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American Jiu Jitsu

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About program
Jiu Jitsu loosely translates as "the science of softness" or "the gentle art" and is applied to many schools of unarmed and hand-to-hand combat. Jiu Jitsu was the primary unarmed combat method of the Samurai.

The soft grappling style was intended to help unarmed soldiers to fight against armed enemies in any way possible, using the least amount of force necessary. Modern day Aikido, Judo, Brazilian Ju Jitsu and MMA are all descendents of Jiu Jitsu.

American Jiu Jitsu specializes in practical and effective self-defense. Size and flexibility are not important factors in achieving proficiency in this art since Jiu Jitsu does not rely on brute strength. American Jiu Jitsu is designed to handle attacks by applying pressure points to vital areas in order to cause intense but non-damaging pain and thus destroy the attacker's will to continue.

The aim of American Jiu Jitsu technique is to neutralize, control and discourage an attackerwith techniques that employ minimal strength yet generate maximum effect.

We aim to teach you how to defend yourself against modern day street attacks: that includes hand to hand combat, effective striking, throwing (judo and aikido), weapon defense (stick, knife and gun), multiple attack scenarios and ground assaults.
About program director
Francois Exilhomme
(781) 493-6345
Francois Exilhomme began his training in American Jiu Jitsu in 1998. Francois trained in many disciplines before American Jui Jitsu including Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Boxing. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Francois achieved the rank of Shodan, 1st degree Black Belt, in 2009 and became a certified instructor.

He is continuing his dedication to training and is studying to achieve Nidan, 2nd degree Black Belt in the near future. He enjoys teaching real-life self-defense to students of all ages and levels. You can get more information on the ages and programs for different ages at
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