A Brief History
Currently, a misconception exists as to the true nature of Jujutsu. Due to the current media and the overwhelming popularity of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, many non-practitioners believe that all Jujutsu is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. This is simply not the case. Without going into the history of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, it is a fair assessment to say that the art is a sport that focuses primarily on grappling.
Traditional Japanese or Okinawan Jujutsu is much different. Traditional Jujutsu finds its origins in the Samurai arts. It is a battlefield art designed to disarm your opponent of their melee weapon so that you can use it yourself. Traditional Jujutsu focuses on joint locks and breaks because these techniques were effective if your opponent had on full armor.
After the Feudal Era in Japan, Jujutsu was refined into something beautiful and elegant. Like any other art, styles of Jujutsu vary from brutal and lethal to gentle and forgiving.