What is Ju-Jitsu?

Ju-jitsu is a style of fighting which originates from ancient Japan. It concentrates on using the attackers anatomy against himself, and as such is easily accessible to students of any age, size and sex. Ju-jitsu translates as ‘compliant technique‘ and relies heavily on redirecting an opponents force, unbalancing them and locking their joints. It is a particular self-defence favourite amongst women as it can be executed with devasting result with only the minimal amount of strength required. Ju-jitsu uses many techniques which, when learned, can be performed in any order depending on the situation. These include:

  • Grappling: Grabs, Locks, Joint Manipulation, Holds etc
  • Escapes: Holds, Headlocks, Strangles, Multiple Attackers etc
  • Strikes: Punches, Kicks, Elbows, Knees etc
  • Throws
  • Controlling and Restraining
  • ‘Finishing’ techniques

The Benefits of Ju-jitsu

  1. Vastly improves fitness, both cardiovascular and strength
  2. Improves self-confidence throughout every aspect of your life
  3. An invaluable and highly effective self-defence system.
  4. Improves co-ordination and balance
  5. Teaches self-discipline and better judgement of situations and people.
  6. A great social circle of students and teachers internationally!
  7. Recognised as a key skill in many careers e.g. Close Protection, Police, Armed Forces, etc.

Teaching System

Karma Ju-jitsu is a member of the World Ju-jitsu Federation (WJJF), a recognised international governing body. We teach and study the official WJJF syllabus which uses coloured belts to allow the Sensei (teacher) to know at a glance how much a student knows and what area he needs to train in. It takes around 4+ years to complete basic training and be awarded a black belt. After this, there are more black belts (known as Dans) which can be awarded, and students often help teaching at the dojo too. The belt system goes like this, from red to brown, then black:

Karma JuJitsu and WJJF Belt System

Ju-jitsu is a martial art which is ungoverned by fighting ‘rules’. The WJJF syllabus is taught for the purpose of progressing through the belts and ensuring each student understands the fundamental techniques, but Ju-jitsu is so versatile that it quickly becomes apparent the sheer scope of variations available. As a combat style, Ju-jitsu is deadly and there are no attempts to ‘dumb-down’ how effective it can be. Our federation has taught Ju-jitsu to some of the most respected fighting forces in the world, such as members of the Israeli army, Russian army, Italian Police Force etc. and Ju-jiitsu has developed stylistic variations along the way such as the famous Brazilian Ju-jitsu which concentrates on ground fighting and grappling. If you watch the Ultimate Fighting Championships on TV, you will notice many of the best fighters have a background based in Ju-jitsu. An entire style of competition grappling, Judo, has developed from Ju-jitsu which make it safe to fight within strict rules. The existance of Judo means Ju-jitsu can retain its extreme effectiveness as a self-defense without having to incorporate restrictions.

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Techniques in Ju-jitsu often encourage the fighter to quickly close the distance between themself and the opponent. Once up-close and personal, standard punches and kicks become very difficult to use. This is usually were the Ju-jitsuka prefers to fight; available in this vulnerable situation are countless techniques such as locks, close-strikes such as elbows and knees, nerve/pressure points (atemi), chokes, and as pictured above, throws. (Note how the thrower almost tries to occupy the same space as the student to better control his centre of gravity.)


Ju-jitsu is extremely easy to incorporate into cross-training too – that is studying multiple fighting styles. It is a great compliment to striking arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muy Thai etc. as it will open your eyes up to the devestating options available once an attacker gets inside your defence or if the fight goes to the ground. It is also a very easy cross-training style to incorporate with grappling arts such as Aikido, Hanmudo, Wrestling etc. If you already enjoy the up-close and personal way of fighting, you will share some of the core techniques and should be able to quickly expand your own individual style.