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Judo has its roots in ju-jitsu, which goes back many centuries in Japanese history when it was a brutal and often lethal method of self-defence and unarmed combat. Judo was established as a modern physical activity when in 1882; Professor Jigoro Kano founded his Kodokan Judo. The first Judo school to open in Europe - the Budokwai which still operates today - was founded in 1918 by Gunji Koizumi who became known later as "The Father of British Judo". There are now nearly 1,000 Judo clubs registered with the British Judo Association in the United Kingdom. It is an Olympic sport and an art form. Kano said: 'Judo is a teaching for life itself and with it we learn to overcome the pitfalls and obstacles of everyday living'.
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u-Jitsu loosely translated means "science of softness" or "gentle art" and is applied to many schools of unarmed and hand-to-hand combat. The soft grappling style was intended to help unarmed soldiers to fight against armed enemies in any way possible, using the least amount of force necessary. Ju-Jitsu was the primary unarmed combat method of the Samurai.The Ultimate Self Defence,armed and unarmed combat system.Many other Martial Arts are modern day descendents of Ju-Jitsu. Ju-Jitsu emphasizes turning an attacker's own force against him or herself, putting them off balance. Ju-Jitsu also emphasizes certain grappling moves and strikes to vital areas. A Ju-Jitsu student is expected to learn how to gauge the force of an opponent's attack and use it against him, evade attacks, use leverage against an opponent and how to attack nerves and pressure points. The British Ju Jitsu Association is the national governing body.
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British Ju Jitsu Association