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The history of Jitsu

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SamuraiJiu Jitsu, meaning gentle art, was devised by Japan's samurai as a development of their fighting system for unarmed combat. Never having only one founder, more than 700 Jiu Jitsu styles appeared at one time.

Riukiu Myura, chief unarmed combat instructor at the Tokyo police academy, founded Shorinji Kempo Jiu Jitsu by combining various styles of jiu jitsu with Shorinji Kempo, a martial art based on the teachings of China's Shaolin monks.

The style was taken to Australia and from there to England by the late Brian Graham, where he renamed the style Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu.

It spread rapidly and there are now over 90 clubs in the UK with more in other countries. These are run under the guidance of The Jitsu Foundation. For a more complete history, please read the Wikipedia article on the Foundation.