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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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More dirty tricks in Ju Jitsu compared to other martial arts?

Rules are part of the sport aspect of martial arts. These are generally safety related for competition, although there may be other origins as well. Many of these rules make no sense in a real ...
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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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Can i do judo or jiu-jitsu even if I have braces?

According to this dentist, the recommendation by the American Association of Orthodontists is that anyone with braces should wear a mouth guard whenever doing a sport, including boxing, wrestling, and ...
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Calf Slicer vs Vaporizer

A calf slicer is a compression lock that crushes the calf muscle, and I've heard the terms "calf crush", "calf slicer", and "calf crank" all used interchangeably. At 2:00 of this video, Eddie Bravo ...
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How did jiujitsu spread to Britain?

According to Wikipedia, it was introduced to the UK by Edward William Barton-Wright in 1898.
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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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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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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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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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Lower center of gravity an advantage?

Yes and no. The shorter fighter would find throws easier, but will have trouble with a lack of reach.
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More dirty tricks in Ju Jitsu compared to other martial arts?

Some of what you are looking for is in what you mentioned in your answer: Jujitsu is a combat system. Nothing ever survives translation, but one can generally categorize Japanese martial arts by ...
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Lower center of gravity an advantage?

Standing Yes, a shorter person has an advantage for hip throws and shoulder throws because it is easier to get under the opponent's center. But a taller person has other advantages. Longer legs ...
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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

In Aikido, the practice of ukemi, beyond the obvious fitness' reasons, has 2 reasons: allow the tori to perform techniques without restraint. Technically, the technique is as good as it unbalances ...
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