Jujitsu Definition

An art of weaponless self-defense developed in Japan that uses throws, holds, and blows and derives added power from the attacker's own weight and strength.
American Heritage
A Japanese system of wrestling in which knowledge of anatomy and the principle of leverage are applied so that the strength and weight of an opponent are used against him or her.
Webster's New World
A method of self-defence established in Japan emphasizing “jū” (soft or gentle) “jitsu” (art or technique). Japanese martial art that utilizes a large variety of techniques in defense against an opponent.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a related art, derived from judo.


Origin of Jujitsu

  • Japanese jūjutsu soft judo jutsu technique (from Early Middle Chinese ʑwit)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 柔術 (jūjutsu じゅうじゅつ), from Middle Chinese 柔 (njuw "soft") + 術 (ʑwit "technique").

    From Wiktionary

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