For many centuries the Japanese military elite; the Bushi, practiced the ancillary art of Jujutsu alongside their primary Arts of Kenjutsu(sword), Sojutsu (spear)and Naganata Jutsu (halberd). Jututsu predominantly revolves around empty hand, or weaponless techniques, and utilises an opponent`s own strength against themselves. The skilled Bushi by necessity had to be able to defend themselves in any confrontation no matter the combination of weapons involved; this could have even included empty hand Vs weapons. It must also be emphasised that true Jujutsu is not only a means of thwarting an adversary in the most efficient way possible but an art; an art where perfected is strived for through lifelong study and self improvement.
Jujutsu within the TBCI continues this tradition and is consequently a comprehensive and multi-faceted art. Its syllabus comprises of methods of offence and defence includes throws, joint locks, strikes and strangulation to name but a few. The empty hand curriculum is augmented with defences from weapons that are then utilised in defence and attack.
Jujutsu is a "mother art" that has constantly evolved throughout its history, it has two daughters, that it shares many similarities with, these are Judo and Aikido. Although these three arts possess a significant connection including a considerable number of shared techniques, to the experienced eye, the difference between them is profound. Jujutsu is not a way of harmony, nor is it a way of flexibility. It is a way of war, it has no rules, no Queensbury governing body, and its purpose was to defeat at all costs.
Centuries later Jujutsu is part of antiquity and its fundamental purpose should have no place in a modern civilized world. The techniques in all classical disciplines had to be practiced relentlessly if they were to be effective on the battlefield and consequently all training was holistic and strived toward perfection of body and mind. This was because, only through this conduit, could winning techniques be consistently achieved. In the modern-day context perfection of body and mind is the end goal, the ideal to be strived for, and not an interim step to destruction of others.
Sensei Rick Roberts Shichidan Kyoshi
Jujutsu is not a way of harmony, nor is it a way of flexibility. It is a way of war, it has no rules.
©Tokushima Budo Council International 2008