Before MMA, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo there was Japanese Jiu-Jitsu—the hand-to-hand, close-combat martial art of the Japanese Samurai.
Japanese JIU-JITSU was never designed as a sport, or a game. JIU-JITSU is a fundamental ‘life-skill’ … a set of abilities that is necessary to help you survive in an increasingly hostile world. JIU-JITSU works consistently because it is based on simple applied physics, redirection of force, and focussed pain compliance. To train with BISSETT JIU-JITSU is to prepare for serious, potentially dangerous real-life situations.
In repeated life-and-death situations, JIU-JITSU has consistently saved the lives of those who have invested their time and effort in learning these critical skills.
No other system of self-defense employs the full range of tactics that belong to BISSETT JIU-JITSU, including extensive grappling and groundwork, all but ignored by most other combat or ‘Martial’ arts.
Our job at BISSETT JIU-JITSU is simply to provide the best training available anywhere to effectively deal with hostile confrontations. We prepare our students to act and respond appropriately to a complete range of attacks, and to be fluent with all aspects of facing confrontation.
About Bissett Jiu-Jitsu
Founded in 1978, BISSETT JIU-JITSU has been taught world-wide to police, military, private security, close-protection specialists and enthusiastic civilian students for almost four decades. As a part of JISHIN-RYU JIU-JITSU , our system has deep historic roots.
BISSETT JIU-JITSU is a practical and effective system of self-defense, designed for real-life situations, and that anyone can employ. Remembering that “Martial” literally means “Military”, BISSETT JIU-JITSU goes beyond just the basic principles of self-defense and employs Military Tactical and Strategic principles in order to provide our practitioners with the ultimate in Personal Protective strategy.
The Gentle Art
Language attempts to assign meaning to words, but there is almost always room for multiple meanings, and more than one interpretation of those meanings. Jiu-Jitsu is often translated to mean ‘The Gentle Art’, even though Jiu-Jitsu is now, as in the past, one of the most effective forms of close-combat ever practiced, and not what one would typically call ‘gentle’.
The principle of gentleness comes more from the specific use and redirection of force, not from it’s effects. From Jiu-Jitsu came many other forms of the martial arts common still today, from some forms of Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido and many other derivatives.
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), the founder of Aikido, sought a ‘peaceful path’ in developing aikido from Jiu-Jitsu, using the opponent’s aggression against them rather than being aggressive in response.
Jigaro Kano (1860-1938), founder of Judo, “the gentle way”. Judo taught yielding when it was advantageous to yield, and using the opponent’s balance and momentum against them.
Beyond this, ‘JIU’ or ‘JU’ also means ‘flexible’. ‘JITSU’ or ‘JUTSU’ means technique or art.
Certainly ‘flexible techniques’ hits the nail squarely on the head, in that Jiu-Jitsu techniques are adaptable and flexible in responding to a wide variety of attack situations.
About Shihan Chris Bissett
Chris Bissett has been involved in JIU-JITSU and TAI-JITSU since 1970. He received his first degree Black-Belt (Shodan) in 1975 and is currently an 9th Degree Black Belt in JISHIN-RYU JIU-JITSU and an 9th Degree Black Belt in JISHIN-RYU TAI-JITSU.
He is an author and internationally recognized authority in the fields of Protective Services and Combat Arts.
In recent years, Shihan BISSETT has been awarded rankings and recognition by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, the CIJJF, the WKF, the WAJS, Sanuces Ryu Ju-Jitsu, and by the late Master Moses Powell. Shihan BISSETT’s Ranks have been endorsed and countersigned by many of the top Jiu-Jitsu Masters in the world.
Beyond his own personal projects, Shihan Bissett continues to be an enthusiastic teacher, training and developing solid Black-Belts who represent the high standards of our Jiu-Jitsu system, and working towards the betterment and maintenance of Standards for Jiu-Jitsu, Tai-Jitsu, and Aiki-Jitsu in Canada.
Shihan Bissett has served as a Military Pilot with the Canadian Forces and with the United Nations, including tours in Europe, the Middle East, and Central America. He has field-tested our Jiu-Jitsu system in some of the worst environments, with outstanding results.
Connecting with BISSETT JIU-JITSU
With almost five decades of training and experience we’ve met some people and done some things. With well over 200 Black-Belts and many hundreds of students, we really enjoy hearing what’s going on in people’s lives. Whether you are a new or an old friend, or just want to learn more about BISSETT JIU-JITSU and how you can pursue it, we’d love to connect.