Author: Tomislav Šulj
Translated and adapted by Michael Durgo
Jiu Jitsu is a defensive martial art, one of many ancient martial arts perfected by Japanese samurais in their closed, esoteric schools. The samurais actually borrowed the martial art from the Chinese and then developed and adapted, over the centuries, the inherent brutality and ruthlessness of that particular style of fighting to their own values and martial requirements. ”Ju Jutsu” (soft skill or gentle skill) is the original name for the Japanese styles of martial arts. What is today known as Jiu Jitsu encompasses a number of different varieties of techniques, some of them recognized as sports. It is safe to say that the most famous of these is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But, the original skill was strictly military in character and had no connection to sporting competitions, or whatever passed as such in different locales and time periods. It included both offensive and defensive techniques of combat.