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Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most prominent forms of Samurai martial arts that you can find in the world. It is possible for you to discover many different forms of Jiu-Jitsu, as well. Out of them, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have received the most attention.

We have seen how most people get confused because of their inability to understand the differences and nuances that exist between these two forms of Jiu Jitsu. That’s why we thought of sharing more details about them, so you can understand the differences that exist in between the two forms of Jiu-Jitsu.


Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (柔術), known as JuJutsu in Japan, is the original form of this Samurai art. For that very reason, some people tend to call it the “Mother” art. Back in the day, samurai soldiers practiced Jiu-Jitsu as it provided a lot of assistance overcoming enemy attacks on the battlefield.

Jiu-Jitsu has been subjected to numerous changes throughout the past. Because of that, you will no longer be able to see the original, true form behind it.

For example, during the Edo Period (1603–1867) Jujutsu was practiced and performed while wearing everyday street attire, which at the time was a kimono or hakama.

However, the traditional values associated with the samurai art are still retained.

While Japanese JuJutsu (original pronunciation) is focused more on form and “KATA,” where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses heavily on free sparring known as Randori (乱取り).

Along with that, Jiu-Jitsu became one of the most diverse forms of martial arts, due to a large number of highly effective techniques being added over the years.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the third offspring of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. It became extremely popular along with Judo. As of now, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most prominent forms of grappling arts that you can find. You can even consider it as the base of MMA. On that note, you can even call Japanese Jiu-Jitsu as the foundation of MMA as well.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has greatly evolved over time. There are some major differences between Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For example, Judo is all about sweeps and throws. Where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on the specialization of ground combat. It is developed around a system of dominating, pinning positions.

The primary objective of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to finish or beat the opponent via a joint-lock or a choke. This can be traced all the way back to the original form of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.


Now that you have a clear understanding about what Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are, let’s explore the differences that can be found between them.

As mentioned earlier, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sports oriented form of the martial art. However, you can find the unique, traditional artistic form in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. In other words, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning this classical form of martial arts for self-defense purposes.

On the other hand, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is focused more on ground fighting, tactical techniques, along with gaining  complete control over your opponent, regardless of his or her size. Hence, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is recommended for people of all sizes, weights and ages. In learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you  will be able to receive a great advantage over much larger opponents than yourself, if that is the case. This will provide you with more stability and confidence in any situation.

Communication and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not as formal when compared to Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. When it comes to self-defense, it is the best option available in our opinion because it offers more freedom with evolved, practical techniques. You can follow the techniques of this form of martial art and dominate your opponent. That freedom makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a skill that anyone can learn and should.

Due to the mass explosion in competition tournaments and rule sets that continuously keep growing, indeed the techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have expanded, as well.

Any person who is interested in learning the history of Jiu-Jitsu should pay extra attention towards Japanese Jiu-Jitsu; to understand the history and all other unique aspects associated with this discipline.

The next step would be to upgrade, if you will, to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it’s the most effective self-defense martial arts when you are engaged in real world situations. Keep these differences in mind and determine what form of Jiu-Jitsu you are going to learn and practice.

Learning Jiu Jitsu is not only fun and effective, but provides each student or practitioner with increased self-confidence and a growing ability to handle adversity or even disarm your opponent if necessary.

If you’d like to learn Brazilian and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu come to any of our Los Angeles locations and get instruction from our world-class trainers at California Mixed Martial Arts.

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MMA is short for Mixed Martial Arts. It combines moves and strategies of different martial art techniques in subduing the opponent. Jiu-Jitsu, on the other hand, is a martial art style that focuses primarily on grappling and control.

Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most popular Samurai martial arts styles in the world today. There are many forms of Jiu-Jitsu, and the popular ones are the Japanese and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is regarded as the “Mother” art, and it is believed to be the original form of Jiu-Jitsu. Additionally, the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu pays more attention to form and “Kata”.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is regarded as the third martial art style stemming from the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. It is as popular as Judo and similar to it in techniques. Presently, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is among the most widely practiced grappling arts.

Truth be told, Jiu-Jitsu is Jiu-Jitsu. For example, in Brazil those practicing Jiu-Jitsu never considered their style to be regarded as “Brazilian” or that they were practicing “Japanese” Jiu Jitsu.

Moving on, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or just Jiu-Jitsu, can be regarded as a major foundation upon which MMA is built today.


Although some Jiu-Jitsu techniques, such as grappling and control, can be observed during MMA competitions, MMA draws its techniques from different types of martial arts (BJJ inclusive). Below, we explore the differences between MMA and Jiu-Jitsu a little further.

