Japanese Jujutsu /Jiu Jitsu  (JJJ) is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed (or unarmed) opponent using throws, joint locks, strikes, or weapons. The word jujutsu is often spelled as jujitsu or ju-jitsu. It is also known as Japanese ju-jitsu.


“Jū” can be translated to mean “gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.” “Jutsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique” and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force. Jujutsu developed among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.




There are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jujutsu schools (ryū) may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking, and kicking). In addition to jujutsu, many schools teach the use of weapons.


Our style of JJJ is called Goshin, which literally means ‘self defence’. We teach modern combatives, weapon retention, arrest, escort and other no non-sense life saving skills. Our Jujutsu Program is run by Renshi Ari Knazan, who is a 4th degree black belt and one of the highest ranking practitioners of the art on Vancouver Island. He has 30 years experience in the martial arts and is a police officer for the Victoria Police.


We are under the direction of 8th Degree Black Belt Steve Hiscoe of the Canadian Jujutsu Union.

Certified Black Belts under Ari Knazan:


Dan Philips, 3rd degree (June 2008, 2012, 2015)

Jason Verbitsky, 2nd degree (Aug 2013, 2016)

Alan Orr, 2nd degree (Aug 2013, 2015)

Eldar Ebrahimi 1st degree (Dec 2016)

Colin Bucknell, 1st degree (May 2009)

Luke Markoff, 1st degree ( Nov 2011)

Kyoshi Steve Hiscoe and Renshi Ari Knazan

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