Ju-jitsu is an ancient martial art dating back over 2,000 years and is frequently referred to as a parent art because it encompasses three different "-do" or ways, which are said to originate from ju-jitsu:
Ju-jitsu translates to "gentle art", but don't let that fool you. The "gentle" part is meant more in terms of the defender not needing to exert a lot of energy to effectively defend himself/herself. Ju-jitsu is an extremely effective form of self defense which includes a use of force continuum which ranges from the use of verbal commands to controlling holds to more advanced techniques which can result in severe injury to an attacker.
There are many different styles of ju-jitsu studied around the world. Currently the most famous is arguably Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, made famous by the Gracie family in mixed martial arts competitions. It is a very effective style of the art geared toward competition.
The style (or ryu) practiced at Baltimore School of Self Defense is Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, which is based on traditional Japanese ju-jitsu. Budoshin Ju-Jitsu focuses on practical self defense rather than sport. It emphasizes holds, joint locks, blocking, striking, throws, takedowns, and using an attackers size, force, and momentum against him/her.
Budoshin Ju-Jitsu was founded by George Kirby and Bill Fromm. For more information on this ryu, please visit www.budoshin.com.
Professor Kirby has written several books on ju-jitsu, including his "Big Book". The two most important books to start your training are the following:
Ju-Jitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art, by George Kirby