Definition of ju-jitsu in English:


(also ju-jutsu, jiu-jitsu)


  • [mass noun] A Japanese system of unarmed combat and physical training.

    Compare with judo
    • ‘In addition to jiu-jitsu he started sparring with professional kickboxers and elite-level wrestlers.’
    • ‘The Chinese kempo and Japanese ju-jutsu differ materially in their methods.’
    • ‘Smith has studied martial arts for 18 years, concentrating exclusively on ju-jitsu for the last 14 years and has trained all over Europe.’
    • ‘The centre is used for ju-jitsu, judo, wing chun, bowls, dancing, a dog club, a car club, a playschool and by a majorette troupe.’
    • ‘In the martial art of ju-jitsu, the less powerful uses the strength of the aggressor to immobilize them.’


Japanese jūjutsu, from jū gentle + jutsu skill.