Real Jiu Jitsu
What is Real Jiu Jitsu?
Is it Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, judo, sambo, submission wrestling—or something entirely different?
I think the answer to this question may surprise you. Why? Because most consider real jiu jitsu to be Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? It’s not that at all, and I’m not trying to downgrade the effectiveness of a skilled practitioner in any of the above arts. What I am trying to do is open your eyes to real jiu jitsu, which is not any of the arts mentioned above, though it has aspects of them.
So, what is real jiu jitsu? First of all, there are lots of schools—of the BJJ type, or the school may not even use the BJJ naming style and just call themselves Jiu Jitsu. In Japan where this all started, there are many different spellings for this martial art: jujitsu, jiujitsu, jiu jitsu, jutsu, and a few more that I won’t list here. From what I’ve been told, these spellings are different for a few reasons, including the area, the pronunciation, and who was translating.
Since It’s A Combat Art
Since it’s a combat art, self-defense or self-preservation is at its core. In self-defense or combat there are no rules, and in most instances, there is more than one person to worry about. So real jiu jitsu includes multiple attacker defenses. In the traditional sense, it will also include weapons training: Kenjitsu or sword, yari, and naginata, archery or Kudo, among others.
So, you see what one might think is real jiu jitsu is not real self-defense jiu jitsu, but an art derived from judo and created to win at competition. Yes, it can be used for self-defense, but you have to ask: is BJJ the best art for self-defense?
The answer is no. Why? Since it was created from a competition martial art, Judo, and is used in competition today, it has underlying rules when training and learning the art that aren’t meant for practical application. It doesn’t include compressive striking and striking defense. It mostly takes place on the ground, which is a terrible place to be in a self-defense situation.
Ask yourself these questions. What am I looking for in a martial art? Do I want to compete, or do I want a real martial art that is a self-defense system? If you’re going to compete, then BJJ or Judo may be for you. If you want to learn real self-defense, then jiu jitsu is the practical martial art that might be for you.
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