- a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
- the use of an opponent's strengths or one's own weaknesses to accomplish one's goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu, the way she handily won the debate. The town of Vacaville, in a prime example of touristic jujitsu, turned its isolation into an attraction in itself.
- to turn (a situation) to one's advantage by exploiting one's own weaknesses or another's strengths, as in a social or political relationship: He deftly jujitsued the conversation to make my knowledge of the subject seem pretentious.
Origin of jujitsu
Examples from the Web for jujitsu
Contemporary Examples of jujitsu
The attack on the World Trade Center's towers (and on the Pentagon, that breathtaking parenthesis) was a brilliant act of jujitsu.Osama bin Laden: Why He Won
May 15, 2011
Historical Examples of jujitsu
He grabbed the extended right arm to give it a jujitsu move up and to the back of the body.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
The boys are also taught asanas (postures), sword and lathi (stick) play, and jujitsu.Autobiography of a YOGI
He reached forward in a jujitsu maneuver, grabbed a coat sleeve and a handful of suit coat.Black Man's Burden
Dallas McCord Reynolds
jujutsu or jiujutsu
- the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samuraiSee also judo
Word Origin for jujitsu
also ju-jitsu, 1875, from Japanese jujutsu, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + jutsu "art, science," from Chinese shu, shut.