About Ju Jitsu

JJAU is a non-government, not-for-profit organization that is recognized by both the JJIF and OCA.

The Ju-Jitsu Asian Union strives to grow the Ju-Jitsu community across Asia and to give more information on the value and advantages of Ju-Jitsu by giving them multiple opportunities to join.

Ju-Jitsu is a generic term for an almost undefinable system of fighting, primarily unarmed, but in some instance using weapons. JuJitsu Techniques are including of punching, kicking, striking, throwing, holding, locking, choking and tying as well as the use of certain weapons. Ju-Jitsu does not rely on brute strength but upon skill and finesse.

It is the use of minimum effort to achieve maximum effect. Applying this principle enables anyone, regardless of physique or stature, to control and release their energy to its greatest potential.

JJAU History Timeline

Ju Jitsu History in Asia

Ju Jitsu originated in Japan in the 16th century and has found its way to other countries in Asia as well as the rest of the world.

Japanese folklore describes how a native physician Shirobei Akiyama noticed that most tree branches broke during a blizzard, but some bent and freed themselves from the snow.

It was this observation that shaped Akiyama’s theory that Ju Jitsu does not respond to power with more power, with the aim being to absorb attacks and convert an opponent’s power into a move of one’s own benefit.

In the 17th century, over 2,000 schools were built in Japan to train students in Ju Jitsu and spread the sport.

Ju Jitsu, which translated to ‘gentle science’ or ‘techniques’, encourages the use of an opponent’s strength and weight against them through anatomical knowledge and the principle of leverage.

Unlike many other martial arts, Ju Jitsu doesn’t have a well-documented past. For hundreds of years, the knowledge was transmitted orally and covertly from teacher to pupil, mentor to follower, and father to son.

Since Ju Jitsu has such a long history, other arts or ‘ways’ were bound to develop from it. An ancestry stemming from Ju Jitsu can be found in both judo (the gentle way) and aikido (the way of the mind and spirit). Some of the techniques are also used in many forms of Karate, particularly Kenpo.

Hence, Ju Jitsu is a collection of methods that have been divided into different branches of martial arts.

The Ju Jitsu Asian Union (JJAU) focuses on spreading and expanding the Ju Jitsu community throughout Asia as well as educating people on the importance and benefits of the sport in their lives by providing them with numerous opportunities to participate.

Under the patronage of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the JJAU was re-established during the Constitutive General Assembly held in Abu Dhabi on 12 January 2014 Ju Jitsu

Ju-Jitsu Asian Union Re-established

With the help and under the patronage of OCA, the JJIF re-established the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union.

JJAU Board Members

The current elected Board Members:

H.E. Abdulmunem Alsayed M. Al Hashmi (UAE)


Sheikh Fahad Talal Al Fahad Al Sabah (Kuwait)

First Vice-President

Dr Mokhles Hassan Haidar Albu Mohammed (Iraq)

Vice-President West

Nurzhan Yelkeyev (Kazakhstan)

Vice-President Central

Jang Soonjo (South Korea)

Vice-President East

Chuchart Boonchai (Thailand)

Vice-President South-East

Mohammad Latheef (Maldives)

Vice-President South

Board Members 2014-2018

Yasuhiro Nakamori


Suresh Gopi


Dylan Sung

Chinese Taipei

Fahad Ali Al Shamsi

UAE - Appointed General Secretary

Francoise Saade


Seyed Amir Khoshbin


Dr. Jaffer Al Muthafer

As Deputy General Secretary

As expressed by Abdulmunem Alsayed M. Al Hashmi, Chairman of UAE Ju Jitsu Federation, the JJAU aims to provide a better framework for the athletes, referees, and officials.

Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, President of the Ju Jitsu International Federation, reaffirmed the organisation’s intent to spread the sport across various communities within the Asian continent, while Husain Al Musallam, OCA General Director, emphasised the value of a strong organisation, with strong leadership, clear statutes, and a vision in-line with JJIF ideas and rules.

Prior to the union’s re-establishment, Ju Jitsu was included in the 2009 Asian Martial Games. The sport has since joined the rosters of the Asian Beach Games (2014), the Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games (2017), the Asian Games (2018), and the South East Asian Games (2019).

Ju-Jitsu show strong performance in AIMAG 2017 … The 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which is also counted as the 5th Asian Indoor Games

Ju-Jitsu entered a new phase in August 2018. That’s when the sport became officially part of the Olympic movement by being one of the sports in the 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta, Indonesia. This issue is a document to be saved forever. It marks the epic days of competition in Asia and sets a pathway to even greater achievements in the future.