Small Circle JuJitsu
|Country of origin||USA|
|Famous practitioners||Bruce Lee|
|Parenthood||Danzan-ryū, Jujutsu, Judo, Boxing|
Jay primarily studied Danzan-ryū jujutsu under Seishiro Okazaki (also known as Henry S. Okazaki) in Hawaii. He was awarded a Certificate of Mastery from Okazaki on 1948-02-22. Previously he had studied boxing, judo and jujutsu. As Wally Jay gained knowledge and experience in the martial arts, his perspective on how traditional techniques could be improved was heightened. Ultimately, it was during his two years of training under the Hawaiian Judo Champion, Ken Kawachi, which gave him the principles he needed to formulate his system of Small Circle JuJitsu. Kawachi had stressed wrist action to gain superior leverage against an opponent. This wrist action is prevalent in Small Circle Jujitsu techniques and over the years Wally Jay made radical changes in the techniques he acquired.
He has produced many national, state, and regional judo and jujitsu champions. In 1968 David Quinonez and in 1970 Bradford Burgo were recipients of the Yamaguchi Award "for their outstanding showing" when they captured the 120 pound crown.
Small circle jujitsu techniques are smooth and functional because of the integration of the flow, in which interchangeable techniques are used to counterattack. The flow emphasises the smooth transition between various locks and throws in order to remove any "hard stops". It allows a practitioner to seamlessly transition between techniques and makes counter-measures against opponents quicker and smoother.
Small Circle Jujitsu continues to evolve from a combination of various martial arts theories, styles and movements. It contains Ten Principles, which were guidelines by which a practitioner of Small Circle JuJitsu could improve upon the fundamental basics involved in the functionality of their technique.
- Mobility and Stability
- Avoid the Head On Collision of Forces
- Mental Resistance and Distraction
- Focus to the Smallest Point Possible
- Energy Transfer
- Create a Base
- Sticking Control and Sensitivity
- Rotational Momentum
- Transitional Flow (which includes):
- Exert Continual Pain During Transitions
- Create Maximum Pain Without Dislocating Joint
- Mobility During Transition Rather than Stability