Its useful to have an ‘About JuJutsu’ page, primarily as a place of reference, but to also add a few personal words to what JuJutsu means.
There is significant references to JuJutsu & Ju-Jitsu (as well as quite a few other deriritives of the name) on the internet already, so below are listed a few favorites which tend to point to the origins of the art rather than the array of modern styles.
We are supportive and students of modern arts and the evolution of the fighting systems, however our focus is on the understanding as much about the origins of the arts, along with their philosiphy and original practice as possible, which is reflected in the teaching at Ibiza JuJutsu.
Here are a few of my favorite references with credits;
“Jū” 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” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujutsu
The word shingan (心眼?) is rooted in Zen philosophy, and was chosen to describe a fundamental concept of the style. Shingan means “mind’s eye,” or “heart’s eye,” and refers to the ability to sense or read an opponent’s intentions via an inner sense. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yagy%C5%AB_Shingan-ry%C5%AB
History of JuJutsu from our family dojo Shinpi Izumi (uk)
I’ve been very fortunate to train closely with traditional senior instructors, and have taken the following belief to heart in both the practice and teaching of martial arts;
The understanding of a martial art in its purest (earliest) incarnation is like a beginning of a stream, it is of total pureity and unnaffected by its journey. As it develops it becomes broader and more complex, with branches that can take it far away from the main path. This widening to rivers gives great breadth and coverage until all water meets the sea.
It is important that the water (understanding) can be represented perfectly in the traditional forms, with true teachings of why the technique was performed as shown.
If this is not the case the beautiful history, meaning and philosiphy of the art will be lost over time.
Insight into Mushin Meditation which we’ll be practicing as part of our classes, nicely summarised on Wikipedia;
“The term is shortened from mushin no shin (無心の心), a Zen expression meaning the mind without mind and is also referred to as the state of “no-mindness”. That is, a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything.”
The legendary Zen master Takuan Sōhō said:
The mind must always be in the state of ‘flowing,’ for when it stops anywhere that means the flow is interrupted and it is this interruption that is injurious to the well-being of the mind.