This is the primary patch for our club and is worn by all students on
the left side of their chest. Much like a police officer's badge, it harkens
back to traditional shields which would be carried with the left arm and
protect the heart as the right hand wielded an offensive weapon. This
patch names our style (ParaCombatives Jujutsu) along the top and the location
of our primary dojo (Northwestern University) along the bottom. Between
the top and bottom rockers there is an outer circle which names the arts
which have contributed the most to ParaCombatives: Miyama Ryu, Aikido,
Atemi, and Judo. The inner circle contains a styled Japanese character
read as "Bushido", translated as "The Way of the Warrior".
We began wearing the JJL patch after the death of our founder, John J.
Lewis. The three Japanese characters underneath John's initials are pronounced
"Samurai Kata Gi" and translate as "the spirit of the Samurai".
This patch is worn by all students on the left shoulder of their gi. We
wear this patch in memory of John and the spirit of martial skill, bravery,
and honor which he exemplified and instilled in his students.
This patch is worn on the left shoulder, just above the JJL patch, only
by those who have attained a yudansha rank. Owing to John Lewis's long
service in the military, it's design is reminiscent of the US Army's Airborne
patch. It includes the name ParaCombatives, the Bushido symbol, and the
depiction of a figure scuba diving and parachuting. (These two activities
were ones which John Lewis originally wanted all yudansha candidates to
complete before promotion. They remain as symbols of our dedication to
bringing our study of Jujutsu into our lives outside of the dojo.)