Neo-Jujutsu (ネオ柔術) is a modernized approach to the practice of jujutsu. Neo-Jujutsu is an evolution or adaptation of traditional jujutsu, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, to meet the needs and challenges of the present time. It is a contemporary interpretation that incorporates elements from other martial arts, modern training methodologies, and innovative approaches to combat. It reflects a progressive mindset that seeks to evolve and enhance the art for practical application in today’s world.
The year was 1987, and a young martial arts enthusiast named Daniel Brackins began his lifelong journey into the world of combat arts at the age of seven. With nothing but his drive to learn and an unwavering passion, Daniel embarked on an ambitious and, ultimately, transformative journey.
Not bound by any particular style or lineage, he turned to an array of martial arts systems, dissecting, learning, and integrating aspects from each into his training regimen. Over the years, he took a deep dive into the varied realms of jujutsu, unraveling the nuances that each style offered.
Driven by his thirst for knowledge and a vision to create a martial arts system rooted in practicality, adaptability, and respect for tradition, he began to formulate the unique structure of Neo-Jujutsu in 1996. The decade of committed training, exploration, and personal growth led Daniel to develop a system that wasn't tied to one style but instead was a symbiosis of multiple martial arts.
Neo-Jujutsu, was a testament to his self-taught journey. Daniel's path was reflective of early jujutsu practitioners, innovating and learning from various influences, testing and honing their skills in real-world scenarios.
From the solitary echoes of self-taught discipline to the rich interplay of martial art systems, Neo-Jujutsu emerged as a system grounded in adaptability, innovation, and a ceaseless pursuit of knowledge. The journey from 1987 to the present day stands as a testament to the unyielding spirit of one man and his dream to offer a martial arts system that encourages continuous learning and growth.
The system follows a unique approach, using white belts exclusively to signify both kyu and dan ranks. This follows the tradition of early jujutsu schools only wearing white belts regardless of rank.
This tradition continues with the addition of white and red stripes to denote progress.
A student begins with a white belt and earns up to 10 white stripes, each representing a kyu rank, over a period of approximately five years.
Upon mastering all kyu level techniques, strategies, and philosophies, the practitioner earns a red stripe, signifying their progression to the dan ranks and the start of their own personal journey.
Each subsequent red stripe, up to a maximum of 10, represents an additional four years of dedicated practice, deepening understanding, and contribution to the Neo-Jujutsu system.
The system emphasizes a lifetime commitment to mastery and self-development, with the journey from novice to 10th dan taking about 45 years.
The name Neo-Jujutsu reflects the essence of this martial art, emphasizing its forward-thinking approach and departure from rigid traditionalism. The term "neo" derives from the Greek word for "new" or "revived," highlighting the modernized and revitalized nature of the practice. By combining this concept with the core principles and techniques of jujutsu, Neo-Jujutsu emerges as a dynamic and progressive martial art, ready to meet the challenges of the present time.
In traditional martial arts, the gi is more than just a uniform. It's a symbol of discipline and respect, and integral to many grappling techniques.
However, it's also a product of a specific time and place. In modern times, the chances of encountering an assailant dressed in a gi, are slim to none. Even those wearing a jacket are confined to specific climates and seasons.
By training without the gi, Neo-Jujutsu prepares its practitioners for realistic self-defense scenarios. This approach supports the philosophy that martial arts training should reflect the conditions and situations one is most likely to encounter in real life.