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Ju Jitsu Wausau

The word “Karate” has become a “catch phrase word”  for other arts, even though they do nothing  karate like, in their art.  For example, Ju Jitsu will advertise under the name of Karate regardless that it is very different martial art. 

Ju Jitsu or Jui Jitsu is taught as a grappling art, where you are wrestling on the ground using leverage techniques to cause your opponent to submit.  With Karate, you employ mostly strikes and kicks.  With Karate, grappling is not allowed.   I have trained in many Karate schools where grappling is frowned upon.  However, I believe you should have a ground game under your belt, when you train. 

So, why are these styles getting muddled up so much and how do you figure out what you want to do?  The styles are getting mixed because everybody in our culture wants to know everything.  We want the best of both worlds, Karate and Jui Jitsu.  Hence, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) comes to the rescue.

Now, what is this MMA deal?  Is it where you have to get in a cage and kick the crud out of another opponent.  Not really and maybe.  Mixed Martial Arts are where you combine one or more martial arts together and train to become more well rounded.  The evolution of the term MMA and television have recently coined the term MMA, to mean “cage fighting”.  They are guys that like to put their skills to the test in a steel cage doing mixed Martial Arts techniques. 

You don’t have to be in a cage to learn Mixed Martial Arts.   Bruce Lee was one of the first people to teach us that and the evolution since that time has been unique.  Some people would compare it to the gladiators in Rome but with rules.  Others feel that practitioners lack the discipline and moral character to be called martial artists.  They feel they are only fighters and lack self control. 

I really don’t feel they are undisciplined in their training.  In fact, they are highly disciplined in practice and conditioning.    I usually see a lack of self control displayed, demonstrating  poor sportsmanship, cocky attitudes instead of humility and the list goes on.  Therefore, they seem to be good fighters but lack the morals behind good Martial Arts training (courtesy, integrity, self control, self control, modesty).  That is not all MMA guys, just many of them.

Wausau Jui Jitsu/Martial Arts Instruction

Our Wausau Jui Jitsu program has been around for 20 years but yet, some people have not figured out where we are located.  We have two convenient locations.  One at the YMCA in Wausau, Wisconsin, the other at 920 Grand Ave. Schofield, accross the steet from Arbys, behind Coldwell Banker Realty. Both locations teach mixed martial arts instruction of grappling and striking arts.

Our Wausau Jui Jitsu blend has a mix of everything.  Some from Pankration, Japanese  and Brazilian Jui Jitsu styles.  My training in the grappling arts started off with wrestling in high school and then Judo in 1982, at the YMCA in Stevens Point, WI. This went through my college days learning.  Later I found Royce Gracie and trained with him in the early 1990’s at various seminars and my path has really branched from there.

I started a different style which incorporated a different concept from strictly grappling. This style, called Pankration, has rules similar to what you would find in the Ultimate Fighting Championships but the rules do not allow striking to the head much. Most other rules apply to both methods. You will find training in Pankration methods will really enhance your cardio, build the foundation for a better ground game and give you some practical defenses, for tough situations.

The main advantage training with Pankration is the combination of striking and punching. In most grappling arts you are not striking and from lack of practice leave yourself unprepared for strikers. You only do, what you are trained to do. How can you expect to be prepared if you don’t practice what needs to be done? For example, when a hunter is planning to go out on opening day, what do most hunters do to prepare? They sight in their gun to be sure they know the gun is shooting right. Who wants to shoot around your deer? In fighting, who wants to leave holes in your offense or defense? That is why you need to learn striking and grappling combined.

Keep on training but always get rid of the holes in your fighting game by working on Judo, Jui Jitsu or wrestling to enhance your ground game. Also, train your stand up to work on striking combinations or you will be fair game when you actually get into a fight.