Thursday, October 30, 2008

What appeals to you about Jiu-Jitsu?

Here is a blurb that I have submitted for the Monash University Club Handbook. Let me know which bits appeal to you, what you think is missing, and whatanything jars:

About the Monash University Jiu-jitsu Club

The Jiu-Jitsu club offers weekly classes at both Caulfield and Clayton emphasizing:

  • Acquisition and perfection of martial art technique
  • Realistic self-defence skills
  • Development of all-round fitness
  • Personal and social development

in a safe and supportive environment. It is open to the Monash and local communities and is suitable for both women and men, small and large.

About Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-jitsu was the unarmed fighting art of the Japanese Samurai – the warriors of medieval Japan. If a Samurai lost or broke his sword in battle, he resorted to the striking and grappling techniques of Jiu-jitsu to defeat his enemy.

The term Jiu-jitsu literally means 'gentle art'. Jiu-jitsu emphasizes the efficient use of one's body. Good technique rather than brute strength is used to deliver effective self-defence.

The core elements of our style of Jiu-Jitsu are:

  • Throwing techniques
  • Restraint and control: Joint-locking and other arresting techniques
  • Ground-fighting
  • Pressure point striking
  • Practice against realistic common attacks

Club web-site



  • Sensei Tony Papenfuss, 4th dan black belt, and head instructor
  • 0419 894 449