History

In a nutshell:  The history of, and differences between, traditional Japanese Jujutsu, Brazilian Jiujitsu/Gracie Jiujitsu, and Asay Jiujitsu.

Traditional Jujutsu is a Japanese Martial Art that developed back in the days of the Samurai (the warrior caste of feudal and early-modern Japan) that employs throws, joint locks, chokes, and some strikes.  The idea was to know how to fight an opponent who’s possibly wearing armor when you’d lost your sword.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (notice the new spelling) is a relatively new art and is constantly being studied and evolved for both sport-oriented fighting and self defense.  A Japanese master from Japan, Mitsuyo Maeda taught a man named Carlos Gracie (now a Brazilian legend) the ways of Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals, and the art was taught in great detail within the Gracie family.  That’s why you might hear it called “Gracie Jiu-jitsu.”  The art was validated by Royce Gracie, a nephew of Carlos Gracie, after showing that his art could defeat a bigger, stronger attacker in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  Today, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is used for sport and self-defense purposes and has achieved a high level of credibility in the martial arts world.

Asay Jiujitsu is a new, hybrid art created by Patrick Asay, a Reality-Based Self Defense expert, formally ranked in Kung Fu, Taekwondo, and Uchudo.  Asay is recognized a 2nd Degree Black Belt under Grand Master Stanley Witz of the International Martial Arts Council.  Asay Jiujitsu (AJJ) is a new martial art, and is still very much a work in progress. It’s different from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (and should not be confused with them), but is a compilation of many high-percentage, submission-based techniques, particularly ones that cater to street combat. It also incorporates some techniques and strategies not strictly taught in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Asay’s reality-based system, called Applied Martial Arts, came out with AJJ as a way to provide the very basics and fundamentals of submission grappling to the aspiring student and to show how submission grappling fits into the overall fight plan.

–Patrick Asay

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