a year however it is completely at your pace. Students have taken 'years' before taking a grading exam. Ju Jitsu is a comprehensive martial art covering joint locks, pressure points, immobilization, throws, holds, arrests, kicks, punches, counter, blocks, ground techniques, evasion, multiple attacker defenses, defence against weapons, use of weapons, resuscitation techniques, meditation techniques and much much more. It takes about 15 years to grade to shodan (blackbelt). 

Is Ju Jitsu a Sport?

 Ju Jitsu is not a sport, it is a martial art. It's primary intention is to teach people the principles respect (to others, as well as oneself), self confidence, self control and self defence. This is not to say that Ju Jitsuka (practitioner of Ju Jitsu) cannot participate in competitions. Because Karate, Judo and Brazillion Ju(i) Jitsu were all derived from Ju Jitsu, we often participate in competitions hosted by these martial arts or other sporting organisations.

How is it spelled?  What is the significance of the different spellings?

The term JuJutsu is a romanisation of the Japanese term meaning Science of Yielding / Gentleness. As the Japanese use two alphabets, made of two different sets of symbols (Kanji and Katakana), the romanised version of the word (using the alphabet we use in the western world) cannot completely reflect how to spell the word. There is agreement that the first syllable is "Ju", pronounced "Joo", or "Jyoo" depending on where in Japan you come from. This is why in various parts of the world – the romanised spelling is either "Ju" or "Jiu". The second set of syllables is pronounced either "joots" or "jits" in some areas of Japan – or – "joots" with a barely audible "uh" sound at the end in other areas. Thus the spelling "jutsu" or "jitsu". That last "u" reflects that gutteral "uh" at the end of the word. Those who attempt to correct another in the spelling of the term in the western alphabet do so incorrectly. There is no correct spelling in our alphabet. We must all simply accept the fact that the Japanese sounds are best reflected in the alphabet created to reflect those sounds. So JuJutsu, Ju-Jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu, is the same.

Thanks to Sam Koch  www.aussiejujitsu.wetpaint.com/page/History+of+Jujistu

If I learn Ju Jitsu, will I be a Samurai 

 

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Is Ju Jitsu a religion?

 

Why all of the bowing and ritual?

 As with most martial arts, Ju Jitsu has a rather extensive heritage that we (as instructors and students) honour and continue by following the traditions and rituals that have developed from this heritage. Bowing itself is most often used as a sign of respect (to an instructor, another student or the dojo [training hall] itself) or as a thank you/acceptance.  

What is the difference between Ju Jitsu and Brazillian Ju Jitsu?

 

What is a Ryu?  

 

The masters of Ju jitsu named their school by using various terms to differentiate between their Ju jitsu Ryu. These names came about by one of two ways. Either the techniques practised were of Chinese origin or the school simply gave the kanji or Japanese pronunciation of the synonymous Chinese calligraphy i.e. Ch'an-fa becomes Kempo. The second way was that a pure Japanese school would adopt a specific word, which would best illustrate the concept that lay behind his style of Yawara and how his would be used. 

 

 

What is Go Rin Pou?

The Japanese characters for Go Rin Pou tell a story beyond the name

?   Go         5

?   Rin        element  / ring 

?   Pou       style / attitude / spirit 

The name is derived from Musashi's book Go Rin No Sho, The Book of Five Rings where this master of martial arts describes his style from 5 perspectives.

 

Who is Mushashi?

It's actually spelled Musashi. He was a Samurai turned Ronin and wandered Japan challenging so called experts. Legend has it that he killed most of them with a stick even though these so called expert swordsman had razor sharp Katana as their weapon.  In his later more mellow years he wrote a book Go Rin No Sho. The Book of Five Rings where this master of martial arts describes his style from 5 perspectives. Some say he is not a very good author and the book has been translated many times to try to unlock its secrets.   I think the secret is very plain. If you go around big noting yourself and calling yourself "the best" at something, eventually someone with a stick will come along and kill you. If you are an expert, be humble and keep learning.

 

 

What are the five elements?

 Fire

Water

Wind

Earth

Void

 

find out more here - http://www.gorinpou.com.au/joomla/index.php/articles/75-go-rin-no-sho

 

Is Brazilian Jui jitsu more effective than traditional Ju Jitsu ( TJJ) ?

BJJ is a sport. Real Ju Jitsu is a self defence art and in its pure form, a battle field combat system.  It is very hard to compare them. Fighters highly trained in BJJ will have some advantages in sport like Judo or MMA / UFC but might not fare as well in the street up against multiple attackers or weapons.  Most Ju Jitsu dojos practice ne waza but it is about 5% to 10 % of what we do. Grappling is an important skill but when it is life an death there are other more important skill in play which BJJ does not focus on.  

I have been asked many times "who would win between a BJJ and a Ju Jitsu fighter?"  My answer is always, " who would win What?"