The sport of Ju-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport governed by the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF), based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The federation was founded as recently as 1998 from the expansion of the European Ju-Jitsu Federation. This was necessary as the sport was developing into a competitive version of Jujutsu. The version is also known as Sport Ju-Jitsu. JJIF is a member of the General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA) and is also the only Jujutsu/Ju-Jitsu organisation recognised by these governing bodies. Ju-Jitsu under the rules of JJIF is part of the World Games and World Combat Games. Delegates of Germany, Italy and Sweden formed the European Ju-Jitsu Federation (EJJF) in 1977. With the increase of membership of nations from within Europe and further afield, the federation became the International Ju-Jitsu Federation (IJJF) in 1987. The original EJJF also became the first continental union member (EJJU), while eleven years later IJJF decided to change the name to the Ju-Jitsu International Federation.  

Traditional Jujutsu has been taught by different schools in Japan as far back as the 15th century. JJIF has no authority over these schools, who are rather run by leaders who claim their leadership from their ancestral heritage passed down over several hundred years. Jutsukas is the name given to athletes practicing Ju-Jitsu. There are three types of competitions at an international level: The Duo system, the Fighting system, and Ne Waza. In Duo a pair of Jutsukas from the same team put on a series of self-defense techniques on display against 12 attacks. These attacks are randomly chosen by the referee. Fighting is a one-on-one approach between two athletes with the system divided into several categories based on sex and weight. For this aspect of the competition, the athletes stand out for their timing, agility, strength and endurance. Ne-Waza is a ground technique where no punches or kicks are allowed. The goal is to win by submission with a lock on the joints or strangulation. This technique is described as the chess game of martial arts. Through the foundation laid over hundreds of years with traditional Jujutsu, JJIF is taking sport Ju-Jitsu further as one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world.  

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