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Jujutsu History - March 10, 2015 by Jackie

(The art of flexibility) Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art developed by the Warrior class of Japan, known as Bushi, (man of war) or samurai (serve) in which their methods of attack are in foca in making projections, submissions or detentions, chokes and keys to generate pressure or pain in certain regions of the body, complementing it with strikes (punches and kicks). Dated the origins of JIU-Jitsu to more than two thousand years in the India, in those days, Indian pilgrims were being constantly attacked by barbarian tribes of Mongols, who were extremely violent and also their physical Constitution and strength were of the os more imposing of the peoples of Asia in those times. Indians, at a disadvantage in height and strength, were the need to create a class of self defense that had no basis in physical strength. The first techniques was developed under the principle of lever against the strength of the opponent. It subsequently came to China and then to Japan where it was adopted by the Warrior class.

There are several theories of how these techniques reached Japan. The first and the most accepted, tells us that during the 16th century, a Chinese called Chin Young-Gen-Pin, developed a series of writings, where he explained how to perform certain techniques that consisted of a few projections that have as purpose to kill or leave outside combat the opponent. Chin-Young-Gen-Pin, traveled to Japan, the region known as Edo (today Tokyo), in the region known to three samurai, to who it was prohibited to carry weapons, these samurai they decided to buy the writings to Chin, these samurai subsequently expanded and perfected the techniques described by Chin. The second version tells us, that a doctor from Nagasaki, called Akyma Shirobei Yoshitoki, lived for a while in China, during his stay he studied various martial arts in the area where weapons were not used during combat, but I realized that these methods of combat required great strength and endurance.

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