Jiu jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are highly effective martial arts with many similarities, BJJ was derived from the traditional jiu jitsu form. There are essential distinctions in their applications, as Jiu jitsu was mainly employed by the Japanese military, whilst Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is better suited to civilian practitioners.
Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that originated in Japan, and it focuses on grappling and ground fighting techniques. The techniques of Jiu Jitsu are designed to enable a smaller or weaker person to defend against a larger and stronger opponent by using leverage and submissions. Jiu Jitsu is a traditional martial art form that has been practiced for more than 2,000 years, being one of the first martial arts to be ever taught.
It was developed by the Japanese military forces to train soldiers for hand-to-hand combat. It utilizes both defensive and offensive techniques including ways to disarm an opponent and use weapons against them. To date, Japanese police and law enforcement train a variation of jiu jitsu, learning how to implement unarmed fighting styles.
When training jiu jitsu, students are taught about the culture and traditions of the sport, placing an emphasis on the importance of respect to opponents and teachers.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is considered a more modern form of jiu jitsu, originating in Brazil in the 1920s. It was formed off the basis of traditional jiu jitsu and has been influenced by judo and self defense techniques. While both Jiu Jitsu and BJJ share many techniques, BJJ focuses more on achieving dominant control positions on the ground before forcing a submission. BJJ also places more emphasis on sparring and competition and is regarded as the most efficient self-defense martial art by many.
BJJ grappling techniques are often used by UFC fighters as it teaches both attacking and defensive techniques. Leverage and weight distribution is used by smaller competitors to enhance physical strength and manipulate the opposition into a position where holds and submission techniques can be used.
BJJ is considered the most efficient in real world applications, as most street fights end up on the ground. It is also the least violent and relies less on physical strength, allowing practitioners to defeat stronger opponents. It fits for all types of people wanting to learn self-defense. Japanese Jiu Jitsu on the other hand has a wider variety of techniques and focuses also on respect and traditions. Both are amongst the most popular martial arts and will make you a great fighter with a good amount of training, there is no wrong choice.
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