JuJitsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat
"Jū" can be translated to mean "gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, yielding, or adaptable."
“True spirit of Judo is nothing but the gentle and diligent free spirit. Judo rests on flexible action of mind and body. The word flexible however never means weakness but something more like adaptability and open mindedness. Gentleness always overcomes strength.”
- Kyuzo Mifune
"Jitsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique"
JuJitsu developed as the close combat method of the samurai of feudal Japan.
Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, strangles and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.
There are many variations of the art. JuJitsu schools (ryū) may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking, and kicking). In addition to JuJitsu, many schools teach the use of weapons.
Today, JuJitsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms.
Jujitsu: the art of self-protection
Judo: the art of self-perfection
Judo is Jujitsu with rules, Jujitsu is Judo when the rules of good sportsmanship are counterproductive to your safety.
Katamedo translates as the way of grappling
Katamedo stresses that the principles of grappling are constant, as are the skills involved; it is the techniques of applying these skills that holds the potential for the progressive evolution of the art.
A practitioner of Katamedo JuJitsu will be able to use these skills within the context appropriate to the circumstances
The principles of the grappling arts are common, only the rules differ. Whether the rules are department policy or rules of engagement for professional use of force, state statutes for personal protection or sport rules for competition in any grappling or mixed martial arts setting.
For example, a great freestyle wrestler will be able to adapt to sport judo, jujitsu, sambo, capoeira or Greco-Roman wrestling, and vice versa.
As such, a JuJitsuka must also learn the principles and tenets of atemi waza, or striking.
The most confident fighter is one who can compete on equal ground no matter what the rules.
For personal protection and professional use of force you have to be able to compete on equal ground no matter what the rules. Confidence in this is built through competence. Competence is built using modern sporting methods to prepare practitioners for the situations they will be called upon to face and train them to deal with those situations in the most realistic manner safely possible.
There are no secrets in Katamedo. All principles and objectives are grounded in sound kinesiological, anatomical, neurological and occupational research and must be scientifically articulated to be accepted in the art. An art must be analyzed, proven and replicated so it can evolve into its safest, most effective and modern form.
Every person has his or her own set of abilities and disabilities. Katamedo embraces practitioners of all abilities, races, religions and creeds.
Katamedo believes that organized sports and occupations can assist in providing important values and habits that help to organize the individual and assisting him or her in everyday life. One may have a challenge in life like attention deficit disorder, depression, visual impairments or an amputation. These in themselves do not preclude performance. They may initially impede performance, but in the end, the diversity and richness that these individuals provide improves themselves and all others involved.
The purpose of Katamedo is to support a style of JuJitsu that is based in sound educational, philosophical, scientific and technical competence. Katamedo represents an evolving art form that incorporates techniques grounded in traditional Japanese JuJitsu but builds on these with advanced techniques developed and proven in the modern mixed martial arts setting. The Katamedo style of JuJitsu has been developed from the years of practical experience and application of fighting and sporting principles that spring from Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian and Western grappling philosophies. Practitioners are champions of judo, karate, freestyle, mixed martial arts and jujitsu, and expert instructors. The Board of Directors seeks the highest levels of accreditation, registration and instruction available.
KDJJ is Recognized and supported by the USMA, SMAA, our members compete under the USJA in Judo, AAU in Freestyle Judo, and some hold USJI memberships as well.