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I've been training in Ju Jutsu for the last 2 1/2 years and my confidence, fitness and attitude to life has dramatically improved.
Ju Jutsu is all about prevention, proactive protection and self defence as the last resort. All areas are covered - avoiding, negotiating, striking, kicking, grappling, throwing, locks. It is suitable for all and there are classes designed specifically for children. It is absolutely ideal for women because it doesn't rely on strength and it concentrates on the genuine behaviour of a potential attacker.
I can't really compare this to other martial arts because my experience of them is pretty limited. From what I can gather some other marial arts are more traditional i.e. Aikido and some are more sporting i.e. Kick-boxing. I think there is a place for most of these systems; I'm not one for being negative about what others feel works for them. One of the important aspects of Ju Jutsu is the impact training. It is impossible to know if the strikes are effective if you are punching thin air.
It costs between £3.50 - £5 to train at the club I attend in Bristol.
Unfortunately because of its full contact nature there are few woman training in this art. I come away with bruises every week but this can sometimes be avoided.
Training in Ju Jutsu has given me confidence in my self protection abilities but it has also made me realise that to avoid dangerous situations is the most important step to take.
Thanks for telling me about your editing. I have just had another look at your review and have changed my rating accordingly.
sonicmk 22.11.2002 23:31
I used to do a bit of kick-boxing and some judo when I was able bodied. I believe the mental discipline helped me to cope with my brain hemorrage, I refused an electric wheelchair-chair and forced myself to walk in six months. You could include something on how this style differs from others among other things, good op though. Mike
joy9 22.11.2002 23:20
Very good first opinion. Interesting reading.