1. Purpose

MMA (as a sport): The objective in MMA competition is to win by TKO, knockout or by using Jiu-Jitsu submission techniques successfully on the opponent.

Jiu-Jitsu: The main objective is to subdue an opponent through chokehold, joint lock by using the arms, hips, and legs.

2. Components

MMA: Combines Wrestling, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, boxing, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu and many other traditional martial art forms. In a nutshell, MMA is made up of Jiu-Jitsu and other martial art forms.

Jiu-Jitsu: Depending on the type of Jiu-Jitsu, there are different components. For instance, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu combines groundwork, Judo, control and grappling.

3. Mental and Stamina Requirements

MMA: Requires mastery of various martial arts techniques and creative combinations of techniques to secure a win. It requires a high level of physical and mental strength.

Jiu-Jitsu: It requires lesser physical strength when compared to MMA. However, when you are on the floor, you need all your mental faculties to focus on how to control and make your opponent submit either through chokehold or joint lock.

4. Rules Regarding Kicks and Strikes

MMA: In MMA competitions, fighters are permitted to use knee strikes, leg kicks, and strikes from both elbow and hands.

Jiu-Jitsu: Kicks and strikes are not usually allowed (In competition). However, opponents can be subdued through locks, grappling and throws. In some cases, little strikes are allowed.

Side note – Jiu-Jitsu was designed as a self defense platform to subdue an attacker with both strikes and without.

5. Training attire

MMA: Trainees are usually required to wear only shorts and a shirt or rashguard while using both modified gloves and shin guards for protection.  During competition, the rashguard or shirt will be removed along with the safety shin guards.

Jiu-Jitsu: Trainees may be dressed in a GI Kimono or in a rashguard and shorts.


Overall, the main purpose of Jiu-Jitsu is for self-defence, while MMA still has its connotation to being more aggressive. Aggressive or not, both martial arts have great advantages when combined and used effectively.

Many people today are taking Jiu-Jitsu and MMA classes to improve themselves, build confidence and join a community that inspires growth.

At CMMA we offer classes for all ranges and experience levels of Mixed Martial Arts, which even includes:  Boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling, . Come find one that fits best for you and or your children.

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Many young people are enthusiastic about learning Jiu-Jitsu.

When asked why they wanted to learn Jiu-Jitsu, we find self-defense as the most dominant reason.

However, after months of practice, we discover that the lifestyle of people who take Jui Jitsu lessons takes a better turn.

Their opinions about life and others are resharpened through the process in very significant ways.

Ask people how Jiu-Jitsu has helped them in life and you can expect to hear volumes of life-touching experiences.

Below are some of the life benefits some young Jiu-Jitsu shared with us.


Nobody likes to lose, but it is after we lose that we often begin to contemplate how we can do better next time.

Jiu-Jitsu mirrors real life.

You win some battles and you lose some.

Rather than feeling dejected or self-pity Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to brace up and accept defeat as a path you must cross to reach victory.

As your heart warms up to this idea you begin to see yourself react positively even to situations that may weigh others down.


Maybe you are finding it difficult to chase your dreams due to some past setbacks, Jiu-Jitsu helps you understand why you need to lose to win.

A proper examination of excellent Jiu-Jitsu artists shows a perfect record of wins and losses.

You can then apply this philosophy to your day job and business.

You begin to see yourself accelerating towards whom you’d like to be.


Few things are as intimidating as having to conquer an opponent that is twice your body size and twice heavier.

However, in Jiu-Jitsu, you can win against the odds by using effective techniques.

You learn that fear is a normal response of the mind to a potential threat and it does not yet mean defeat.

You can go ahead with this newfound confidence to tackle many issues in your personal life that you are scared to face.

When you develop higher confidence, your world changes in quite amazing ways.

You are no longer bullied by your past or present experiences.


How many times in life did we want to throw in the towel but kept on going?

As we grow older, we tend to stop achieving.

We stop growing and stop learning new things.

Jiu-Jitsu allows us to continue.

It gives us a chance to fail until they succeed.

Every day we get to test ourselves with new data, new partners and new levels of training.

We have days that allow us to taste victory, but they are also matched with days we have to face adversity.

Jiu-Jitsu scrapes off our ego and allows us to learn.

Every belt level has new expectations.

Every role has new challenges.

There is no ceiling to how much we can continue to improve.

We tap; we go again. We fail; we go again.

It’s not the results that matter.

It is who we become through the process.


The benefits of Jiu-Jitsu are so inspiring.

It is not about the fight, but more about a healthy lifestyle.

We all stand to benefit immensely from Jiu-Jitsu.

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