What are the differences between Japanese or classical Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Japanese Jiu-Jitsu dates back centuries to the original Samurai martial arts. It was developed for use on the battlefield when the Samurai fought to the death and it’s secrets were passed down from one generation to the next. Over the centuries, classical styles of Jiu-Jitsu encompassed all the Judo throws of the Kodokan and Aikijutsu. there are many different elements and martial arts that fall under the umbrella of Japanese Jiu Jitsu and it became too complicated and cumbersome to master.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is much more simple to learn and use. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, developed by Carlos Gracie focuses only on a limited number of proven and effective techniques. In Gracie’s words “We don’t believe in teaching a ton of moves every class and the student walking away with limited knowledge. We prefer our students to know 20 techniques at 100%, than 100 techniques at 20%.” Find what works and focus on those skills and moves.
In BJJ, if you learn and practice 10-20 techniques and moves, you will become proficient in those techniques within the first year of training. As opposed to trying to master a hundred or more techniques, you will most likely become a “jack of all trades and a master of none”.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a very strong focus on grappling and the ground-game. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu places more importance on standing techniques, and Judo. Judo later evolved into an Olympic sport and does not allow leg locks, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uses leg locks frequently as submission holds. The ground fighting used in BJJ came from the Fusen Ryu style of Jiu-jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a progressive style of Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ techniques are constantly being developed and tested then used in competition. As Jiu-Jitsu competitors begin to develop counter moves to any technique (and then counters to those counters) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu evolves to adapt and grow.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu has grown into a competition sport and is often used in competitive MMA. Like Japanese jujitsu, BJJ features throws combined with joint locks, chokes, and submission holds. However, BJJ focuses on grappling on the floor (often referred to as ground and pound) and features no striking. The skills are taught through live training, practice and competitive sparring. The goal is to control your opponent, apply a submission holds such as a joint lock or stranglehold to get him to “tap out” signaling that he cannot escape and surrender.
The most important thing in Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu is working with a professional trainers. If you want to try it, contact with professional Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu Sydney trainers.