variants: or less commonly jujutsu or \ jü-​ˈjit-​(ˌ)sü How to pronounce jiujitsu (audio) \

Definition of jujitsu

: an art of weaponless fighting employing holds, throws, and paralyzing blows to subdue or disable an opponent

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Recent Examples on the Web Published in 2011, and expanded in 2018, the book is an intellectual history of the modern right as essentially counterrevolutionary, a political jujitsu that resists egalitarian reform. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019 That’s what spurred Carlos Renan dos Santos Evaldt, a banker who is the president of a gay sports club in Porto Alegre, to start offering jujitsu classes earlier this year. Washington Post, "‘Anyone could be a threat’: In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, LGBT people take personal defense into their own hands," 22 July 2019 Similarly, attracting top talent requires this kind of branding jujitsu. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Political Overreaction to Walmart’s P.R. Strategy," 5 Sep. 2019 Recinos is a three-time grand champion in international martial arts competitions, a first-degree black belt in jujitsu and taekwondo, and an instructor at the Hebei Chinese Martial Arts Institute in Richardson. Bruce Tomaso, Dallas News, "Grit and grace: SMU's Hal Recinos left street life to become poet and professor," 19 Aug. 2019 Same as jujitsu or Spartan Races or cooking, that focus can feel euphoric. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Motorcycles," 8 July 2019 Neutrinos come in three flavors, morphing from one flavor to another by means of some quantum jujitsu. Quanta Magazine, "On a Hunt for a Ghost of a Particle," 8 Dec. 2016 Through the years, she’s done triathlon, jujitsu, boxing, swimming and barre classes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "When it comes to fitness, she’s in it for the long run," 4 June 2019 On that point, some believe Ms. Warren’s DNA ploy was actually a clever act of jujitsu against her 2020 Democratic rivals, especially Sens. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Warren and PC Power," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of jujitsu

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jujitsu

Japanese jūjutsu, from weakness, gentleness + jutsu art, skill

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28 Sep 2019

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“Jujitsu.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jujitsu. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of jujitsu

: a form of fighting without weapons that was developed in Japan : a Japanese martial art

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