A martial art is a system of combat, often rooted in traditions of warfare developed over centuries of, often frequent, trial and error.  The legacy of these traditions are kept alive today in the myriad of various styles still practiced throughout the world.  In a modern context, martial arts are practiced for a variety of reasons and purposes, from practical self-defence to development of physical and mental well-being and discipline.  
Jitsu Ottawa trains in the style of Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu as a member of the national organization Jitsu Canada and internationally through the Jitsu Foundation based in the UK. Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu follows Japanese traditions in technique as well as uniform, terminology and protocol. For more details on the history of our style, see the Jitsu Canada website.
'Jiu Jitsu', or jujutsu, translated roughly into English means gentle/yielding method/technique, the premise being that you use an aggressive opponent's force against himself by yielding instead of meeting with opposing force. Jiu Jitsu traces its history back to days of feudal Japan where it was developed by the samurai as a means of unarmed defense on the battlefield (when weapons were dropped/lost) against armed and armored attackers. 
Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu brings together striking, throwing, and locking techniques, as well as ground fighting and weapons training to create a complete and comprehensive style that is complex and technical in practice yet simple and effective in application. Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu can be used by anyone irrespective of strength, weight or gender and new students do not need a high standard of physical fitness or flexibility to begin.  The training itself will increase endurance, strength, flexibility, and speed while at the same time allowing you to rely less on pure physical ability and more on technique as you progress.