KUWAIT CITY, April 18: Martial Arts fanatics in Kuwait are up on their toes these days as they get a taste of the latest sport craze — Ju-Jitsu. Ju-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon, disclosed Sensei Abdulwahab M. Alburaidi, the National Technical Director of World Ju-Jitsu Corporation Kuwait (WJJC-K) who holds Ju-Jitsu training classes thrice a week for kids and adults at the Hassan Abul Sports Centre in Dasma.
“Ju-Jitsu is the modern of street-fighting and a very useful form self-defence especially at these fast changing times,” explained Alburaidi to his students as he demonstrated to them the various kinds of punches from the straight punch, hook, upper cut and hammer punch and some grappling techniques.
He outlined there are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Ju-Jitsu schools may utilise all forms of grappling techniques to some degree such as throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking and kicking.
The WJJC-K which is the first Ju-Jitsu group in the Middle East is a non-profit sports organisation that operates under the World Ju-Jitsu Corporation (WJJC) — an international organisation based in Florence, Italy that is both modern and still deeply-rooted in the English Ju-Jitsu style.
The WJJC is entirely devoted to studying and developing both Ju-Jitsu and Ko-Budo, both in the sports sector and in the professional sector. The WJJC is based in the United Kingdom, the head-office being in London, England, with its headquarters being in Florence, Italy. Shodai Soke Adriano Busà is the founder of the World Ju-Jitsu Corporation.
He is a Ju-Jitsu and Ko-Budo expert and a highly skilled professional in self-defense techniques for Police and Military.
Alburaidi who has been with the Kuwait National team works closely with Busa and teaches the Japanese Ju-Jitsu and not the Brazilian Ju-Jitsu to his students every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
“Japanese Ju-Jitsu is more street, traditional, focusing on locks and throws that might be dangerous to practice under full resistance. It is good if you want to learn cooler looking techniques that could potentially put down an attacker much more quickly and be more street practical,” he pointed out.
In his class, students get to earn their belt depending on their progress on the Ju-Jitsu class syllabus.
“Ju-Jitsu is for everyone, regardless of one’s age, nationality or gender. You can take up the classes at your own pace, no pressure. The knowledge and skills that you will acquire from Ju-Jitsu will definitely equip you on how to be out of harm’s way,” stressed Alburaidi.
Students feel a sense of achievement every time they move from one belt colour to a higher one. “It always feels good to be learning new techniques in Sensei Abdulwahab’s class. There’s always something new to look forward too. It’s never boring unlike other martial arts classes. With Ju-Jitsu, there’s always a colourful variety of movements and techniques,” quipped Robert Bulquiren, who has been in the Ju-Jitsu class since February this year.
To those who are interested to join the Ju-Jitsu classes, they may check the group WJJC_Kuwait on Instagram or its website on www.wjjckw.com or www.wjjc.biz or may contact 99583552 for more details.
By Michelle Fe Santiago
Arab Times Staff