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

Definition of jujitsu

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

Examples of jujitsu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while business travel and conventions still lag, sporting events such as Utah Jazz games, volleyball, fencing, jujitsu and weightlifting are bringing in thousands of people from across the country. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Aug. 2022 The legal jujitsu in question is Assembly Bill 1242, by a Bay Area former corporate lawyer, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda). Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 This emotional jujitsu will get easier with practice. Liana Finck, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 Seehorn has been grappling with the weight of the day, attempting to use a form of emotional jujitsu on herself. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Trump’s rhetorical jujitsu was not lost on political leaders in other countries — particularly, but not exclusively, those with a populist or authoritarian bent. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 And the thing that helps me in [Company], when my character practices jujitsu, frankly. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Diaz fell in love with fighting at age 15, taking jujitsu classes at Cesar Gracie Academy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Easter, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2022 Goody Vault moved into their current digs, a 2801 Governors Drive S.W. space that was previously a jujitsu studio, in September 2021. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of jujitsu was in 1875

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20 Sep 2022

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“Jujitsu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jujitsu. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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