Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt - J


"Gentle way." A Japanese art of self-defense and a sport with Olympic recognition. Judo is a method of turning an opponent's strength and overcoming by skill rather than sheer strength.


A practitioner of judo


"Art of gentleness." Literally, the technique or the art of suppleness, gentleness. All of these terms, however, represent a single principle, a general method of applying a technique using the human body as a weapon in unarmed combat. Also known as jiu jitsu.

Junbi sogi

Ready stance


Center of gravity


"Art." A term linking a fighting method with the bugei, or martial disciplines of war, rather than with the sporting or aesthetic practices of modern Japan.


A forked iron truncheon that can parry an attack by a sword

Jutte jutsu

Art of the jutte

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