The principle of softness in the martial arts, also known as gentleness or suppleness is often talked about and practiced. However the idea of violent action being countered with softness seems counter intuitive to the purpose of the martial arts. Within the Japanese martial arts “Ju” or gentleness is a large factor and lies at the…

People learn martial arts for a lot of different reasons; some for fitness, some for sport, some for pure enjoyment, but many learn them for self-defence. For the confidence that only years of training can bestow in a person. Martial arts make the body strong and the mind quick. Deadly quick. That’s why they are…

Kuzushi or breaking an opponent’s balance is probably one of the most important aspects of Ju Jitsu. We see its importance in almost every technique, whether it is a throw, lock or, strike. So why is Kuzushi so important? Why does it need to be used so much to make Ju Jitsu work? Kuzushi: Breakdown…

JuJitsu comprises many different facets of fighting such as locks, throws and groundwork. However atemi or striking is an aspect that seems to have been forgotten by many of JuJitsu’s descendant arts. Why is this? Why do these styles no longer make use of atemi and can it be incorporated now? Before we get any further I…