Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become quite the trendy fighting style yet most people don’t know there is a difference between this form of Jiu Jitsu and Japanese traditional Jiu Jitsu.  Brazilian  Jiu Jitsu has resulted from a combination of different Judo techniques.  Japanese Jiu Jitsu grappling techniques are fundamental to Judo.  Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two different types of Jiu Jitsu.


Traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu

Traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu developed as a system of fighting techniques and skills for self-preservation when faced with hand-to-hand combat with an opponent.  These techniques were used in the days of Japan’s original ninjas and Samurai warriors.  Japanese Jiu Jitsu was highly effective for unarmed combat.  Nowadays, Japanese Jiu Jitsu is taught in a more conventional martial arts environment as lives are no longer on the line.  In general, this approach to fighting is ideal for taking care of an opponent with speed and precision. 

It is interesting to note those who teach Japanese Jiu Jitsu are not interested in adding new techniques or altering the system but instead choose to focus on teaching techniques to their students.  Ask those who try this traditional approach to Jiu Jitsu and you will find it is highly effective for real-world fighting scenarios.  Fighters heap on the praise for traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu  as it provides the most significant return for the least investment. It won’t take long to master the basics of traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu as long as  your passion is sincere.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The Brazilian version of Jiu Jitsu was inspired by Brazil’s famous Gracie family.  Some still refer to this form of martial arts as Gracie Jiu Jitsu rather than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Even those who are slight in stature find Brazilian Jiu Jitsu effective as its unique techniques can disable opponents who possess considerably more strength and power.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is centered on an array of Judo techniques mastered by Helio Gracie.  Gracie was a small man with minimal strength so he focused on developing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques that would prove effective against much larger fighters.

One of the primary differences between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu is the training method.  Traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu fighters typically favor an approach centered on stability and hierarchy.  In contrast, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is more volatile.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters are famous for trying new techniques and strategies that have the potential to be implemented at higher levels.  In some fights, lowly-rated white belts surprise black belts and others with more experience through the prudent use of creative new moves and techniques.


Fighting Style Differences

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters are much more focused on sparring than traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu combatants.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters engage in full-force sparring at incredible rates of speed.  This type of fighting is unlike anything else you will see in martial arts.  Start training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and you will immediately notice just how volatile it is compared to other martial arts.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also different in that it is primarily centered on self-defense techniques and tactics.  Therefore, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu proves effective as a fighting strategy in real-world fights, even against opponents who are significantly stronger.  However, it must be noted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is rapidly growing as a sport so some of the new techniques being developed will not prove as effective in a real fight as they will in the ring.

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