When it comes to comparing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo, both of the techniques are very similar. In fact, people who are not involved in martial arts might think that they are synonymous. However, there are important differences to note. BJJ came after Judo though, so there were some variations in the two disciplines. In the following articles, we will explore the similarities and differences between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo.

BJJ and Judo Similarities

Emphasis on Different Mentalities

   The major differences you will find between Jiu Jitsu and Judo are the various techniques that are emphasized. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Jiu Jitsu both focus on standing techniques. Conversely, in Judo you will mainly be taught to master ground techniques. Additionally, with Judo you will move others. In BJJ you will look at moving yourself.

Additional Factors

   In Judo, you are working with the pin and this is not present in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These pin techniques are defeat the turtle and attack the turtle. Instructors in BJJ are not a fan of teaching turtle pins, as BJJ presents a more elegant style of guarding. In Judo, there are generally more techniques taught than in BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as it came out after Judo, has the tendency to reform Judo techniques. These new techniques are of course also given different names. 

How similar are BJJ and Judo?


    While both come from the same root, Judo stays true to the Japanese values. Those that practice BJJ do not have to follow such traditional pathways. They might not even be schooled in Japanese traditions and values. This, in general, makes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu more of a sport and Judo more of a lifestyle.


   In Judo, the practitioners practice in white judogis. On the other hand, in BJJ, they practice in colorful gis that can also include brands and slogans written on them. As you can see, BJJ is more modern than the traditionalist Judo.