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Transitioning from Judo to Jujitsu

Transitioning from Judo to Jujitsu

TRANSITIONING FROM JUDO TO JUJITSU You’ve been an active judoka and now you want to learn jujitsu. It’s easy, right? After all, judo came from jujitsu, so how hard can it be? It turns out that in certain ways it is an easy transition, but in other ways, your sport...

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Selecting A Jujitsu Dojo by Hal Zeidman

Selecting A Jujitsu Dojo by Hal Zeidman

Why have an article about selecting a jujitsu dojo in a magazine read by experienced martial artists, judoka no less?  The answer is that there tends to be a greater variety of both jujitsu schools and reasons for studying jujitsu.  It’s important to select a school...

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Kuzushi? What’s That and Why Do I Care?  by Hal Zeidman

Kuzushi? What’s That and Why Do I Care? by Hal Zeidman

"I'm now going to teach you the secret of all martial arts" my sensei said to me. I was relieved; I'd just spent three times per week for the last six weeks learning and practicing my falls and at last I was going to learn "the good stuff." My sensei then taught me...

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Jujitsu: An Art and Science by Ben Bergwerf

Jujitsu: An Art and Science by Ben Bergwerf

Jujitsu, the gentle/yielding art, often has been misunderstood as purely a method of self-defense.  Though effective for self-defense, it is much more.  The “ju” of jujitsu has deeper meaning in Japanese than simply gentle/yielding/soft.  It is the ability to utilize...

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Jujitsu Instruction by David Parritt

Jujitsu Instruction by David Parritt

Student Behavior: Students must be courteous at all times, refraining from profanity.  This is part of your mental and physical discipline.  Practice cooperatively.  Competition breaks down our family atmosphere.  To improve at falling, take falls.  Respect uki by...

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Jujitsu Training Objectives by Ben Bergwerf

Jujitsu Training Objectives by Ben Bergwerf

Just as people commit to learning a profession, the serious jujitsuka needs to commit to the art of jujitsu. You cannot learn jujitsu in a few months. The best you can hope for is mastering a few selected mechanical tricks. You cannot learn jujitsu from books,...

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Combat Judo by Ben Bergwerf

Combat Judo by Ben Bergwerf

American Combat Judo was named by Bernard Cosneck originally for the Coast Guard during WWII and was specifically designed as a self-defense/offensive method for military personnel.  Focusing on rapid disposal of attackers, Combat Judo, unlike Law Enforcement...

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Basic Principles of Midori Ryu Jujitsu by Hal Zeidman

Basic Principles of Midori Ryu Jujitsu by Hal Zeidman

Midori Ryu jujitsu is a system built around principles rather than techniques. The student learns to understand techniques by emphasizing their underlying principles. Principle Number One: Use the assailant’s kuzushi. When the assailant attacks, the attack has both...

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