Jiu Jitsu Vs. Ju Jutsu

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Jiu Jitsu Vs Ju Jutsu: Introduction

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What is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and grappling techniques. It is an effective selfdefense system that utilizes leverage and joint manipulation, enabling practitioners to gain an advantage over larger opponents. Once grappling is initiated, a skilled jiu jitsu practitioner can dictate the fight. They can decide wether or not to go to the ground, and if forced to the floor will have the skills to disable joints until the opportunity arises to attack the neck, and and the fight.

What is Ju Jutsu?

Ju Jutsu is a traditional Japanese martial art that combines striking, grappling, and weapons training. It emphasizes practical, realworld applications and is designed to teach practitioners how to defend themselves in a variety of situations.

A Brief Overview of the History of the Two Martial Arts:

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Jiu Jitsu is believed to have originated in Japan in the early 19th century, out of what is today modern Judo. Ju Jutsu on the other hand has been practiced in Japan for centuries. Jiu Jitsu emphasizes ground fighting and grappling, while Ju Jutsu is a more comprehensive system that includes striking, grappling, and weapons training. In modern times, the two martial arts have become more distinct, with Jiu Jitsu focusing primarily on ground fighting and Ju Jutsu emphasizing practical, realworld applications.

How do we compare Japanese Ju Jutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

When comparing Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jutsu, there are both similarities and differences to be aware of. Here is a breakdown of these similarities and differences:


Both Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jutsu have their origins in Japan, with Jiu Jitsu being derived from Ju Jutsu. The two martial arts share many of the same underlying principles, making it easy to transition between the two disciplines. Unless I’m mistaken, the lineage of arts goes something like this: Ju Jutsu > Judo > Kosen Judo > Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jutsu have distinct training philosophies. Jiu Jitsu training usually involves working with a resisting partner to control and submit them. In contrast, Ju Jutsu emphasizes demonstration and choreographed patterns, known as kata.

Due to the inclusion of strikes and weapons in Ju Jutsu, practitioners often focus on kata and willing partners to minimize injury risks. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, however, emphasizes live sparring. This live practice gives BJJ an edge over traditional Ju Jutsu. Still, it’s worth noting that while Japanese Ju Jutsu does not typically pressure test their techniques, they ntegrate weapons and strikes, which most BJJ schools ignore.

The Advantages of Jiu Jitsu

One of the most appealing aspects of Jiu Jitsu is its adaptability. Compared to Ju Jutsu, Jiu Jitsu encourages practitioners to experiment with novel techniques and strategies. This flexibility makes it possible for practitioners to customize their training to suit their own needs and preferences, as well as to form their techniques to different situations.

This open ended mind set is fundamental the art, dating back to Helio Gracie, who changed the Kosen Judo techniques taught to him to acommodate his smaller less athletic attributes, thus birthing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Self Defense

Another major advantage of Jiu Jitsu is its effectiveness as a selfdefense system. Primarily, for a self defense system to be effective, it must address grappling. Otherwise, you lack an understanding the most dangerous place to be in a fight: the ground. From a statistics point of view, all of the most dangerous situations occur when the attacker is attached to you, and you cannot get away from them. They can take you anywhere they want, and do anything they want with little to no impediment to their actions. Worse, is when the attacker is on top of you, and has free reign to deal damage with impunity. In order to properly defend yourself, you must be able to effectively navigate a grappling situation, and turn the fight in your favor.

Physical Benefits

In addition to its practical applications, Jiu Jitsu has many physical benefits. I have noticed an increase in my physical strength and stamina since I started training in Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu can be practiced in many different ways, and if desired, the practitioner can experience intense physical stress while training. For example, a 90min session composed of 12, 6min rounds will spike your hear rate and keep it high for an extended period of time, giving you intense stimulus that your body will adapt to.

Psychological Benefits

From a psychological perspective, I have experienced many benefits. Particularly in my mindfulness. Since starting my training in 2015, I have learned to observe my psychological state and make adjustments on the fly. By no means am I a warrior monk, but I can now see my emotional responses for what they are, and act accordingly. While I am training I can notice myself becoming frustrated and can more easily interrupt any bad behavior before hurting myself, or someone else.

To put it plainly, I’m in the best shape of my life, mentally and physically. To me, BJJ is the ultimate challenge of both mind and body while simultaneously expressing myself artistically – albeit somewhat violently. Since starting, I am a more fit, more thoughtful, more durable human who is more capable of defending himself and others.

Advantages of Ju Jutsu


Training in traditional martial arts such as Japanese Ju Jutsu is not just about physical prowess, but also about cultivating mental and spiritual discipline. The structured curriculum, with its focus on etiquette, hierarchy, and respect, instills a sense of order and self-restraint in practitioners. Each kata, stance, or movement has an underlying philosophy, urging students to reflect on their purpose and meaning. This consistent reflection and rigorous practice, rooted in centuries-old traditions, shape not just fighters, but disciplined and principled individuals.


Ju Jutsu is a versatile martial art, offering practitioners a variety of techniques that can be used in different situations. From standup fighting, to grappling, to ground fighting, Ju Jutsu provides practitioners with a variety of options to choose from.


Seamless Transition to Other Martial Arts

Ju Jutsu is also a great option for those looking to combine it with other martial arts. As a result of its focus on leverage and body mechanics, Ju Jutsu techniques can be easily adapted to other martial arts, such as Judo, Aikido, and Karate. This allows practitioners to expand their repertoire and utilize techniques from multiple disciplines.


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In this article, we have explored the differences between Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jutsu, and discussed the advantages of both martial arts.

Jiu Jitsu Vs. Ju Jutsu: a wrap up

Ultimately, the choice between Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jutsu comes down to personal preference. While Jiu Jitsu focuses on ground fighting and grappling techniques, Ju Jutsu is more of a hybrid martial art that includes striking, kicking, and throwing techniques. While Ju Jutsu integrates these things, Ju Jutsu rarely pressure tests these techniques. As such, each style has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and it is up to the individual to decide which one is best suited to their needs.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of which martial art you choose, both Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jutsu offer a variety of advantages. Both styles are designed to help practitioners develop selfdefense skills, physical fitness, and mental resilience. Additionally, they can provide an effective way to manage stress and anxiety, and can even improve selfconfidence and selfesteem. Ultimately, both martial arts can be beneficial for practitioners in a variety of ways. Although I am partial to BJJ, I’m sure there are many things to be learned from Traditional Japanese Ju Jutsu, and look forward to the opportunity to train.

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