Are you a Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) player looking to improve your takedowns? A no gi grappler seeking to expand your standup tactics?

Whether you are a submission grappler, a wrestler, or BJJ player, Judo can help improve your overall grappling game. At Shojin Judo many of our students cross train in both Judo and BJJ and we are able to help all grapplers adapt Judo to their gameplan.  We will teach your Judo principles and techniques that will directly improve your game.

History of Judo and BJJ

Judo for BJJJudo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have a connected history. The origins of modern day BJJ stem from when a Judo practitioner known as  Mitsuyo Maeda traveled to Brazil in the early twentieth century. Maeda eventually trained Carlson Gracie, whose family went on to modify and adopt the lessons into what is known today as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Because of these shared connections, Judo and BJJ essentially utilize the same techniques, but have developed different applications.

Two Sides of the Same Coin
Similarities and Differences between Judo and BJJ

BJJ and Judo have utilized different rule sets over time resulting in contrasting types of grappling. For instance, Judo competition rules permit a limited time for ground work before players are stood back up, so Judo groundwork (newaza) tends to be aggressive and assertive. In contrast, because penalties for stalling are much more relaxed in Brazilian Jujitsu, this results in a more fluid, methodical ground game.

Common BJJ challenges with standing techniques (Tachiwaza)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  players or grapplers often lack knowledge of how to approach playing on their feet, which is the the very first stage of any match.

Some common issues that BJJ players face with their standup game include:

  • Pulling guard as a catch all solution
  • Fear of taking falls or throws
  • Refusing to engage or using bent and overly defensive posture
  • Not being able to attack opponents who stiff-arm
  • Not understanding the transition from standing to the ground

Improve Your Standup and Overall Grappling with Judo

Shojin Judo offers all grapplers the ability to incorporate Judo into their arsenal. Learning Judo is much more than just learning throws. We will teach you the fundamentals of Judo and develop your ability to use these principled techniques to modify your game.

By cross-training Judo for BJJ you will:

  • Improve your speed and explosiveness in both standing and groundwork
  • Gain a better understanding of the principles of body mechanics in order to control and submit your opponent
  • Develop a sharper awareness of balance and control which improves sweeps and transitions on the ground

Join Us

We welcome all grapplers at Shojin Judo.  Please contact us to get started or stop by our location to see what Judo can offer you.