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Jujutsu, Jujitsu - what's the difference?

Jujutsu, jujitsu, jiu jitsu - there's a wide range of spellings used to describe this Japanese martial art. The problem is that, in its native Japanese, none of these spellings are used. Instead the word is written using kanji, ideograms of Chinese origins. To translate these into the western alphabet used in the English language requires a series of somewhat arbitrary decisions.

The current standard for this translation provides us with jujutsu - the spelling adopted on this website. But back in the first half of the twentieth century, jiujitsu and then jujitsu were preferred. As this corresponded to a period of wider awareness of Japanese martial arts in the West, these earlier spellings have stuck in many places.

 

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