Jūjutsu

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Jūjutsu (柔術, lit. "gentle art") is a martial art traditionally practised by the samurai class in feudal Japan. Originally there were many koryū styles comprising techniques devised for use on the battlefield or as part of the execution of a samurai's duty. Most of these schools focused on weaponry such as kenjutsu, but unarmed techniques were also studied and today these are known as jūjutsu.