Jiu Jitsu was developed as a way for the smaller, meeker person to take control of a larger adversary by using skill above strength. The word Jiu Jitsu is commonly translated as “The Gentle Art”.
The goals of Jiu Jitsu are simple:
- Control your opponent.
- Subdue (“Submit”) your opponent.
Since the foundation of a Jiu Jitsu match involves positional control of an opponent, it can be directly applied to real-life self defense scenarios. Jiu Jitsu is much less violent than other striking martial arts, which allows students to train at a pace and intensity similar to that of a real fight without the same risk of injury.