Jujitsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armoured opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon.
The word jujutsu can be spelled as ju-jitsu/jujitsu, jujutsu.
“Jū” can be translated to mean “gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding. “Jutsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique” and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force.
Jujutsu developed among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armoured opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon.
Because striking against an armoured opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws.
These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.