Who are we?
The Scottish Ju Jitsu Society (SJJS) currently comprises the membership of four training centres within Scotland and are connected by a common history, purpose and constitution. The SJJS today is the organisational culmination of over 35 years experience of studying, practising and developing the art of Ju Jitsu.
The common purpose of the SJJS is to:
• Organise, foster , develop and advise on Ju-Jitsu within Scotland
• Provide a setting in which to learn Ju-Jitsu, which is not political or business driven
• Provide technical expertise in Ju Jitsu, ensuring that instruction and coaching is thorough and safe
• Affiliate to, assist, cooperate with and support national and international organisations as determined by the Society
• Provide the membership with such services and support as may be available.
The SJJS is not, nor does it wish to be, the governing body for Ju Jitsu in Scotland. It is a non political and non profit making group.
Full technical support (including high quality ju jitsu instruction, grading and coaching qualification), comprehensive insurance, equipment and access to national and international events are provided within and through the Scottish Ju Jitsu Society.
The current office SJJS bearers are:
Chief Instructor/Senior Coach: John McNab 6th Dan
What do we do?
There are generally two questions, which first arise in introducing a martial art;
What is it?
Ju Jitsu as practiced today within the SJJS is a modern, complex, flexible and highly developed martial art, which blends traditional technique and etiquette with the wide ranging demands of today’s student.
The application of the techniques of Ju Jitsu requires an array of skills and knowledge, which make it both practical in application and enjoyable to learn. The student is taught to strike, throw, grapple, escape, stand and fall in a defence-orientated syllabus that develops in a modular way. Regular examinations or gradings chart the level of attainment of a student. The student is not required to defeat another student, but is expected to train hard within their own parameters, to surpass their own standards over a period of time and ultimately to demonstrate the techniques required for examination.
The training syllabus, based on two or more people working together in defender/attacker(s) scenarios, provides the learning environment from novice to black belt.
In understanding the origins of the art, skills which enabled the samurai to continue fighting despite losing their weapons, the training syllabus at 2nd Dan Level, requires the introduction of weaponry training and its relationship to unarmed combat.
where did it come from?
Ju Jitsu is a Japanese martial art, which is most often referred to as the unarmed fighting system of the Samurai warrior. Historically, there are many accounts of the origins of Ju Jitsu, the feats of famous practitioners and schools, and the lineage of today’s modern teachers. Unfortunately we can bring little clarity to these matters, suffice to say that Ju Jitsu is regarded as one of the oldest unarmed and documented fighting system and a recognised precursor to the development of karate do, judo and aikido.