Japanese jujutsu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu share a lot in common. The two most prominent differences between the arts are their focus on submission grappling vs throwing an opponent, as well as how each focuses primarily upon ground fighting over facing off against one another face up outside of close-range combat situations where physical strength would be advantageous for defense or offense.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the differences between Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Japanese jujutsu. There are many shared traits that these two arts have but there’s also some ways in which they differ from one another so if you’re not sure what would work best for your situation then read on!

The main differences between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Japanese Jujutsu

The difference in their rules is that BJJ doesn’t involve any strikes while Japanese jujutsu requires them. Here’s what you need to know about these differences below!’


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a form of self defense that uses two key techniques, ground fighting and grappling.

Grappling and ground fighting are often used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two that you should know if want your training to be complete.

Ground fighting is one of the most intense forms in which a person can be engaged. It typically happens when both fighters are on their back or ground, and it requires quick reactions skills to get up quickly enough before you’re stuck under your opponent’s weight! As far as grappling goes, this mainly involves gripping your opponent tight so they cannot move around too freely while using various moves – no striking required here at all.

The beginning of a match in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is similar to other sports such as kickboxing and boxing, where both participants start standing up. However, when it becomes evident that one fighter may be gaining an advantage over their opponent they would quickly take the fight to the ground by  using submission holds that are applied from various positions including  the full nelson/standing rear naked choke among others.

Japanese Jujutsu

Japanese jujutsu is a martial art that focuses on self-defence. The techniques it teaches include throwing an opponent and joint manipulation, but the most important part of this tradition are strategies like strangling, choking, striking, or blocking in order to make your enemy stop moving while also trying not let them get too far away from you.

A typical Japanese Jujutsu match involves three stages: striking, grabbing (takedown), or ground fighting.

In a Japanese jujutsu match, the game begins with combatants fighting using strikes, shortly after they are only allowed to grab each other and try taking down their opponent by any means necessary including joint locks or strangulations until one competitor submissions his/her opponent(s). For every move taken points usually awarded.

If you’re looking for self-defense, then it’s important to choose the right martial art. You should consider what your purpose of learning this skill is and whether or not that will be enough in a fight situation before making any decisions on which style would work best with yours. At Soul Martial Arts, you could learn more by visiting our website, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all of our announcements.

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