art of Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese grappling method of fighting. The
grappling systems of Jiu-Jitsu can be traced to the sixteenth and
seventeenth century, during the Tokugawa Period in Japanese history.
The many styles of the period were developed from the close quarter
combat (kumi-uchi) methods used by the samurai (Japanese warrior).
Jiu-Jitsu (The Way Of Individual Character) was developed
from the classical arts of Jiu-Jitsu which were studied by Sensei
Dewey Deavers. In the year 1910, at the age of 20, the young
Deavers became interested in the Japanese fighting arts while observing
a skillfully executed demonstration by a group of traveling martial
artists. He was accepted as their student, later becoming a member
of the demonstration team himself. The techniques taught to Sensei
Deavers by his teachers were Jiu-Jitsu and Atemi-Waza, also known
as Karate-Jitsu. His system of Jiu-Jitsu includes: holding, choking,
striking, kicking and punching and throwing an opponent. Also included
are methods of disarming an opponent with a weapon.
Jiu-Jitsu is currently taught at the Allegheny
County Budo-Kai in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh by Hanshi
Joseph Hedderman, Sensei Deaver's successor. Kyoshi Hedderman,
a 10th-degree black belt in Koseido-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, 9th-degree black
belt in Chito-Ryu Karate and member of the Dai
Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK), has trained in the martial arts for
over 60 years. Through Sensei Deavers and Hedderman's commitment
to the martial arts, the South Hills dojo has offered continuous
instruction since its establishment in 1939.
1999, Kyoshi Terry Valentino, Kyoshi Hedderman's most senior
student and instructor, opened the Yoseikan Dojo in the North Hills
area of Pittsburgh where he offers traditional martial arts training
in Koseido-ryu Jiu-Jitsu and Chito-ryu Karate.
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