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The philosophy of Jitsu

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The philosophy of Jitsu is to be able to defend against any style of attack, in any situation, choosing a response that suits the circumstances.

Strength isn't necessary since Jitsu relies on knowing the vulnerable areas of opponents' bodies and on using their strength and energy against them.

Flexible response
Rather than punch someone for grabbing your wrist (they might just want to look at your watch to find out the time), it's far better just to release your wrist from the hold then find out what they wanted.

However, if someone attacks you with a knife, you don't only want to know how to duck — they'll just attack you again and might get lucky the second time. In this situation, you'll need to know how to disarm your attacker and stop him or her from attacking you again. And then, you can pin the attacker until the police arrive, using one of the locks and restraints Jitsu teaches.

Jitsu offers a range of techniques that allow a response varying from gentle but firm dissuasion to inflicting serious injury.

Practical techniques
Jitsu places the emphasis on practical techniques. High kicks involving leaping might look good, but if you're wearing normal clothing, you're in a pub or standing on a slippery surface, chances are you'll end up falling over. That's why we prefer to pick targets below waist height for kicks.

We also don't teach breaking techniques - bricks and boards don't move or fight back and why learn how to punch and kick hard enough to break wood when a relatively gentle strike, aimed at a vulnerable area, will cause as much or even more damage?

Jitsu always considers real-world situations in its techniques, thus making it a practical self-defence as well as a martial art.

This approach gives Jitsu an individual training style. Many of our techniques can be painful or dangerous if applied for real, particularly if the recipient is untrained. As a result, Jitsu practice is co-operative. Rather than sparring, in which two martial artists face off and try to beat the other, Jitsuka allow their partners to apply techniques to them, confident that full power and speed won't be used and injure them.

Jitsu teaches open-mindedness. It teaches you compassion towards your training partners and other people. It also teaches you how to defend yourself with the necessary force against attackers.