Differences Between Traditional Jujitsu And Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

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Due to its ever rising popularity, more and more people are deciding to learn how to defend themselves by taking Jujitsu. However, a quick Google search for Jujitsu gyms in the area reveals a list of gyms that read “Traditional Jujitsu,” and others “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.” What gives? Is there a difference between Traditional Jujitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?


Traditional Jujitsu was created in feudal Japan as a means for warriors to defend themselves should they have found themselves disarmed, or if they engaged an enemy who was too close for a weapon to be effective. Since armor rendered striking useless, the art focused instead on throws, joint locks and managing the distance between oneself and an opponent. Fast forward to the early 20th century in Brazil where the Gracie brothers were learning Judo, a martial art derived from Jujitsu. One of the brothers, Helio, was frail as a child, so a doctor told him that he could only watch his brothers practice Judo, and not practice it himself.
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In Traditional Jujitsu, there is little consideration for the size of one's opponent. Students are often not taught that certain moves have their limits against larger opponents. However, the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has weight classes to deal with these weight advantages. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms teach their students about the importance of recognizing the advantage in size the opponent may have. A student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu would think twice before trying to arm-bar a 7ft. hulking beast who could curl their way out of it. It is also important to note the number of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners within the UFC. One would be very hard pressed to find a student of Traditional Jujitsu among the ranks of the UFC. If trained fighters use Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instead of Traditional Jujitsu, then that should say it

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