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What is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is an ancient martial art style that dates back hundreds of years to feudal Japan. The Samurai were the most respected and feared of all warriors of that time. Although the Samurai favoured the sword and bow and arrow, when they lost their weapons, they needed something to protect themselves against their enemies. Since their enemies wore armour, using a fighting style with a lot of punches and kicks would have proven ineffective against the armour.  So the Samurai developed a system with only a few strikes, but that would still allow them to defeat their enemy, that's when Jiu Jitsu was born.

Jiu Jitsu literally translated means "Gentle Art", which refers to it's yielding, deflecting, and off-balancing techniques that take very little effort when applied correctly. Jiu Jitsu also emphasizes attacking the weaker points of the body and uses techniques like joint manipulation, chokes, and pressure points. Along with this, the Samurai used throws, and sweeps to off-balance and take their opponent to the ground where they used the leverage of their body to attack the joints and weaker points of their opponent's body. Because Jiu Jitsu relies entirely on technique rather than power, it allows for a smaller person to defend themselves and even defeat a much bigger, stronger attacker.

Over the years, several martial arts have taken certain ideas and concepts from the original Jiu Jitsu. Martial arts such as Aikido, Judo, and Karate have all taken some aspects of the original Jiu Jitsu style.

What is Kumo Jiu Jitsu?

Hanshi Darrell LaFrance (9th Dan) has been studying martial arts since the age of three. He has studied various types of martial arts including traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Shotokan Karate, Kuk Sool Won, and Drunken Kung Fu. Hanshi LaFrance has Native American heritage and has also studied the fighting styles of his ancestors.

It is common practice in many Asian and Native American cultures to model their fighting style after animals. Kumo Jiu Jitsu is an eclectic martial art that is modelled after the fighting style of the spider (Kumo means spider in Japanese). By taking the timing, agression, and overwhelming power of a tarantula and the patience, cunning, and tactics of common web-weaving spiders, as well as combining different fighting techniques, principles, and theories from several other martial art styles, Hanshi Darrell LaFrance has developed a very unique and highly effective method of self-defense. Keeping true to the traditions of the past, but still recognizing the new dangers of today, Kumo Jiu Jitsu prepares an individual to defend themself in virtually any situation. Kumo Jiu Jitsu will teach you to use the various parts of your body for striking (punches, kicks, knees, elbows, etc), joint locking techniques that attack the weaker points of your opponent's body, the use of pressure points, clinching, off balancing techniques, takedowns, throws, and grappling techniques to control and subdue your opponent while on the ground.

Over all, Kumo Jiu Jitsu is a very well-rounded self-defense fighting style that is adaptable and effective in any situation.