About Jiu Jitsu
Jitsu is a martial art based on the traditional styles of Jiu Jitsu that originated and developed in medieval Japan. Jiu Jitsu techniques include kicking, striking, kneeing, throwing, choking, joint locking and holding, as well as use of certain weapons. Most systems emphasised only one or two major techniques. Jiu Jitsu was always a secondary method of combat to the warrior, since he relied so heavily on his sword.
Nowadays, the core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks and strikes, taught in a self-defence context geared towards dealing with the kinds of attacks one can reasonably expect in modern society. Based on the principal of using an aggressor's energy to their own disadvantage, Jitsu skills can be used by men, women and children to counter aggressive situations ranging from unwanted harassment to armed physical assault. Regular training can help to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and posture. Moreover, most people find over time that Jitsu improves their self-esteem and self-confidence with advanced training levels being highly challenging and fostering exceptional levels of physical and mental control.
The Vienna International Jiu Jitsu Club is part of the Jitsu Foundation, based in the UK, which has over a hundred clubs across the world, teaching the modern and unique Shorinji Kan system of Jiu Jitsu. This style places a particularly strong emphasis on self defence, as students not only learn effective techniques, but also how to use them against a series of realistic attacks, ensuring that they are fully confident not just in the technique itself but also in its application.