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To a person not conversant with this art Jujitsu may be considered as a foul or derogatory term in Japanese However Jujitsu us one of the most effective and deadly forms of martial arts taught today Unique among other forms of combat Jujitsu holds the position of a parent art of from which other forms of martial arts such as Aikido Judo and several Karate styles were extracted Jujitsu is a combination of all levels of combat It incorporates chokes striking grappling nerve and pressure point attacks joint locks redirection of momentum and throws The exact origins of Jujitsu are unclear as most of its history was passed on in the oral tradition The few early written references show that its origins date back to Japanese mythology where it is said that the gods Kajima and Kadori used Jujitsu to discipline the lawless and wild inhabitants of the Eastern provinces Therefore by definition the art is nearly 2000 years old however records do exist which show that the art was being practiced as far back as the 8th Century over twelve hundred years ago Jujitsu was formalised and most popular during the Edo period of Japan This was the era of the Samurai Jujitsu was the Samurais main set of combat techniques after the sword Jujitsu was a part of the Samurais fighting skills something he could use when he was unable to use his favourite weapon There are many different styles of Jujitsu that exist around the world and many different ways to actually spell the name The original spelling derived directly from the Japanese was Jujitsu As the popularity and practice of this martial art spread across Europe the spelling and pronunciation was forced to change This occurred during World War II when the name Jujitsu had to be changed to Jiu-jitsu pronounced Jeeu-jitsu This name-change occurred because the Germans occupying the area at the time claimed that the name
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