variants: or less commonly jujutsu or \ jü-​ˈjit-​(ˌ)sü \

Definition of jujitsu 

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

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The excellent if underused Michael K. Williams shows off a few jujitsu moves as Priest’s longtime supplier, while Esai Morales takes the story briefly south of the border as a ruthless drug lord. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Superfly' is a flashy, violent and fitfully compelling remake of the 1972 blaxploitation hit," 12 June 2018 Lovato flips her trainer Danielle Martin thanks to her six days a week MMA training schedule, which is made up of boxing, Muay Thai, ground fighting, and Brazilian jujitsu workouts. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "The Best Workouts of 2017, According to Celebs," 26 Dec. 2017 Demi Lovato recently got her blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu. Anton Corbijn, Vogue, "Meet the Self Defense Workouts With a Message of Empowerment for Women," 20 Dec. 2017 Twist my arm: Is jujitsu-style training really what police officers need in order to be less dangerous in the field? Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, "The Angle: Saddest Story Edition," 10 Aug. 2017 Practitioners, medical experts and behaviorists say karate, taekwondo and Brazilian jujitsu are powerful tools, teaching children to stay calm, keeping them fit, helping them focus and building their confidence. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Martial arts program seeks to provide confidence, focus to boys living in a troubled neighborhood," 26 Oct. 2017 The San Antonio Spurs team that beat the Heat in 2014 couldn’t have existed without their own salary-cap jujitsu. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "How Kevin Durant Made the Biggest Move in NBA Free Agency—Again," 5 July 2017 Yet through an act of narrative jujitsu, Trump and his allies have turned evidence that our intelligence agencies noticed their questionable contacts into vindication of their wild conspiracy theories. Michelle Goldberg, Slate Magazine, "I hope Susan Rice was keeping tabs on Trump’s Russia ties.," 3 Apr. 2017 But Maduro now appears to be well positioned to overcome the worst crisis of his presidency, after performing a kind of political jujitsu that turned the opposition's strength in numbers into a potential weak point. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Here’s why a division in Venezuela’s opposition coalition helps Maduro," 16 Aug. 2017

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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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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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