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Top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. Judo Fights: Characteristics, Great Fights, Etc.


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. Judo - Characteristics, Great Matches, and More
Top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. Judo Fights: Characteristics, Great Fights, Etc.

Masahiko Kimura

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. Judo - Both judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are similar in many ways. This is mainly because both emanate from the ancient Japanese art of jujutsu or jujitsu in some fashion. Judo was in essence formulated by Dr. Jigoro Kano (sometimes written at Jigori). Kano's art was formulated with the idea of it being practiced as a sport; hence, some of the more dangerous moves of jujutsu were taken out (killing moves, etc.). By doing so, however, sparring or newaza became more heavily utilized and possible. Therefore, judo became practiced in schools, etc., in a full go manner. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was invented by the Gracie family of Brazil, most notably Helio Gracie. Simply put, the patriarch of the family/Helio's father, Gastao Gracie, helped a Kodokan Judo master named Mitsuyo Maeda (at the time the terms judo and jujutsu were often used interchangeably) with business in Brazil. In turn, Maeda taught Gastao's eldest son, Carlos, the art of judo. Carlos taught the rest of his brothers in the family what he had learned, including the smallest and frailest of them, Helio. Helio was often at a disadvantage when practicing the art because many of the moves in judo favored the stronger and larger fighter. Thus, he developed an offshoot of Maeda’s teachings that favored leverage on the ground over brute strength and refined the formula for fighting from one’s back on the ground. Helio's art eventually became known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Below are some of the specifics on each art. Then follow the links (or numbered links) for the story on some of the greatest and most influential Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. Judo matches of all time.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches takedowns that are influenced by both judo and wrestling. The art also goes into striking to a very minimal extent, most of which is simply designed to open an opponent up to submissions. In reality, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a ground fighting martial arts style that is all about improving one's position from the top so as to submit (employ a choke or joint lock) on opponents. In addition, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches practitioners to effectively fight from one's back and even be dangerous while there, via submissions from the guard. It is a patient art, where practitioners are quite willing to wait for openings and slowly move toward them in most cases.

Judo: Judo teaches submissions as well, even if these submissions are often practiced in a hastened manner (expected more quickly than in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). However, despite a variety of similarities between the two arts on the ground, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses leverage and patience more there. In that sense, it is widely and accurately believed to be a more complete grappling art. However, where judo wins out is with its takedowns.

Judo teaches leverage, hip throws, and more on the feet with the purpose of taking opponents to the ground. Few arts compare to it on that end.

Famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs. Judo Fights

Helio Gracie vs. Yukio Kato

Helio Gracie vs. Masahiko Kimura

Royce Gracie vs. Remco Pardoel

Royce Gracie vs. Hidehiko Yoshida

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Pawel Nastula

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