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Arlington Budoshin JuJitsu Dojo: Self Defense for the Rest of Us
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Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai George Kirby’s web site. Professor Kirby is the founder of Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, author of several books on Ju-Jitsu, the developer of the general curriculum on which our school’s syllabus is based, and the President of the American Jujitsu Association. There are two Budoshin JuJitsu forums, both excellent places to ask questions and access the top BJJ instructors around the country. The first is the BJJY Forum, the second is the BJJ LinkedIn group.

American Ju-Jitsu Association (AJA) On-line resource for information about the American Ju-Jitsu Association (AJA), our certifying organization. The AJA also has an AJA LinkedIn group.

United States Army This is the Army’s field manual for “Combatives” (FM 21-150). If anyone really knows if a technique works, it would be these men and women. (Their section on Close-Range Combatives will look most familiar to anyone with an interest in Ju-Jitsu.) Caution: there is a big difference between war and self-defense. While there is a large overlap in technique, our society (and the law) frowns on defending ourselfs on the street in ways that are prasied on the battlefield.

Stretching and Flexibility by Brad Appleton. A hyper-text discussion, in depth, of the physiology of stretching and flexibility along with the practical aspects of both.

An Ideal of Physical Fitness by Carolyn Stearns. While this could be listed under the “Commentary” section, Ms. Stearns description of fitness should be mandatory reading for all those aspiring life time fitness and martial arts. Strength training is important, but not to the exclusion of flexibility.

Learning From Olympians: Arlene Limas by Howard Schneider and Vicky Hallett. This is not specifically JuJitsu, but this local Olympic champion has some great observations about training, aging, and the value of martials arts.

Strategy v. Tactics By Kellene Bishop. While the presentation is aimed at women, just knowing the difference is important to anyone interested in Self-Defense.

The Truth of Self-Defense by Ron G. Anselm isn't about how to train but why, and why everyone of good character should study self-defense.



What Counts as Self Defense? ... The use of a sword makes for sensationalism and is what gets this story into the news, but at the end of the report is a good analysis of what counts, and what doesn’t.

Rise in Domestic Violence ... In the end, we must recognise an unacceptable situtation and change it.

The "Good Samaritan" scam ... the leason is at the end.

Self-Protection Quiz A short (three question) quiz about three different situations. See how you would respond.

Rate Your Risk If the above quiz got your attention, try this one. This site is a comprehensive survey of just how safe your life and life-style actually are. Take some time to see how you rate.

An Alarming Trend While primarily about home security systems, this article also provides some interesting insight into why thieves pick a certain house and how they follow through once a target has been selected.



What are Traditional Martial Arts? MMA? TMA? are they different? Does it matter?

Hollywood Isn’t Aiming for Realism Martial arts movies are not particularly realistic, but then that’s true of most movies. For an analysis of guns in the movies, Stephen Hunter has done a compelling, and frightening, job.

Secrets of a Black Belt Mother — 10 Mental Self-Defense Techniques Anyone Can Use. by Carol Krucoff. Not everything to be learned from practicing a Martial Art is technique. Carol Krucoff talks about some of these. Oh, and Ms. Krucoff got her Black Belt when she was “middle aged.”

Kathy’s Espresso Bar An eclectic (and eccentric) web site about Martial Arts. There are a number of essays musing about the arts along with a curious (and humorous) section on “You’ll know you’re a martial artist when...

Furyu: The Budo Journal This is the printed magazine’s web site with selected articles on line.

Koryu Online: Journal of the Classical Martial Arts The on-line magazine focusing on Classical Martial Arts. Book reviews, thoughtful commentary, great links.

Okuri Online: Journal of the American JuJitsu Association Here you will find selected articles from the AJA’s journal that range from practical (Surviving the Attach), to training (You Bet Your Life) to Historical (JuJutsu Ryu Names) to philosophical (Generosity).


Other Schools

Reston, VA - Reston Institute for Self-Defense

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Alexandria, VA - Budoshin JuJitsu Dojo

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Chantilly, VA - Budoshin JuJitsu Dojo

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Arnold, MD - Kaiwan Budokai

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Vancover, WA - Vancouver Institute of Self Defense

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Santa Clarita, CA - Budoshin JuJitsu Dojo

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other Budoshin JuJitsu schools around the country

other AJA schools around the country


Other Styles

Danzan-Ryu Jujutsu Founded by Seishiro Okazaki, this is an Hawaiian form of Jujitsu with roots in Judo. Here you will find terminology, essays, and techniques for the Danzan-Ryu curriculum.

The Judo Information Site Judo, a daughter of JuJitsu, is the most widely practiced martial art in Japan and is part of the national physical education curriculum in the schools. For in-depth information on the Judo portion of our art, this is an excellent site.

Aikido FAQ A large site dedicated to the other daughter of JuJitsu. More than a FAQ, this site contains Aikido terminology, short essays on different aspects of training, and a large number of video clips.

Aikido World Headquarters General information about Aikido, its history, characteristics and ideology.

Daito Ryu Aiki Bujutsu Not just a beautiful site (though it is that) here are articles on history, theory, techniques, philosophy on this ancient branch of Jujitsu. This is a good site for exploring.

Aiki Budokai “I am [...] only a practitioner who strives to honor the teachings and teachers whose kindness have inspired and guided me.” Sensei Jigme Chobang honors his teachers well with an informative and inviting site. You will find a wealth of student materials with an approach to training and the arts similar to ours. If I were in the Boston area looking for a dojo, this is the place I would start.

Stanford Aiki Jujitsu Another style of Ju Jitsu; good description of belt requirements


History and Philosophy

Okuri Online: Journal of the American JuJitsu Association Has a number of articles on both the historical philosohical aspects of JuJitsu:

The Development and Psychology of Bushido and Budo by Paul D. Short

A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

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