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Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?

"Ju-jutsu" and "jiu-jitsu" are different romanizations of the same Japanese word(s) 柔術. This is analogous to how we have both "Qur'an" and "Koran" from the ...
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When was throwing introduced to martial arts?

Earliest examples of wrestling Wrestling has been a part of most societies since time-immemorial: Fresco in tomb 15 at Beni Hasan, Egypt ca. 2,000 BC. The earliest known historical European ...
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How to teach intent?

There is nothing wrong with what your son is doing! He is doing all the right things at the right time: he is gentle so his uke will train with him again. Gentleness might be because your son does ...
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Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

There is a famous zen story, one of the variation is this… Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in ...
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What is this person talking about on the relationship between judo and BJJ?

The person is perfectly correct, except with the last sentence. I guess this is a semantical problem. You can say "X branched off from/of Y", which says X is a descendant of Y, or "X ...
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Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

If you are 75 kg, then you should not have a problem throwing an opponent who is 102 kg with a basic hip throw. The major hip throw (ogoshi) is the first hip throw in the judo curriculum. It's ...
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What did Judo change/innovate when it branched from Jujutsu?

Judo's initial innovations were not in techniques, but in the manner of training them. Randori Kano emphasized the use of randori (free practice) in training. This contrasted with many jujutsu ...
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Fall Differences between Jujitsu, Aikido, and Judo

I've learned both methods in judo, BJJ, and karate. Tucking the bottom leg makes for smoother rolls and stand-ups after the fall, but makes little sense if one cannot roll and is just trying to best ...
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Clumsy and struggling with performing techniques

What you are experiencing is normal. You are trying to learn new skills and movements and are clearly getting overwhelmed by it. There are a few things you can do: Take it slowly, as slowly as you ...
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Harassment by another student

I'm sure with your jujitsu you've seen enough of how a dojo should be to judge when someone's acting improperly, though from the little you've detailed it's not clear whether he's potentially just ...
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How to deal with pressure in a grading

Git gud 😁 To paraphrase the "train like you fight, fight like you train" mantra, you need to train in conditions worst (or better, depending on your point of view) than those in your gradings: So ...
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What are the differences between traditional Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Kano created a hybrid martial art from existing jujutsu in Japan and named his hybrid judo. What made judo novel was not the introduction of new techniques, but the manner of training them. The ...
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What style(s) of Jujitsu did Jigoro Kano study?

Kano's memoirs describe his jujutsu training. Tenjin Shinyo Ryu under Hachinosuke Fukuda and Masatomo Iso Kito Ryu under Tsunetoshi Iikubo the Kito style was very different from the Tenjin Shinyo ...
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How to teach intent?

I'm with Sardathrion that martial arts are a small part of self defense, and one that we seldom actually use these days, so your child is not necessarily missing out on anything by practicing the ...
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Does cycling improve stamina or any other physical characteristics?

Cycling will initially improve your general fitness, (especially stamina, general cardiovascular). After a while you will reach a general plateau of improved fitness (unless you keep increasing the ...
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Harassment by another student

Your instructor should have noticed this and be taking steps to mitigate his aggression and lack of respect. Respect is a cornerstone of the martial arts. Not everyone has it and not everyone learns ...
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Danzan Ryu Jiu-Jitsu for self defense?

Classical jujitsu (such as Danzan Ryu) is an encyclopedia of techniques for grappling, striking, and weapons. How it is trained is typically by memorizing kata and performing it with a partner. Each ...
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How to release from Jiu Jitsu throw?

Rickson Gracie escapes this pick-up by pre-emptively jumping for an arm-in guillotine choke grip rather than waiting for his opponent to initiate the throw, then hip switching, then drawing on raw ...
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Fall Differences between Jujitsu, Aikido, and Judo

For a judo perspective on falling technique (ukemi), the best place to start is the formal throwing techniques (nage-no-kata), where the most emphasis is placed on falling details. For forward ...
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Adapting from karate to jiu-jitsu

You're looking for a way to connect your karate with jujitsu. There actually is a very deep connection, one which you might not be aware of. All of karate kata are based on classical jujitsu. I spend ...
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When was throwing introduced to martial arts?

Re-calibrate your expectations. Nobody invented throwing. Wrestling is pre-human. Mammals wrestle as both bonding and male-dominance-hierarchy behavior. Monkeys wrestle. Lions wrestle. The ...
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What is this person talking about on the relationship between judo and BJJ?

If you think of martial arts as a tree, we have Judo(old) with descendants Judo(today) and BJJ(today). The other person is saying that Judo(today) is not the same as Judo(old). The groundwork in Judo(...
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Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

It can be very hard to impossible to willingly off-balance an (maybe sub-conciously) uncooperative, stronger opponent, i.e. to have enough kuzushi. That is where Judo (in the very sense of the ...
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What are the origins of the Isshin ryu's vertical fist with thumb on top?

I don't know how authoritative it is, but this article credits Isshin ryu's founder as deciding on the thumb position through experimentation: For over 30 years, Shimabuku experimented with ...
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How can I teach students to relax and not rely on muscle strength

Tiered is better… Nope. […] makes them too tired to be tense. I find this to be counter productive in the long run. Practice makes permanent, not perfect. Training hard makes you revert to what ...
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Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

When I was studying Tae Kwon Do -- if you want to be ultra polite... Explain the situation to your current instructor and if possible get permission and a reference letter. Even if you don't talk to ...
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Why should "Oss" be used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

I'm Brazilian and a purple belt in BJJ. What I would say it that it's about experience and some reading. "Oss" or "Ossu" its a Japanese word meaning understood or agreed. The history of Brazilian Jiu-...
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Why should "Oss" be used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

In my BJJ school, we said, "Oss!" with a bow to the teacher and moved our elbows backwards with fists clenched to signify readiness to move on to practice the move after instruction. It's a cool way ...
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Harassment by another student

Concur with the other answers; it is worth repeating that I don't think this situation is acceptable. I also want to agree that your instructor has failed you already - the instructor should have ...
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Harassment by another student

I agree with everything that's been said so far. However, I'd also like to give my own two cents on this issue as a female taekwondo practitioner who has (unfortunately) been in similar situations. ...
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