Goshin Jitsu ( 護身術 ) or Goshin Jujitsu is an eclectic, combat sports and self-defense motivated martial art utilizing striking, throwing and submissions. Its name comes from the Japanese words goshin meaning “protection of the body”and jitsu meaning “techniques” or “The art of self-defence”. Goshin Jitsu has evolved to teach effective self-defense for a wide range of real world scenarios as well as skills necessary for combat sports. The concepts and techniques of Goshin Jitsu originate from a number of fighting styles, from which the simplest and most effective techniques were taken. These skills continue to evolve so that the elements build upon and incorporate one another to form a comprehensive and effective unarmed combat system.Goshin Jitsu emphasizes strategies and tactics both for the street and the ring.
“Jū” can be translated to mean “gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.” “Jutsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique” and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force. Jujutsu developed to combat the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon.Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.
Training with other people is a fundamental part of Jujitsu/Goshin Jitsu training, and knowing how to deal with a variety of body types develops the sensitivity to know which techniques can work on which people, and which techniques are the most effective for your own body type. Likewise, while the Uke seems simply to be “the attacker that gets beat up,” it is more complex than that. Receiving techniques develops the reflexes to respond at the right moment, and ironically, only by receiving techniques do you really begin to trust them.
Classes available in Drogheda Monday and Wednesday evening, Holy Family Community Hall, Ballsgrove (opposite Church).
8pm-930pm €6 per Class.