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Nihon Jujutsu, Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ, Gracie Jujitsu)! What does it all mean?

Jûjutsu, which generally refers to systems of unarmed combative techniques, is one of the oldest branches of Japanese martial arts. Images of fighters using jûjutsu techniques can be found in a variety of early historical records.

Nihon Jujutsu is a modern Japanese martial art that focuses on practical, efficient techniques as originally found in both ancient and contemporary martial arts. Its principles and techniques come from Japanese unarmed combat and self-defense techniques from pre-1945 judo and aiki-bujutsu, as well as taihojutsu (Japanese police immobilization and arresting methods). The founder of Nihon Jujutsu, Sato Shizuya, established this system based on his extensive studies with leading Japanese budoka (traditional martial artists), many of whom introduced ancient bujutsu methods into modern budo. 

Despite its name, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was originally based on the techniques of Kodokan Judo, a system created by Kano Jigoro. A student of Kano Sensei, Esai Maeda, later known as Conde Koma, visited Brazil, and his instruction formed the basis of today’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Learn more about the similarities and differences between Nihon Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiujitsu techniques and overall dojo environment are here!




Safe, Systematic, Supportive

Your coworker trains in karate. Your neighbor trains in judo.  Your cousin on the west coast goes on and on (and on) about jujutsu!  “Maybe I should try this jujutsu,” you think.  There are so many search results for jujutsu, it’s hard to know where to begin!   Choosing the right martial art style and the right dojo can be overwhelming.  You can simplify it by asking three questions: 

Is it safe?
Is it systematic?
Is it supportive?




Foundations and Evolutions of Tomiki Aikido

"I'm having difficulty with the throw portion of this jujutsu technique that I'm learning," you remark to a friend whose primary art is judo. You walk through the movements and your friend comments, "That's a cool technique! Let's work on the throw and then integrate it into the overall technique, if you don't mind showing me." 

That kind of work could be a game changer!

Most of us miss out on the benefits of training in other martial arts because we think we don't have the time to commit to more than one.  If only we had the opportunity to participate in world class instruction without the cost associated with overseas seminars.  Focused, expert instruction in complementary techniques offers us the potential to raise our game!

To fully understand the common skillsets shared by judo, jujutsu, aikido, look no further than their evolution from their common ancestor - ancient jujitsu. Read more!  


The Missing Link

“I train several times a week, but continue to feel slow, tight, and mechanical during randori, or free practice.” Welcome to the club! Many of us feel this way more often than not when faced with real-time application.

Fortunately for us, Tomiki Sensei created Randori no Kata, a framework of 17 techniques (waza) that are deemed appropriate for randori (free form practice).  The techniques are categorized in 4 categories:

Atemi Waza – Striking (Attacking) Techniques
Hiji Waza - Elbow Techniques
Tekubi Waza – Wrist Techniques
Uki Waza – Floating Techniques