Jui Jitsu, Ju-jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ – What is the difference?

As the world of Martial Arts continues to evolve, so do the individual sections of the sport that once seemed so small.

For thousands of years, those that practiced one form of fighting almost garnered negative connotations for daring to expand upon their entire MMA ability.

It was until the establishment of huge organisations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship that popularized the desire and in professional cases – to learn other styles to compete at the top.

For example, while many within the MMA world had heard of Jiu-Jitsu, a new form in Brazilian was being practiced with little knowledge compared to that of Wrestling or Boxing in the United States.

BJJ quickly established itself as being a huge and dangerous martial art following the victory of Royce Gracie in UFC’s first event back in 1993.

However the origins of Jiu-Jitsu have become separated between the modern and traditionalists.

Starting in Japan, Jiu Jitsu was originally a form of hand to hand combat used to protect Samurai in cases of unarmed combat – typically used as a form of self defence.

Many techniques have been adapted to fit modern requirements and have evolved for use in other sports but with its origins firmly related to past warriors – the appeal is still widely sought after by many.

In today’s understanding and deliverance of the practice – Japanese Jiu Jitsu has a much more stricter emphasis on form and technique.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The origins of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu read like a far fetched fable – however its fairly recent introduction and recount make it easier to establish its origins from birth to present day.

BJJ as it is more commonly referred to has adopted a more sports orientated structure – while the practitioners are still taught self defence techniques, much of the lessons centre around how to win i.e. scoring.

Mitsuo Maeda, a student at the Kodokan, founded by Jigoro Kan, had, after achieving all he set out to accomplish – travelled to Brazil – where he began to train the children of his friend Gastao Gracie.

From there after being shown the techniques from Helio had trouble executing some – due to his smaller demeanor and adapted them to suit his strengths and it is from here where BJJ developed and grew

Through this newly established Martial Arts, the Gracie family eventually grew their own schools with techniques still practiced internationally from Liverpool to Libya.

The Spelling

The difference in spelling of the martial art in question has created many a discussion but while some believe it is spelt differently from Brazilian to Japanese some – they are only partially correct.

The original spelling was Jujitsu which is from the original Japanese spelling derived from Romaji letters as Jitsu means ‘Art’ or ‘craft’.

In Western Culture due to the partial seperation of traditional teachings and understandings – Ju-Jitsu has become popular and is more typically associated with self defence techniques also.

In Brazil the standard is Jiu-Jitsu and while differences can mean a difference – typically the only difference that matters is whether Jiu-Jitsu has (Brazilian ) next to it.