"Jitsu" - a way of life.
YouTube- Introduction to Jiu Jitsu
YouTube- The University of Reading Jitsu Club
YouTube- Jitsu Session 1
I've been waiting to do a thread like this for ages, and I think that it's time more was done about this organisation because to put it bluntly it teaches nothing but crap and I regret all the time, effort and energy I put into it over a course of 5 years instead of doing something better like Judo. Or even just some full on weight training - wouldn't have learned how to fight but I'd least I'd look pretty :)
Before I really start, I just want to say that I am in no way the authority on fighting. TJF was what got me into martial arts, when I quit I did a little bit of BJJ and wrestling, and now I aim to pick up BJJ again because I've been fortunate to find a club near me.
But I think after seeing the differences in the short amount of time I did BJJ and wrestling for, I think I'm qualified to say TJF sucks and that's why I'm posting this thread. Also think of it as a passive-aggressive way of getting revenge for all the time I wasted with them and the injuries I acquired doing their shitty breakfalling.
Why is "Jitsu" crap?
No aliveness in training. Heavy reliance on compliance (poetry!). Weapons training that's meant to work - do you really think you could fight two people with the methods in the video above? How about two attackers with bottles? Big chunky sticks? How about fucking knives. Also the usual teh deadly eyepokes.
The training is heavily reliant on throws and locks, mainly throws. You'd probably be expected to do at least half a session on throws.
And what did a 3rd dan once say in a lesson?
"If you get in a fight, don't rely on your joint locks or throws. It will be your strikes that end a fight. Use your elbows."
I didn't really know what to say to this, was all the training pointless then? SPOILER ALERT:Spoiler:
Other problems with "Jitsu"
So you're a young eager purple belt in BJJ and you want people to roll with. Your purple belt is a symbol of your skill, I've rolled with purple belts and they're tough. I never win :D Best course of action: Start a BJJ club of course! Now you just need a number of people ideally quite young (about 18+) people to roll with. Universities should be the first place you go, right?
You see, the bureaucratic way universities are run means that if there is a TJF club there, then there is already a "Jitsu" club and you won't be able to set up a club. They don't seem to differentiate between styles, though some places they make exceptions for karate. Oh, and chances are there is a TJF club there because they're everywhere.
They train people like in those videos. Apparently around green belt you should be able to look after yourself. Despite being a light blue belt I was unable to throw someone in Judo using my best throw. I could not look after myself.
So not only do they teach bad things, the way university systems work means that BJJ clubs can't be set up to teach good things.
So feel free Bullshido, to ask me questions because it's been a while since there has been a TJF thread.