As a classical fighting art of Japan, jū-jitsu can be defined as: “A method of close combat either unarmed or employing minor weapons that can be used in defensive or offensive ways to subdue one or more unarmed or armed opponents”.  A simple translation of the two Japanese characters is Jū (柔):  gentleness, suppleness, flexibility, yielding; and Jitsu (術): (often spelt jutsu) art, technique, or skill.

In more modern times since the late 1800s and early 1900s and with the introduction of jū-jitsu to the Western World the focus shifted toward emphasising jū-jitsu as a gentle art, a system of self-defence, and a system of physical education. Notable forms of endeavour that developed from jū-jitsu during these times include both Kōdōkan jūdō (柔道) in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, and aikidō (合気道) in the late 1920s – 1942 by Morihei Ueshiba.

Jū-jitsu truly can be a life-long activity and is practised by all ages from children to seniors both men and women around the world.


Can Jū-jitsu be practised as a sport?

Absolutely! Obviously like any sport there need to be rules, and many aspects of what you may learn may not be permitted in competition … this however in no way prevents those who wish to do so, aspiring to enter competition and compete in the World Championships in both sport jū-jitsu and in grappling competition … and the best place to do this is with the …


World Council of Ju-Jitsu Organisations

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The World Council of Ju-Jitsu Organisations (WCJJO) has its roots dating back to 1977 and the first international ju-jitsu team tournament held in Honolulu, Hawaii … which expanded to the WCJJO in 1984 with the world ju-jitsu championships held at Niagara Falls in Canada.  

Founded to guide and assist the growth of ju-jitsu internationally, the WCJJO brings together under one banner, Ju-Jitsu and related martial arts organisations to develop Sport Ju-Jitsu and participate in World Competition. The official language of the WCJJO is English.

The WCJJO supports the development, promotion, and teaching of ju-jitsu throughout the world without bias to race, creed, gender, or religion. Providing a world forum for all member associations to meet and participate in ju-jitsu competition in a spirit of friendship.  As an organisation the WCJJO promotes the sharing of knowledge and skills between countries and member associations, and provides a grading authority and recognition for achievement in ju-jitsu.

Ultimately the WCJJO chooses to represent ju-jitsu as a world body promoting Sport Ju-jitsu, Ne-waza (BJJ/Grappling style); Demonstration events; Masters Sport Ju-jitsu. Plus support for Junior competition and Tantō competition.

The WCJJO is represented by delegates from every member association who have the opportunity to elect or appoint Directors, who form an Executive Council responsible for determining the host country for each World Championships, and defining the rules and regulations enforced during competition. Each member association is invited to nominate one person who meets the criteria for nomination, to represent their association.