What is Fudoshin Jujitsu?


Ju-jitsu, jiu jitsu, ju jutsu or jujitsu  is the unarmed and small weapon combat system developed by the Samurai in Feudal Japan. If you lost your weapons on the battlefield it was your last ditch attempt at survival against armed and armoured aggressors trying to kill you.

Art of softness

Ju-jitsu means ‘The art (or science) of softness.’ When fighting someone in armour the most efficient way of neutralizing them is via a system of targeted strikes, joint locks, throws and holds.

The aim is to use your opponents own energy, strength and weight against them by redirecting attacks rather than opposing force directly with force.

As armour became redundant, due to the use of firearms, traditional ju-jitsu schools started to incorporate more and more striking techniques in to their teachings.

Modern day

Ju-jitsu is the precursor martial art of many modern martial arts and sports including Aikido, Judo, Sambo and Brazillian Jujitsu. Many of the techniques used in the Israeli Defence Force Combat system Krav Maga will also appear familiar to a practitioner of Ju-jitsu.

Fudoshin Jujitsu

Fudoshin Ju-jitsu, as founded in 1968, has assimilated the traditional teachings of Jujitsu from the Tenjin Shinyo-ryu school in Japan.

The techniques taught can be applied to modern day self defence equally as well as they historically were utilised against an armed and armoured warrior on the battlefield.

Fudoshin Ju-jitsu as a system has incorporated large aspects of karate and applied kick boxing into its syllabus along with retaining the traditional locking and throwing techniques.

In keeping with its roots Fudoshin Jujitsu teaches self-defence against both armed and unarmed attackers.


The British Fudoshin Association system of martial arts also incorporates the teaching of 12 traditional Japanese weapons. These are taught alongside Jujitsu but can also be learnt as standalone weapons. By learning the use of weapons you can better learn how to defend against them.


Students, both children and adults, will derive many benefits and develop an improved level of fitness, improved focus and concentration, acquire a personal safety awareness and learn practical self defence techniques which can be applied to any situation. Most importantly you’ll have fun!

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