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What is the Difference Between Judo and Jujitsu?

written by: Donna Clarke • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 6/28/2011

What is the difference between Judo and Jujitsu? Where did these forms of martial arts come from? Are they related? What is their purpose? If you have ever watched Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris and wondered about the martial arts they used, or what the differences were, this article is perfect for you!

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    Remember Bruce Lee?

    With Bruce Lee came a rebirth of martial artistry in western culture. His amazing jumps, spins, grabs, and take downs were amazing to watch, and inspired countless numbers of people to learn martial arts. But what was his form of martial arts? Was it Judo or Jujitsu? And, most importantly, What is the difference between Judo and Jujitsu?

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    What is Jujitsu?

    More than 2500 years ago, during the Feudal period in Japan, Samurai warriors needed a system of fighting to defeat enemies utilizing a minimum amount of weaponry. Over time, they developed a system of maneuvers which included take downs, strikes, throws and joint locks. This system came to be known as Jujitsu, or "The Gentle Art". This gentle art could deliver devastating blows, kicks, and joint locks, enabling the Samurai to be victorious over even the most heavily armed opponent. Jujitsu was designed to vanquish the opponent. It offered blows that crush bones, destroy nerves and devastate organs. Jujitsu stops at nothing. It is a no-holds-barred defensive form of fighting designed to have one victor, at all cost. Not for the faint of heart, pure Jujitsu is no longer widely taught because of the serious nature of injury that can occur.

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    What is Judo?

    Simply put, Judo is the direct descendant of Jujitsu. After the end of the Feudal period, the need and appeal of Jujitsu began to wane. As time passed, the quality of schools teaching of Jujitsu faltered, and techniques began to become altered or lost. Not wanting Jujitsu to be lost forever, Jigoro Kano developed a system of defensive throws, moves, and take downs that were directly related to those of Jujitsu, only for sport. He called his system Judo. He believed in a more user friendly and clearly less lethal form of the art, incorporating tournaments and competitions for students to demonstrate both skill and technique.

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    Distinctions between Jujitsu and Judo

    Judo uses the opponent's own momentum to gain advantage, and utilizes throws, knock-downs, and even chokes to win in a tournament. It is a sport requiring strong discipline and training, with the more aggressive moves only taught to those achieving the highest degree of achievement, the black belt.

    Jujitsu is meant for battle. It spares nothing of the opponent and was designed to have a warrior well-equipped to battle any enemy, regardless of the advantage. The moves, take-downs and joint locks are meant to crush and destroy. It is aggressive and not for the faint of heart.

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    Where to find Jujitsu and Judo

    What is the difference between Judo and Jujitsu? Simply put, both Judo and Jujitsu have their roots in a culture filled with self discipline and physical ability. Although not widely taught today, Jujitsu is gaining momentum in a variety of variant forms. One of the most popular forms is known as Brazilian Jujitsu, thanks in large part to the Gracie brothers of Brazil. It is one of the styles of Jujitsu used in Hollywood movie making.

    Judo can be found at martial arts studios across the country, although with the increasing popularity of other martial arts forms such as Taekwando, Aikido, Hapkido, etc., some of the popularity of Judo is sadly fading.

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    References

    Jiu-jitsu History: The Beginning - www.jiu-jitsu.net

    Kajukenbo: Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido What's the Difference? - www.kajukenboinfo.com