The Origins of Jujitsu

Jiu Jitsu
Jiu Jitsu


John C. Chiu, MD, serves as the president of the California Spine Institute Medical Center (, where he oversees clinical and business operations and treats patients with bone spurs, facet joint syndrome, herniated discs, pinched nerves, and more. In addition to his work with the California Spine Institute Medical Center, John C. Chiu, MD, practices martial arts, including jujitsu, and has received the Martial Arts Living Legend Award.

Jujitsu is an internationally recognized martial art with origins dating back to feudal Japan. Developed for use by samurai warriors, who often entered battle in physically restrictive armor accompanied by heavy weapons and a horse, it focuses on grappling finesse. Therefore, a technique was needed for close quarters combat that was effective as well as economical.

After its inception, jujitsu split into several styles, or ryu, each with its own particular emphasis on contact. High profile ryu of jujitsu’s early days included the kito-ryu, which focused on set forms and throws, as well as the Yoshin-ryu, which hinged on various poses recognized as arresting devices.


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