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Notes On Jujutsu 101

What is Jujutsu 101? - Drills adapted to a specific person to improve skills in balance and leverage for use in combative situations. Leverage skills, as opposed to pain compliance is the main focus.

What is the core capture hold in jujutsu 101? - It doesn't take many episodes of Cops to see the position officers want to get their suspects into - face down, not face up. In traditional jujutsu (not no holds barred - all weapons barred grappling) this was the core pinning skill. Face down pinning - standing and ground positions - is the key capturing skill in Jujutsu 101. The single arm face down capture pin was the key capture art in wartime jujutsu. It is as well the key capture skill in law enforcement.

Why is face down pinning so important your survival? Weapons like knives, guns, clubs, chains, razors, bottles, sticks, swords, hammers, etc. are held in the hand. This is a main reason. You certainly do not want the opponent facing you with a weapon.

What is an example of a single arm face down pinning? Let us say that you off-balanced the suspect by shoving your weight into his torso and during this disruption you wrapped your arms around one of his arms and hugged it tightly into your torso; then as you wedge tightly the side of your torso into his arm pit area (keeping his captured arm stretched out from his armpit) you lever him down to the ground. If you have your angle held in such a way that the suspect's other limbs and head cannot reach you, then that is a pin for our purposes.

What is an example of a hold that isn't truly a pin? If the suspect can reach any part of your body as you hold him, then that is not a safe pin for our purposes. If he can touch you, then he could knife you!

How do you judge the quality of a person's jujutsu? It is how well he steals the limb. Self-defense, like war, is the art of deception. When you train you should be working towards more serious situations. A suspect on drugs who is big and strong and potentially armed will not always be a victim to pain compliance moves.

I have taught for years various law enforcement personnel and the truth is most are of average height and weight with minimum realistic combative skills and experience. On top of that the public believes generally that if you are an officer then you must know how to arrest the suspect without undue force. Most citizens have never had to deal with this situation.

There are some scenes on Cops where a number of officers are trying to bring face down one skinny looking suspect who (from drugs?) is like a wild man or woman.

Most officers are not big, strong, powerful, athletic and with a practical background in combative situations.

I am under 5' 5" and I weigh 130 lbs. I work on using leverage and balance disruption skills. Pain compliance is not always a safe option. Train as if it isn't; then if you get some pain reaction, consider it an added benefit.

Note: I certainly am not stating that pain compliance is of no use. If I have someone in a captured position I may need to soften him up with some elbows in the ribs, but you must seriously ask yourself the questions - What situation are you training for? Who are you really worried about having to deal with?

If you take the most common combative situations - but up them in intensity into a powerful ambush you will quickly find that there really is very little you can do to deal with your safety as you try to capture the suspect.

Imagine a college school wrestler bear hugging you or a trained boxer throwing a sucker punch - it can be a wake up call.

There really is very little to do to successfully deal with serious combative situations.

But the very little can be learned very well!

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