Jiu Jitsu (Japanese/traditional)

Martial arts have had so many developments around the world. Some have been there for thousands of years, while others have evolved and developed from the older ones. An example of this evolution is the Japanese (Traditional) Jiu Jitsu.

This martial art is hundreds of years old, though it is not an original art. It has evolved from the original samurai art. When samurai soldiers were fighting, they incorporated all the things needed in a battlefield. Here, the assumption was that soldiers were strong and big and that they had full armor together with a katana (samurai sword).

As years passed by, the art was passed to newer generations but this time round it was a bit safer. It evolved to weaponless self-defense and spiritual growth. It incorporates on gentler aspects of fighting and it is recommendable for the weaker and smaller people. Usually, schools concentrate on techniques such as throwing an opponent, controlling him, blocking him and less is down on striking unless participants want to set up for grappling techniques.

Another martial art that can be compared with the Traditional Jiu Jitsu is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While the former is more streety and focuses on throws and locks that may be dangerous to exercise under complete resistance, the latter is sportier and concentrates on safe and effective ground techniques for big guys and gives more intellectual contentment.

Both arts can be thorough and effective so long as you understand the trade-off between them and you try to provide yourself with the best on both the Traditional and Brazilian worlds.

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