What the hell is Japanse Jujitsu in the UK/US?
OK so I'm starting to get more and more confused.
We're always told that JJJ was developed by the samurai, bla bla bla, as a form of self defence. Now, these guys were the elite fighters of the time right, so it makes sense that their shite really worked- i.e., if someone swung a sword at one of them, they would know how to disarm the guy.
Similarly unarmed, I assume that their mix of aikido, judo and striking meant they were still pretty prolific at diffusing attacks. I dont mean UFC tournament, I mean more self defensive and efficient. (Im not saying MMA is not either of those things, Im just saying it is perhaps designed with certain things in mind, rather than kill of be killed).
So now comes my quandary- there are a lot of people, especially on these forums, who love MMA and BJJ and seem to doubt the ability of traditional forms. First question; is this because JJJ has been so corrupted and warped by club politics, Chinese whispers and idiot fakers that it has lost any element of actual jujitsu?
That leads on to my next question: If that IS the case, and even if we're being taught a warped version of stuff, how can we measure whats different? I mean certain wrist locks for example do work right? Pain compliance is there, etc. Similarly with their knife defence, I don't understand why these techniques are bing taught anywhere if they don't work at all? Or is it because they DO work, but like the samurai your expected to have mastered them for 10 years before you put them into practice? Or is it just more BS originating from... where exactly? Was there some guy who just sat in a room on LSD and was like 'I could totally X-block a knife and then catch it' etc?
My questions stem from the fact that I really enjoy the belt system as it helps me set goals and recognise people who (should) be better than me, I enjoy wearing pyjamas and doing a bit of the judo style sport side as well, and I dont want to compete- so MMA isnt necessarily my martial art of choice.