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Tsubosuto ju jitsu

Club name: Tsubosuto ju jitsu

MAR member since 02/01/2011.

Tsubosuto ju jitsu specialises in the following arts and styles:

Ju Jitsu 
Street Defence 

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Wednesday nights 6:30 till 8

saturday days 2 till 4

What is Tsubosuto ツボスト

Tsubosuto is aimed at key areas of the body: nerve endings, arteries running close to bone, organs, vulnerable joints like elbows and knees, fingers, wrists and sensitive regions such as the eyes, ears and throat. These strikes can be made with virtually any part of the body, open hand, fist, fingers, elbow, toes, heel, knee, even your head - all are viable tools for attacking an aggressor's key Tsubosuto points, you can even utilise every day objects such as keys or pens.

In it's purest form 'Tsubosuto' relies on attacking the smaller target areas of the body (pressure points) with strategic precision, a complex and highly refined skill which takes many years to learn.

Tsubosuto Jujitsu's use of Tsubosuto is not quite so refined, dealing mostly with strikes aimed at the larger more obvious targets. The theory being that it's easier to find one of these targets in 'the heat of battle' than to accurately locate a precise 'pressure point' - not necessarily a better way, just a simpler alternative.

Tsubosuto,A Brief History

Tsubosuto was developed in Asia thousands of years ago. In China it became known as dim mak, (death touch) while the Japanese, called it Atemi; a system of strikes and painful joint holds aimed at one of the central nervous system's 365 "pressure points." Paradoxically many of these points are also used in the healing art of acupuncture, which began its development at about the same time.

For many years it remained exclusively in China but as Chinese and Japanese cultures intermingled, the art migrated to Japan.

The early masters spent many hours researching human anatomy in their quest for perfection. They toiled over anatomical charts and experimented on prisoners of war and criminals. They immersed themselves totally in this learning, committing to memory their secret knowledge, refining it as they progressed and keeping the secrets of their Tsubosuto within the confines of their immediate families or clans.

During the 15th century, the samurai warriors began to assimilate Tsubosuto into their systems of battlefield unarmed combat - the martial arts.

Tsubosuto gave them several advantages! Tsubosuto require no flamboyant stances, no flashy movement, they are direct and decisive. The samurai could employ a fatal blow quickly to end a life threatening confrontation or a use a quick disabling strike that would render the opponent helpless but alive for interrogation. - minimum power, little effort and maximum effect.

Various martial arts systems incorporate pressure point techniques, though very few people have a complete understanding of the original art. The true masters were very selective about the students with whom they shared this knowledge.

Today's 'true' Tsubosuto masters number in tens rather than hundreds. It's said that in their prime the old masters could administer a strike without touching the body, a channelling of focused chi at one of the victim's vulnerable areas was enough.

In some instances once struck, the victim felt nothing and then fell down dead several days later. Such is the stuff of legend...or is it?

There are many individuals who've witnessed such events, a 'master' sending an individual flying across the room or rendering them unconscious. But then there are just as many individuals who have had these so called techniques performed on them with no effect. What ever your feelings regarding the existence of this 'jedi magic' there is one undeniable certainty: in the hands of a skilful practitioner, Tsubosuto can paralyse, maim or kill. 

What is ju jitsu 柔術柔術

Jujitsu the gentle art... a traditional martial art employing kicks, strikes, throws, locks, strangles, chokes and ground work. Modern ju-jitsu also employs, well just about anything: including biting, scratching, pulling hair, head butting, heel stomping and grabbing any other sensitive parts of an attackers anatomy that may come to hand!

Jujitsu (also spelt variously as Ju jitsu ju-jitsu jiu jitsu etc.) was originally a generic term for all the ancient Japanese fighting arts.

How they originated and where from isn't exactly clear, though it is generally accepted that the core techniques came from India and China, slowly evolving over time on the battlefields of feudal Japan by the samurai warriors.

These battlefield techniques were practised in secret, between loyal clan members only. Samurai warrior's caught trading techniques with rival clans risked severe punishment, even death. In the 15th century, a system known as Yawara-ge ("peacemaker"), involving armed and unarmed grappling combat came into existence, followed by similar systems associated with other combat schools.

These schools, (Ryu) are generally accepted as being responsible for Jujitsu's creation as a collection of fighting combat techniques.

When the samurai declined in importance during the 19th century, Jujitsu became a study in physical and mental discipline rather than a tool for the battlefield. It was one of the first martial arts to be adopted by western practitioners and is used by many combat and police forces across the world in their training regimes.

Although jujitsu does involve the study and use of traditional weapons, it is more commonly perceived as an un-armed defensive art, encompassing all the combat ranges, close-in, stand up and on the ground.

It has been successfully employed by competitors in no-holds barred competitions since the early eighties, when the famous Gracie family bought their unique Brazilian Ju-jitsu to the world combat stage. They made such an impact that many non jujitsu fighters began to supplement their regular training with jujitsu or judo like techniques. Jujitsu is a also referred to as 'parent art', the founding base from which other martial arts have developed, notably the arts of Judo and Aikido.

Jigoro Kano, judo's founding father, disregarded some of ju-jitsu's more dangerous, combat orientated elements and concentrated on the throwing aspects in the creation of his art. While Ueshiba Morihei, the founder of Aikido utilised and developed his own style of throws and locks reliant on the opponent's momentum. Apart from Judo's more senior grades and some Aikido variations, neither system uses strikes or kicks to disable an attacker - a key tactical element in ju-jitsu or at least in the techniques taught Tsubosuto Jujitsu.

The ancient samurai warriors would undoubtedly recognise many of the techniques used by Jujitsu practitioners today but, without the idiosyncrasies of style and traditionalism that hamper some other systems, Jujitsu has evolved (as it still does) into a well rounded self defence system - well suited to modern defence needs.

Our instructors teach a mixture of traditional and modern techniques adapted from other martial arts styles, not necessarily just ju-jitsu. We do not market, advertise or teach a style or system - we do not regard what we teach as a system, just an extensive arsenal of ever evolving defensive jujitsu techniques.


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