jiujitsu

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jiujitsu a method of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China and Japan; holds and blows are supplemented by clever use of the attacker's own weight and strength
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jiujitsu The Japanese art of self-defense without weapons, now widely used as a system of physical training. It depends for its efficiency largely upon the principle of making clever use of an opponent's strength, weight, and movements to disable or injure him, and by applying pressure so that his opposing movement will throw him out of balance, dislocate or break a joint, etc. It opposes knowledge and skill to brute strength, and demands an extensive practical knowledge of human anatomy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jiujitsu See jiu-jutsu.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Jap. jūjutsu,; , soft (prob. because no weapons are used) + jutsu, art

Usage

In literature:

Everything from jiujitsu to eels and chopsticks catches me.
"The House of the Misty Star" by Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
The writer added that jiujitsu was exactly the same as the English wrestling, with a few different tricks.
"A Fantasy of Far Japan" by Baron Kencho Suyematsu
Happens they were wrong, but it took a bit of jiujitsu to convince them.
"The Way of Decision" by M. C. Pease
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In news:

The art of jiujitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage.
M-IQ Martial Arts of Brainerd won 45 medals at the Brazilian JiuJitsu Tournament Nov 17 in Minneapolis.
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