Mini Biography Hanshi Darrell LaFrance

Canadian Hanshi LaFrance has been a martial artist for over 35 years and holds a 9th degree black belt. He is founder of Kumo Jiu Jitsu and is the highest ranked grappling instructor in Canada.

Also recognized internationally as a leading authority on grappling, he travels across the globe teaching. In 1995, he was voted Instructor of the Year by the Canadian Jiu Jitsu Association, and in 2000, he was appointed Vice President of the Canadian Jiu Jitsu Association. he was head coach of the three-time World Champion Canadian Grappling Team. The IDMA team welcomes this highly recognized grandmaster to its program.

Kumo Jiu Jitsu History

Kumo Jiu Jitsu was founded by Hanshi LaFrance and patterned after the fighting style of the spider (Kumo, meaning "spider" in Japanese). This Jiu Jitsu style teaches self-defense, kicking, punching, pressure points, throwing, ground defense, off balancing techniques, and controlling your opponent with little energy or force.

Jiu Jitsu is mainly a wrestling style of combat with techniques designed for combatants wearing armor. With restricted movement, the generous movements found in some other martial arts are not found in this art. Jiu Jitsu was limited to throwing, joint locking, striking, choking, and pinning, and defense against weapons.

Although Jiu Jitsu existed since late 700 AD where it was utilized by the Samurai, it wasn't until after the 1600s that it developed into a systematic martial art taught by numerous masters.

At one point, when the Samurai were disgraced in 1873 and the government banned the practice of their martial art, it led to the decline of Jiu Jitsu's popularity. In secret, the art was maintained, so after the laws were finally revoked in 1951, it once again was openly pursued and sprouted popularity.

About Jiu Jitsu

Like the ancient form of Jiu Jitsu, the Kumo style combines Karate, Aikido, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu together with ground techniques of grappling.

Jiu Jitsu's philosophy is a defense against all attacks, in any situation, and without having to rely on strength and power.

"Jiu" implies the idea of relaxing and yielding. "Jitsu" implies style and an art form. When combined together, they mean, "the gentle art" or "the yielding art".

Kumo Jiu Jitsu's goal is to use the opponent's strength against them, thus characterizing Jiu Jitsu as seeing the attack, accepting and yielding to the attack, taking control of the attack, redirecting the attack, and then increasing the attack.

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