Brazilian/Japanese/Scorpion Jiu-Jitsu Comparison

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport based in ground fighting. It originally comes from Judo which came from Japanese Jujutsu. It's aim is to score points through transitioning from one dominant position to another or submitting an opponent within a given time frame. Submissions refer to holds that either cut off an opponent’s air supply (chokes) or look to take advantage of a joint (such as armbars, shoulder locks etc).


Combat Jiu-Jitsu

As previously mentioned BJJ is a sport derivative of Judo, which came from Japanese Jujutsu, that focuses mainly on newaza (ground techniques). 

A lot of practitioners of BJJ train for competitions, trophies and medals, in a sporting context with point scoring, time limitations and referees to keep them safe. BJJ is a great sport and an excellent form of exercise. In a real life self-defence situation, against punching and kicking opponents, where there are no referees or corner judges to enforce 'fair play' it can sometimes be lacking in 'street awareness'. That said, it is all down to the school, instructor and mindset that is taught.

I do teach ground fighting/defences within my Jiu-Jitsu syllabus but not BJJ. Even though I trained and was awarded my BJJ Blue Belt a few year ago I don't really have any understanding of the rules. I do know however that many techniques as taught to me have no place in a street fight situation. That said many techniques, mainly submissions, counters and sweeps that exist in BJJ are taught within my system although the 'Big Picture' and mindset is somewhat different. We put gloves on and bring striking into the grappling scenario. You soon find out if your Jiu-Jitsu is punch safe. We don't 'play' many of the BJJ Open Guards due to the fact that if you don't control the front hip you are not punch safe. We train for survival and 'roll' for fun. We introduce rules to allow safety in training but never loose sight of the big picture... Survival!... Scorpion Jiu-Jitsu prevails in an arena without rules or time constraints, wherever that arena my be...


Every couple of years or so this page gets picked up on a closed BJJ forum and I take a bit of a 'behind closed doors roasting!'  (I know this as I have some great friends/training partners in the BJJ world who let me know). I don't mind as these guys have never met me, they don't know me and therfore I don't take it as personal.

There is nothing on this page which is meant to be disrespectful. If I have offended anyone I apologise but you will have taken it out of context. I have belief in my system as it kept me alive many times 'back in the day'. I have always tried to evolve the system as taught to me, as modern fighting styles and clubs/gyms/dojos started to spring up all over the place. I have cross trained with many great instructors, some who are no longer with us, RIP. As I head towards 60 I am arguably a bit too long in the tooth to change now. 

I have dedicated a huge part of my life teaching people to defend themselves, kids not to get pushed around and bullied, women to avoid sexual assault, the Police, Prison Officers... the list is endless. 

My drive comes from a sense of loyalty, sincerity, humility and enduring work ethic. I have always considered teaching Jiu-Jitsu a vocation and I have never ever been financially motivated in its pursuit.

One last thing, I apologise to those who take offence at the fact that students at my club wear Gi's of their choice. The Preferred Gi comes from Tatami Fightwear. I don't supply them, they buy their own and at no time do they presume to be IBJJF competitors. They can turn up in nicks and flip flops if they choose to do so!...

Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Probably the most famous Jiu Jitsu family ever. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie Barra founded by Carlos Gracie is pretty much 100% sport while Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founded by Helio Gracie retains the streetwise practicality. It has its roots in Japanese Jujitsu via Judo and doesn't loose site of the 'Battlefield ethos'... As showboated to the world in the original UFC.

Refrence: Wikipidia

Royce Gracie

On November 12, 1993, Helio's son Royce showed the world what Gracie Jiu Jitsu could do by taking home the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) trophy in an open weight, barely-any-rules tournament. Even more impressive was the fact that at only 170-pounds he went on to win three of the first four UFC Championship Tournaments.

Refrence: Wikipidia

Footnote from Yoda

Sub Styles of Modern Jiu-Jitsu

Since Royce Gracie made his family’s style of jiu jitsu famous, many other variations of jiu jitsu have evolved, ours being one. Most of these are in some way attributable to Gracie Jiu Jitsu which in turn is attributable to Judo. All however share their jujitsu origins with the art of the Ancient Japanese Warrior - The Samurai...

Three Influential Fights in Modern Jiu Jitsu History
  • Helio Gracie vs. Masahiko Kimura: Kimura repeatedly employed judo throws on his much smaller opponent, intent on knocking him out with each and every attempt. After 13 minutes of this, Kimura applied a ude- garami (reverse shoulder lock). Though it was sunk in deep and eventually broke Helio’s arm, the smaller Brazilian still refused to tap out. The fight ended when Helio’s brother Carlos threw in the towel. That shoulder lock was eventually renamed the Kimura, as a tribute to the man that defeated Helio.
  • Rickson Gracie vs. Hugo Duarte: Most people don’t realize that there was a time in Brazil’s history when a martial arts discipline by the name of Luta Livre vied for top dog in Brazil, along with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As the story goes, Duarte, a disciple of Luta Livre, said something insulting about Rickson Gracie’s family on a Brazilian beach. From there, Rickson slapped him and a fight ensued that was caught on camera by a tourist. In the end, Rickson--an undefeated fighter that many believe to be the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner ever-- mounted his opponent and pummeled him into submission. 
    The tape of this fight was later used as a marketing tool, selling Gracie Jiu- Jitsu’s effectiveness.
  • Royce Gracie vs. Dan Severn at UFC 4: Greco-Roman wrestling superstar Dan Severn outweighed Royce by approximately 80 pounds during their bout at UFC 4. The way that Severn pounded on his opponent through 15 minutes of their epic battle seemed to indicate that Royce felt every bit of that weight differential. But then, in one fell swoop, Royce Gracie managed to do something with his legs that left many spellbound. The move was called a triangle choke, and it forced Severn to submit to his smaller opponent

Refrence: Wikipidia

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