Practitioner of Hagakure-ryū Jū-Jutsu

Hagakure-ryū Jū-Jutsu (葉隠流柔術) is a fictional style of combat used by the Hagakure Clan, which is transmitted through generation to generation, based on a real-life martial art Jūjutsu.

"Jū" can be translated to mean "gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding." "Jutsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with one's own force.

Jūjutsu developed to combat the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. There are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jūjutsu schools (ryū) may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking, and kicking. In addition to jūjutsu, many schools teach the use of weapons.

Today, jūjutsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport and martial art of judo, which was developed by Kanō Jigorō in the late 19th century from several traditional styles of jūjutsu, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which was derived from earlier (pre–World War II) versions of Kodokan judo.


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