“Jiu means gentle or to give way, Jitsu, an art or practice, and Do, way or principle, so that Jiu-jitsu means an art or practice of gentleness or of giving way in order to ultimately gain the victory; while Judo means the way or principle of the same.”
– Jigoro Kano
“Jiu-jitsu” translates from the Japanese as “the gentle art.” Practitioners can execute moves realistically and at full speed without having to worry they will injure their partner. If caught in a submission, all the partner need do is tap the submitter’s body to signify capitulation, and the submitter will release the submission.
Both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu emphasise the use of science over strength and aggression. This results in greater control, and allows the intensity to be varied to a level appropriate to the situation. But this is not the only reason why Jiu Jitsu is the gentle art. Although reality-based martial arts that include sparring will never be completely gentle, much of the appeal of Jiu Jitsu is centred around it being substantially less violent and injurious than other forms of combat or martial arts.
The techniques of Jiu Jitsu are geared towards incapacitating another person in the most effective and efficient way possible, yet Jiu Jitsu can still be a very pleasurable activity, and gentle enough to train on a regular basis for the rest of one’s life.
Five Reasons Why Jiu Jitsu is The Gentle Art
- Jiu Jitsu is based on using skill over strength
- Jiu Jitsu is less violent than the striking arts
- Jiu Jitsu promotes longevity
- Gentleman rules
- Jiu Jitsu decreases stress and anger
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