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Japanese Jujitsu

Jujutsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon. The word jujutsu can be spelled as ju-jitsu/jujitsu, ju-jutsu.

"Ju" can be translated to mean "gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding." "Jutsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with one's own force. Jujutsu developed to combat the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. 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, 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, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jujutsu schools (Ruy) 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 jujutsu, many schools teach the use of weapons.

Today, jujutsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport and martial art of judo, which was developed by Kano Jigoro in the late 19th century from several traditional styles of jujutsu, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which was derived from earlier (pre–World War II) versions of Kodokan judo.

Our Jujitsu

The core of our Jujitsu comes from Yoshin-Ryu a classical style that was introduced in Halifax by mature university student Jim Keers by way of Vancouver B.C back in 1970. In 1986 Sensei Ray was certified to teach and promoted Jujitsu across the Province as well as P.E.I. Since then he has trained under various Jujitsu instructors such as Tom Sharkey – World Jujitsu, Ken Yoshera 5th Dan Yoshin-Ryu, Robert Kranstz 7th Dan C.J.A Jujitsu, John Therien 9th Dan, Therian Jujitsu, Alain Sailly 8th Dan Goshindo.

As well as training in "Jujitsu” based arts with Tatso Suzuki 6th Dan Wado Ryu Karate, John Pelligerini founder of Combat Hapkido and North American leading Ninjutsu instructor Steve K Hayes.

Our Bushido-Kai Jujitsu program is a “program” not a style; its main focus is Self-Defense while keeping the traditional techniques from the classical arts alive. Of course we add many techniques from the various arts we are certified in and add them to our program.

We have Bushido-Kai programs in Halifax, Sydney and British Columbia and 28 certified Black Belts. Below is the list of ones you will find currently teaching at our club, also see the Team page.

1. Sean Margueratt - 3rd Degree Black Belt and currently "2nd in command" of the Bushido-Kai Academy
2. Brent MacRae - 3rd Degree Black Belt and currently "3rd in command" of the Bushido-Kai Academy
3. Mark Konecny - 1st Degree Black Belt, Submission grappling instructor, Blue Belt B.J.J
4. Angela Jones - 1st Degree Black Belt
5. Jeremy Ford - 1st Degree Back Belt - currently oversees the youth Jujitsu program
6. Scott Roper - 1st Degree Black Belt
7. Ben Pincock - 1st degree Black Belt