- Nov 14, 2013
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BJJ is a good art. There are a lot of good arts. There's a saying in BJJ, "Leave your ego at the door." What I think has happened is that the ego that got left at the door by every student has accumulated into this monstrosity that bullies martial arts forums into submission. Within BJJ, there isn't an ego. But when someone who does BJJ talks to someone who doesn't, there's typically a very snobbish attitude, like BJJ is an A-grade martial art, and everything else is a D or an F. The best people at looking down on the other arts are the Gracies, so one could argue it's part of the art.Title.
I find Judo and boxing to be much more fashionable for me but... I mean, if it's common knowledge that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the best, then I may as well sign up for it in the one close to my home. The dojo is literally walking distance for me.
If the consensus is shaky, however... Then I want to stick to Judo. Judo looks awesome.
Honestly my goal is really to be skilled enough to easily neutralize or hurt a same-sized person who's hostile against me, without weapons. I have no ambitions of being competitive. If Judo is more than enough for that, then Judo it is. But if Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will do it far better, then I may have to reconsider.
I don't have experience in Judo. I've done about 13 years of Taekwondo, 8 years of Hapkido, 3 years of wrestling, and a few months ago I started BJJ. It is definitely a good martial art, and you'll learn a lot. But that doesn't mean you won't learn a lot in Judo and/or boxing. Or really any other art. What you learn and how you learn it will be different. If that's better for you and for your needs is up to you to decide. It's probably going to be more about the specific gym culture than the art overall. Like I said above, I find most BJJ folks online to be absolutely dismal to talk to, but I love the people I train with at my gym.
My advice for you depends on your situation. I'm going to generally focus on "Judo vs BJJ" and assume you might do boxing with it either way.
- If you are a beginner in Judo and currently love your class, don't do BJJ right now. Keep doing Judo. Later on, when you're more experienced, if there are specific things you want to learn that BJJ has and Judo doesn't, or if you want to deep-dive into the ground game in ways that your Judo class isn't, then adding on BJJ or switching to BJJ would be a good idea.
- If you haven't started yet, try both Judo and BJJ and see which class you felt strongest about. This will be a combination of the teaching, the material, and how well you fit in with the students.
- If you like Judo in theory but don't fit in at your Judo school, then give BJJ a try. Most schools will let you do a free or cheap trial class to see how you like it. Or try other Judo schools in your area (if available). If you try a BJJ school and don't like it, then you can try another and see if that culture fits you better. Or just stick to boxing. Or try something else out.