The Origin of Jujutsu
Before the advent of modern weapons, man needed a means of survival against his enemies. He taught himself to run, jump, throw, hold, punch and kick. In this way, prehistoric man developed techniques that are employed in Jujutsu, aikido, judo karate, wresting and sumo.
Evidence in the authorized chronicle of Japan (Nihon Shoki) shows that a contest held in 230 B.C. was a close-contact martial arts fight. The contest was held between Takemi-Kazuchi-No-Kami and Takemi-Nakata-No-Kami. Takemi-Kazuchi-No-Kami took his opponent's arm joint and threw his opponent to the ground. He was made ruler as a reward. Another very bloody contest was held between Nomino-Sukune and Taimano-Kehaya. Nomino-Sukune hit his opponent's chest with his hand, threw his opponent onto the ground, and kicked him to death.
The account of these fights is the earliest record we have of Jujutsu. Later, Jujutsu (or yawara) appeared in literature in the "Once Upon a Time Tales" (Konjaku-monogatari) of the 11th century. Over the centuries Jujutsu was called by such names as kumiuchi, kogusoku, taijutsu, wajutsu, torite, koshinomawari, hobaku, etc. Because the warriors of these accounts wore armor, the techniques consisted mainly of knocking down and then harming their opponents.
Jujutsu became more formally organized in the latter half of the 16th century, and various ryu (schools or styles) were created between the 17th and 19th centuries. According to Tomiki, there were 179 styles of Jujutsu during this period. In those days, the warriors wore light dress, and many Jujutsu techniques employed were joint techniques. Warriors trained for physical skill, but the buiding of one's character was of the utmost importance as Jujutsu players came strictly from the military class of Japanese society, or the Samurai.
History of Judo
In 1882 the honorable Professor Jigoro Kano took concepts and techniques from several styles of Ju Jutsu (among them were Kito Ryu and Tenshin-Shinyo Ryu) and founded the art of Kodokan Judo. JuJutsu in Japan began to die out. Because of the masters who immigrated to the West, the art survived intact. Masters like Henry Seishiro Okazaki (founder of Danzan Ryu JuJutsu) and Kiyose Nakae (Modern JuJutsu) did what was in their time considered taboo among the Japanese; they taught non-Asian students.
Zenbu Ryu Jujutsu Origin
This brings us to Professor Florendo Madriaga Visitaction-or as he is more commonly known, Professor Vee. Prof. Vee has studied many martial arts in his lifetime and has founded what is commonly known as Vee Jitsu. Through his many years Prof. Vee never stopped being a student and always sought to further his knowledge of the martial arts. As Professor Vee's knowledge and experience expanded so did his system of martial arts. The name of Prof. Vee's system evolved from Vee Jitsu to Vee Jitsu Ryu JuJitsu to Vee Arnis Jitsu and several others in between. Today many experienced students and the modern systems of JuJutsu have their roots with Professor Vee and Vee Jitsu. This is true of Zenbu Ryu JuJutsu.
Sensei Lou Zuccaro
One student of Prof. Vee is Sensei Louis Zuccaro. Sensei Lou has been a student of the martial arts since the age of ten when his uncle Ray (Sensei Raymond Eramus Purificato) took him to study JuJutsu with O Sensei Joseph Murgola (A master of a modern form of Yoshin Ryu JuJutsu). At that time Sensei Lou also took up study with Professor Visitacion. Sensei Lou studied Vee Jitsu, and many of its evolutions, up to Niesei Goshin Jutsu. Like Prof. Vee, Sensei Lou kept an open mind about martial arts and studied as much as he could.
In an effort to make ends meet the school was shared by several martial arts instructors. There were classes in Jujitsu, Judo, Goju Karate, and Kung Fu. Training five to six days a week in this format, Sensei Lou was "cross-training" before the term was even popular. This training and lots of hard work made him a well-rounded, complete martial artist. He began teaching in the 70s, in the 1980's Sensei Lou would come to open his own Dojo in his home on Staten Island, NY. , and On August 8th, 1998 Sensei Louis Zuccaro took his devoted students and founded the art of Zenbu Ryu Ju Jutsu. Spreading his philosophy, methodology, and techniques to the next generation of Martial Artists via schools in Albany, Staten Island and Manhattan.
Today he continues to keep all the lessons of the martial arts and the ways of Bushido close to his heart. Sensei Lou expects his students to learn the values and traditions that he holds dear. He is a beloved teacher and mentor to his students.
Founder of Kodakan Judo
Henry Seishiro Okazaki
Founder of Danzan-Ryu Jujutsu
Florendo M. Visitacion
Sensei Lou Zuccaro
Founder of Zenbu Ryu Jujutsu