Ju-jutsu , (also known as Jujitsu or Ju-Jitsu), is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat. "Jū" can be translated to mean "gentle, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding." "Jutsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with one's own force.There are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches.

Jujutsu schools (ryū) may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (i.e. throwing, trapping, joint locks, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking, and kicking). Additionally many schools teach the use of weapons.

Today, ju-jutsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sport forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport and martial art of judo, which was developed by Kanō Jigorō in the late 19th century from several traditional styles of ju-jutsu, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which was in turn derived from earlier (pre–World War II) versions of Kodokan judo.

The style of ju-jutsu practiced at the Akins Academy is a form of "Nihon Goshin Gaijin Ju-jutsu". This is a style developed for self protection / self defence with its origins in the traditional Japanese martial art of ju-jutsu but also including elements of other martial arts including European styles e.g. boxing, Boxe-Francaise and wresting.

For safety reasons the techniques practiced by junior members are similar to modern judo techniques.