I am a fan of history.
Martial Arts history, especially.
And I would like to share with you a little of your history…
the little known history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is misleading in its name.
Its lineage isn’t directly from Jiu-Jitsu or jujitsu.
There is an intermediate step missing.
Kano-> Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie
Kano (who studied jujitsu) was the father of Judo.
Maeda was a specialist within Judo.
He did “Kosen” Judo.
Kosen was a change in rules which allowed for “guard pulling.”
This allowed for a specialization in Judo.
This specialization focused on the ground and ground techniques, “newaza.”
Newaza included pinning holds (osaekomi-waza),
joint locks (kansetsu-waza) and chokeholds (shime-waza).
So what is the big difference between Kosen Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Is it that the BJJ of the Helio Gracie day is so different than that of Kosen Judo? Doubtful. What is it you see in Judo of today that you don’t see in BJJ? Pins.
It seems BJJ is a further specialization of Judo.
Judo -> Kosen Judo -> BJJ
That’s your history. You’re living the present. But what’s the future of the Martial Arts? Who knows? You may further specialize a Martial Art or further integrate them.
Know your roots, but be a branch (and allow your students to be one, too).
Jujitsu -> Judo -> Kosen Judo -> BJJ -> You