"The Way of Gentle Flowing Power"
Jukido is a Japanese style of Jujitsu founded by Shihan Paul Arel in 1959. It is traditional in the sense that Jukido's techniques are drawn from many of the oldest Bugei ryu, as well numerous modern Budo styles. Jukido is based extensively on Sanzyuryu Jujitsu. The techniques of Kokondo Karate, Aikijitsu, Kodokan Judo, other jujitsu styles, as well as traditional kobudo are also included in the Jukido formula.
In Japan several hundred years ago the martial art used by the Samurai was Jujitsu. The Samurai's intent with the study of Jujitsu is obvious. The intent with the study of Jukido Jujitsu remains the same.
While many consider jujitsu to be an unarmed system of self defense, in actual fact the earliest form of the art and the most traditional modern forms include the practice of weapons systems. The system of Jukido includes: saijitsu, tonfajitsu, bojitsu, yawarajitsu, and jojitsu.
There are perhaps as many as 700 styles of jujitsu in existence. Each has its own designated name. Some of the more traditional styles are: Takenouchiryu, Sanzyuryu, Yamatoryu, Kitoryu, and a host of others. The techniques found in Jukido jujitsu were founded centuries ago. The system uses the process and standards (where not injurious to its practitioners) of training and teaching employed by the old masters. This places Jukido jujitsu among the most traditional and effective of the jujitsu systems. Very old ryu use an ancient "anatomy charting" method which loosely translates as "quartering". This system is an integral element of Jukido.
Jukido is a Jujitsu system designed for maximum efficiency which was born out of the necessity for practical and effective self-defense. The most effective techniques of the old Bushi (warrior) methods are incorporated systematically into Jukido. This Jujitsu system incorporates the most effective principals of Judo, Karate and certain weapons dynamics which makes Jukido truly one of the most versatile systems of self-defense in the world. The advanced techniques of Jukido Jujitsu incorporate specialized throws, nerve and pressure points.
The primary points of emphasis in Jukido training are Nage Waza (throws), Shime Waza (chokes), Kansetsu Waza (joint locks), Te Waza (hand techniques), Kyusho Jitsu (pressure points), Kobudo (traditional weapons), Ne Waza (ground work), Osae Waza (restraining), Renraku Waza (combinations), Ukemi Waza (falling techniques), and Za Waza (sitting techniques).
By training such a wide variety of techniques, the Jukidoka has many options for an appropriate response to any situation that may arise.
Kuzushi is a fundamental principle in Jukido. Setting and using Kuzushi is a vital component of all Nage Waza. When it is done correctly, a person is able to throw a much larger person. Kuzushi is the unbalancing of the opponent. This should be done both physically and mentally. From a mental perspective, when the attacker is unbalanced his attention will instinctively turn to regaining his balance. From a physical perspective, the attackers weight and body are in motion. This makes the execution of a throw require much less effort from the defender.
Tsukuri means to break balance. Once Kuzushi is set, the defender will enter for the throw. During the entrance the distance (maai) closes and a connection is established between the defender and the attacker. The breaking of balance (tsukuri) happens with the combination of this connection and the rotation of the defenders body.
Kake is the execution of the throw. The attacker is now positioned to be thrown. The defender will quarter the opponent at this point. This will take one quadrant of the attackers body and transfer it to another. Once the center line is broken the attacker will rotate around the pivot point of the defender. Depending on the situation, the defender will stay close to the attacker to apply a follow up technique or separate to create space.
For the purpose of refinement the throws have been broken down into three components. when being executed they should be one continuous motion.