Two blog posts ago I wrote about Jujutsu and Jeet Kune Do (or JKD for short). JKD is a relatively modern "style" or system and therefore it is quite natural that Bruce Lee would incorporate aspects of other styles besides Wing Chun into his JKD. But what of the ancient Chinese system of Tai Chi and the comparatively old Japanese Jujutsu? What could a style known for slowness and flowing movements have in common with a style known for fast and bone breaking movements?

To answer that, could you please do me a favor? Could you please look at this Tai Chi video and tell me how many Jujutsu movements you see? I see almost one Jujutsu technique for every movement in this 37 short form Tai Chi...Maybe you can see more!

Now some of you won't be able to pick out the Jujutsu like techniques, and that is ok, but if you have trained in both Tai Chi and Jujutsu I do believe you will see the connection. This should not be surprising, as Akiyama Shirobei Yoshitoki, one of the main Japanese to influence Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu is said to have traveled to China; if that is the case then I certainly can see him at least observing, if not learning some of the Chinese martial arts while there.

Be that as it may, at the end of the day every culture has but: one head, two hands, two elbows, two knees, and two feet.