Had a friend define ‘Jiu-Jitsu’ on his website recently, and thought I’d take a shot at it:
Jiu-Jitsu is about…
…Survival (Minimizing Trauma), Leverage (Structure Vs. Strength)…
Darn, not re-editing the above, because realizing all the central themes of Jiu-Jitsu overlap in a way where it’s almost a misnomer to make them seperate and distinctive.
For instance a Survival based strategy is going to be energy Efficient and incorporate Timing and Leverage.
Sensitivity through relaxation on the other hand, is going to help our Timing and energy Efficiency.
So yeah, it’s not about any one principle, but how well things blend together in any given moment.
Lastly, something I haven’t mentioned is Distance, in that you generally want to be either super close or far away from your opponent as middle ranges open you up to counter-attacking Guard Passes, Escapes, and Strikes.
Distance would probably fit into Structure, Leverage, and Survival well.