Loyola University Maryland

Jujitsu Club at Loyola

Japanese Ju-Jitsu


Our style of Ju-Jitsu is a system of combat martial arts and philosophy used by the samurai in Japanese antiquity. It is also the parent art of many classical Japanese arts, such as Judo, Karate, Akido, and it dates back over 2500 years! The material taught in class covers throwing, grappling, striking, forms, drills, and break-falls. Ju-Jitsu is both a graceful and beautiful art, as well as an effective system of self defense. Students can be promoted in the club through Maru Martial Arts. The Maru Dojo is a certified Dojo under the American Ju-Jitsu Association. With good attendance and hard work, students can reach their black belts within four years. Hanshi Donna Mathews has promoted 18 black belts during her years here at Loyola. All of her assistant instructors are Loyola graduates.

The American Ju-Jitsu Association is the only Ju-Jitsu organization in the USA officially classified by the US Government as an amateur athletic association.

Students can eventually learn to use martial arts weapons such as the Jo (short-staff), broadsword, nunchaku, and other weapons. As a member of the Ju-Jitsu club, you will notice your coordination, speed, flexibility, concentration, and patience all increase with training. Whether you are searching for traditional martial arts, a sport like environment, or even a great workout, the benefits that Ju-Jitsu offers in terms of personal development are countless. Instructors from Maru Martial Arts teach the class. This is a certified black belt course. Come to class, do the work, and you can have your black belt when you graduate.

The club, now in its 30th year, offers membership to all current Loyola students, alumni, staff, and faculty, both female and male. We currently hold class three times a week during the school year (see the Schedule or go to the Update page), in the studio 207 2nd floor of the Fitness and Aquatic Center. Please feel free to stop by a class and see what truly goes on inside the club.

Up-front Cost for Classes

Long pants and a crew neck T-shirt are required for participation.

Philosophy of Ju-Jitsu

Ju-Jitsu, which translates to 'the gentle art', is among the most effective and potentially destructive martial arts known to man. It is one of the most ancient martial arts, having been developed and honed over 2500 years. The Ju-Jitsu canon is also the basis for many of the more modern arts, including Judo, Karate, and Aikido. A student proficient in the art of Ju-Jitsu has studied techniques that are a combination of Judo (emphasizing throws and leverage), Akido (focusing on nerves and attacker momentum), Karate (specializing in striking and kicking), and other martial arts. A student proficient in the art has the option of doing great bodily harm to his adversary. The practitioner also has the choice of causing his opponent to sense severe pain without any actual injury taking place.

Because of this potential, the serious Ju-Jitsu student also accepts a philosophy of non-violence: a physical confrontation should be avoided whenever possible. The Ju-Jitsu student must adopt an attitude of tolerance and self-control: he must bend like the willow. These principles will help the student become a better person, and simultaneously help her avoid unnecessary confrontations. It is the inner peace and confidence that the student develops that makes this possible. Patience is key.

A properly trained student will do everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation, not only because she knows that such a confrontation is unnecessary, but also because he knows that he has a better than average chance of successfully defending himself (therefore, proving it is unnecessary), and because a physical confrontation is philosophically degrading, as it indicates that all other means of avoidance have failed. If it is necessary to use Ju-Jitsu against an adversary, the student must still use self-restraint and good judgment. He must use his knowledge only to protect himself and others from harm, and then only to the extent to protect and remove himself from the situation.