The term jujutsu means, technique or art (jutsu) and supple, flexible, gentle (varying interpretations of the ideogram JU). All representing a single principle, the use of the human body as a weapon in unarmed/armed combat.  As far back as 3000 B.C. there existed in India a warrior class that was taught unarmed combat. Buddhist texts tell of at least three different systems.  The founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, Daruma Taishi (Bodhidharma), was born into the warrior class in India at the end of the 5th century BC. As a boy, he was taught unarmed combat, but decided as a young man to become a Buddhist monk. After several years of study, Daruma decided to travel and spread the teachings of the Buddha. Eventually his travels led him to China, where he took up residence at the Shaolin monastery about 500 BC. According to legend  Daruma began to teach the monks at Shaolin, that he had learned as a boy, a set of physical and mental disciplines known as the “I Ching Sutra”. This  art in Japan became known as Shorin-ji kempo. Impressed by its effectiveness the Japanese nobility and the samurai engage  in is practice as a form of self-defense or in order to subdue others.     The practice of the art was privileged and secret. In the mid 19th century, the Samurai class was formally disbanded, and many schools of Ju-Jitsu died out.  In 1882 Jigoro Kano re-structure some of the techniques of ju jutsu  and called it Kodakan Judo. . In a different area of japan (Okinagua) due to its geographical location  the art took a different dimension and was  referred to as Naha-Te, Shuri-te or Jute, later to be  known as karate. In 1917, Gishin  Funakoshi introduce the Okinawan art of karate, Jogoro Kano, the founder of Judo and a very influential figure in the Japanese martial arts, gave Funakoshi his support and invited him to teach at the famous Judo headquarters, the Kodokan.  Thousands of Japanese from many walks of life began to study the style of Karate taught by Funakoshi, which came to be known as Shotokan. Morihei Ueshiba study various styles of ju jutsu among other martial arts.  By combining his martial training with his religious and political ideologies, he created the modern martial art of Aikido. Ueshiba decided on the name "Aikido" in 1942.  Ju-Jitsu is considered   by many to be the parent art of Judo, Aikido, and Karate.

Dr. Calixto Garcia (Soke)

 email: soke@shinzendoryu.com

Calixto Garcia-Abid, Ph.D is president of Community Technological Institute of Miami (ctim4edu,com) Dr. Garcia  a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Florida keeps a private practice in  neuropsychology  and behavioral medicne. Previously he was the Associate Director of Florida International University, Counseling and Psychological Service Center and is a lecturer and founder of Cognitive Reflex Therapy (www.cognitivereflextherapy.com)and ShinZendo Ryu jujutsu.. Dr. Garciais a community organizer and activist is the currently  chief executive officer of The Little Havana Miami Dade  County Chamber of Commerce (mia4biz.com).   Dr Garcia began practicing Judo at age five in Guanabo Cuba and continue to practice  in  Madrid  Spain and later  in the YMCA in Park Avenue in New York City. At age  ten Dr. Garcia began practicing  Judo, Ju-Jutsu, Karate and Zazen at the 72nd  street dojo  in Nerw York City.  Growing up in New York City he had the opportunity to train in various styles/instructors in Judo, Ju-Jutsu, Karate, Tae Kwan Do, Hapkido, Aikido, Wrestling, Kung Fu, Gigong, Dim Mak, Street Fighting, Shorin-ji Kempo, Abir and other arts.  The disclosure of this information is to highlight Dr. Calixto Garcia  love for martial arts and not to impress anyone. or to imply mastery over any of this arts or a close relationship with all of the instructors.  Dr. Garcia world view on martial art's and life is  the essence of ShinZenDo Ryu a way of life that emphazises "Mind and Body as One" (mushin no shin)  in  pursue of satori (in Zen the sheer ecstacy to be alive)  a  momentary  nirvana or the ability to become   free from all binding in this world.  In synthesis to be the best person you can be for self,  family, community and country,