That's right. It's all pretty much the same thing. Now, I don't doubt that most martial artists will argue with that statement; especially those who practice different types of martial arts other than Jujitsu. It's a very controversial statement. But, as you will soon see, I like to be controversial. So let me finish my explanation and maybe you will begin to see my point.
Why would you want to stick around and read my BLOG if all I had to say was the same old stuff you see on every other website talking about what is the best martial art for self defense? Everyone else rants about how their special form of HOP Chop Sooey is better than his form of POP Chop Sooey.
If you haven't seen ads like that, believe me, they're out there. And that is only a slight exaggeration of some I have actually seen. But is that believable? Is it realistic? Do you need to kill an entire army?
I don't think so.
So, how are you supposed to make a decision with that kind of non-information? It seems that every martial art is the best martial art, or none is better than another... Which is it, for crying out loud?!
That is why I am stepping forward to clear the air once and for all. It doesn't matter what anyone else says about different types of martial arts...
What's that all about? Are they different types of martial arts? What's the difference?
Nothing! No difference at all. It simply comes from mispronunciation or mistranslation from one language to another. No big deal. It happens all the time.
It's All Jujitsu!
[Side Note: A link is provided at the end if you want to learn more about the correct spelling of the word. But, please finish reading this page first.]
Let's really open up the can of worms now.
What about the different forms of JAPANESE martial arts besides Jujitsu? That would also include:
Believe it or not, It's All Jujitsu!
Even a cursory investigation of each of those forms of 'empty hand' self defense will prove that I am right. None of them, in their present form, are more than about a hundred years old, and it is well documented, in direct writings of the men who developed them, that they were developed from JUJITSU, a much older martial art. Go ahead, look it up for yourself.
[Side Note: Links are provided at the end of this page, or click on the "Black Belt" button at the top, left of this page, if you want to learn more about the history, development, and comparison of jujitsu to other types of martial arts. Then, you can make your own decision which is the best martial art.]
Each 'founder' of the above mentioned styles had a reason to want to specialize in a limited area of the very broad martial art that is Jujitsu. If you are interested, you can investigate their motives by following the suggested links. But for now, the point I am making is that just because it is a limited study area of Jujitsu, still...
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OK. Where do we stand? No matter what you call it, no matter how you spell it, or pronounce it; ju-jitsu, jiu jitsu, jujutsu...
It’s All Jujitsu!
If it is ANY form of 'unarmed' Japanese self defense...
It's All Jujitsu!
And yes, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is just another specialized form of Japanese Jujitsu. That fact is also well documented.
Are you with me so far? Hold on. We're getting to the good part!
I already know what your're going to say...
"There are other types of martial arts from all over Asia, not just Japan! What about all those other martial arts? Those from China, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines! What about them?"
You mean martial arts such as:
and the list goes on, and on, and on...
What do you think I'm going to say? Yep, ...
OK. I admit this one is going to be a lot harder to prove. But if I still have your attention, perhaps you will indulge me a bit further. You just may agree with my convoluted logic. Then again, you may not! But that's alright, I don't expect to convince everyone. If I could do that, I'd get into politics.
So, where were we? Ah, yes. My crazy assertion that in regard to ALL Asian martial arts, in fact, all 'empty hand' forms of self defense worldwide...
I am not foolish enough to try and convince you that the Japanese invented all the different types of martial arts. In fact, historically speaking, the Japanese have never really been known for inventing ANYTHING. Their culture, art, even their writing is largely copied from other societies. All of the basic techniques that form the core of Jujitsu probably migrated there from the mainland like everything else; specifically from China and Korea.
However, even though they don't invent much, everyone has to agree that the Japanese have an uncanny ability to take someone else's invention and then PERFECT it.
Did the Japanese invent television? No, but where do the best TV's come from? Did they invent automobiles? Of course not! But many would argue that the best cars now come from Japan.
So, what's my point?
All those other types of martial arts, or at least the skills that make them up, were at some point introduced into Japan (another documented fact). There, the clever Japanese studied them and tested them through thousands of years of warfare. The fierce Samurai warriors discarded what didn't work and kept only the very best martial arts techniques. Finally, they molded it into the deadliest, most effective martial art the world has ever seen. Jujitsu!
Now you can see, It's All Jujitsu! Or at least...
It's all in Jujitsu!
And that is why Jujitsu is the best martial art for self defense.
That's also what makes it so versatile. It has everything in it! That is why Jujitsu is the world’s most adaptable martial art. It can be used by anyone, for almost any situation.
Jujitsu retains only the very best martial art techniques that have been proven to work in real combat situations!
You don't need to be confused by all the different types of martial arts.
It's the best martial art for self defense, and it's all you'll ever need!
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Aikido, Judo, Karate and Jujitsu - Comparing Different Types of Martial Arts
Do you know the difference between Aikido, Judo, Karate and Jujitsu? Let's compare different types of martial arts. Hard styles focus on striking. Soft styles emphasize grappling. Jujitsu does both. That's why it is the best martial art for self-defense.
Japanese Jujutsu - Is Jujutsu Different From Jujitsu or Jiu Jitsu?
What is the correct spelling of the word, and why is there so much confusion? Does it make a difference when choosing the best martial art?
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