from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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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  • noun Alternative spelling of jujitsu.

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  • noun 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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  • Do the Chinese and Japanese have different spellings/pronunciations? I remember my Japanese flatmate said jujitsu so that's the way I remember it.

    December 22, 2007

  • I'm used to jujitsu, but listed jujutsu as a monovocalic variant. OED2 says jujutsu is a former spelling; Weirdnet gives the same definition for both.

    December 22, 2007

  • anyway it is a fight between u and i

    December 22, 2007