Nine Dodging Techniques of Jujitsu

Jujitsu is a martial arts sport that is defensive in nature. Although its origins date back to Chinese martial arts, it has been practiced in Japan since the 16th century.

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The main aim of the movements in jujitsu is to reflect an attacker’s movements back to him/her. The defensive tactics and movements are designed to conserve energy and neutralize an opponent. In practicing this sport, students are taught to focus and remain calm with efficient and smooth flowing movements.

Body movement is central to the success of jujitsu. They are designed to help one dodge the attacks of another in nine basic dodging techniques.

  1. Step Dodge. In this technique a person moves one foot in front of the other in one of two ways. The first method involves moving one foot to the back in a circular motion so that the upper body turns to the side. The second way of executing this step is to step forward in a diagonal direction with one foot as you turn your body toward your opponent.
  2. Side Dodge. This movement involves the movement of the upper body without moving the feet. You use your hands to block an attack from your opponent.
  3. Backward Dodge. You shift the weight of your body to the rear foot and leg and lean backwards from your upper body.
  4.  Pull-in Dodge. In this movement you do shift your weight to your rear leg, but you pull in the middle part of the body only.
  5. Circular Dodge. Even though the feet do not move in this technique, you drop your body and move to the side in a circular motion with your arms positioned to protect yourself against attack.
  6. Jumping Retreat. You jump to the rear to avoid an attack by your opponent. However, when you land from the jump, you do need to have balance so that you can deliver a counterattack.
  7. Sliding Retreat. In the sliding retreat movement, you do execute the jumping retreat with the addition of foot movement by sliding your feet along the ground.
  8.  Full Turn Dodge. You are very close to your opponent as you execute this movement. You move one foot in a circular motion and pivot on the other foot as the attacker attempts to punch your upper body.
  9. Half-Turn Dodge. This movement protects the vital parts of the body by carrying out the full turn dodge up to half the circular turn and use a blocking technique against your opponent.
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2 Comments
  1. Posted April 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Not os sure I understand this but did enjoy reading it. Excellent article and very informative.

  2. waldomarek
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

    \”The main aim of the movements in jujitsu is _to reflect an attacker’s movements back to him/her_. The defensive tactics and movements are designed _to conserve energy_ and neutralize an opponent. In practicing this sport, students are taught to focus and remain calm with efficient and smooth flowing movements.\”

    yet you show a movie of \”quantum jiujitsu\” (whatever that might be) of some guy doing flashy moves which has nothing to do with conserving energy :P

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