Jujutsu is a Japanese art with a long and interesting
history. Essentially, it was the samurai warriors' art of
unarmed combat, or more correctly, both unarmed combat and combat
with small arms.
Southern Cross Bujutsu teaches a modern form of jujutsu
suitable to produce a self defence capability relevant to our
modern society. It is for all ages from teenagers through to
Having some strategies and skills for workable self defence is
an important life skill for everyone to have. Learn useful
skills such as how to protect yourself when falling, which have
applications for day-to-day activities unrelated to self
Jujutsu provides for a wide range of responses to attacks,
allowing for evasion, controlling techniques, throwing techniques
and striking. The wide range of responses allows for a
proportionate response to an attack. It is important to
ensure (both from a legal as well as a moral perspective) that only
reasonable force is used to respond to an attack.
Whilst the emphasis is on empty-handed self defence methods,
weapons are taught to higher grades.
Despite self defence being such a serious subject, training is
conducted in a friendly way and training is an enjoyable and fun
activity. It is a fascinating, fun and intellectually
intriguing subject to practice and train. These are all good
reasons to do jujutsu and at the same time to develop a rewarding
and useful life skill.
Training and progressing through the syllabus are mentally and
physically challenging tasks. There is no doubt about this
and there are no shortcuts or easy ways. The more something
is worth having, the more effort is required to obtain it. We
focus on the individual requirements of each person. We do
everything we can to encourage each individual to maximize their
own improvement, no matter what the base level of their mental and
physical abilities may be at the outset. Being confident,
coordinated, athletic, strong and fit certainly all help.
Training improves all of these aspects for everyone. Each
individual starts from their own base and we focus on and encourage
improvements for each individual whatever their starting point may
There are separate classes for teenagers, adults and the more
senior members. Classes generally have equal proportions of
men and women. Jujutsu is also the basis of our programs for
women's self defence and for juniors.