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    Which would be better for me: BJJ or Judo?

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    I have come to the realization that I need to get better at my grappling skills....and my few years of Can Ryu JJ just arent cutting it. So my question is this: what would be better for me BJJ or Judo? Obviously I have heard only good things from BJJ, but do they do a lot of grappling from standing and without a gi? I also am looking at Judo because they seem to do a lot of competing which would allow me to see how good I am. Your opinions on this matter would be greatly appreciated.


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    Dude, there have already been alot of Judo vs. BJJ threads on here. If you use the search function you'll find pages and pages devoted just to this topic.

    Just to answer your questions though:
    -You probably won't do very much standup at a BJJ place.
    -You will do lots of standup at Judo.
    -In BJJ, the ratio of Gi to No-Gi will vary from school to school. You usually learn Gi first and No-Gi as you get more advanced.

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    Judo and BJJ are both competed in heavily and very seriously.

    The best answer you are going to get is "train both"

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    Depends what you're looking for. BJJ has the superior ground game, Judo the superior standing game. It's been mentioned BJJ does gi and no-gi both; Judo generally trains only with the gi (some clubs may differ).

    Both will give you some competency in the others' sphere - a mildly experienced BJJer should be able to take down someone untrained in grappling easily enough, a mildly experienced judoka should be able to easily dominate an untrained person on the ground.

    Judo's usually slightly more formal, BJJ more relaxed. Judo usually costs less. Both are fun, both provide viable fighting skills. From a str33t point of view there's an argument in favour of judo's superior guard against takedowns, but this is offset by the popularity in judo of drop-knee throws and turtling in groundwork.

    I suggest you try both and stick with the one you prefer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophist
    Depends what you're looking for. BJJ has the superior ground game, Judo the superior standing game. It's been mentioned BJJ does gi and no-gi both; Judo generally trains only with the gi (some clubs may differ).

    Both will give you some competency in the others' sphere - a mildly experienced BJJer should be able to take down someone untrained in grappling easily enough, a mildly experienced judoka should be able to easily dominate an untrained person on the ground.

    Judo's usually slightly more formal, BJJ more relaxed. Judo usually costs less. Both are fun, both provide viable fighting skills. From a str33t point of view there's an argument in favour of judo's superior guard against takedowns, but this is offset by the popularity in judo of drop-knee throws and turtling in groundwork.

    I suggest you try both and stick with the one you prefer.
    Listen to Sophist. He is teh smart.
    Shut the hell up and train.

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    I'd probably worry less about the style, and go with whichever school is better. There are excellent and sucky judo schools, and the same is true of BJJ schools. If it were me, I'd choose the school that has the best, most experienced, and most accomplished students, because that's who you will be training with and learning from.

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    stupid question ahead: do they teach striking in BJJ, I've seen some BJJ vs anything clips where the BJJ uses strikes, is that something that is taught in BJJ, or is BJJ only the grappling and the BJJ'er just uses the strikes because he's sparring against someone with a striking game?

    OK rephrased: in BJJ free-sparring are strikes used other than GnP

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawdog
    I'd probably worry less about the style, and go with whichever school is better. There are excellent and sucky judo schools, and the same is true of BJJ schools. If it were me, I'd choose the school that has the best, most experienced, and most accomplished students, because that's who you will be training with and learning from.
    Listen to lawdog. He is teh smart.

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    BJJ does teach strikes, but the attitude among BJJers is that you should go train with a striking specialist if you expect to get any good at it.

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    I am under the impression that strikes in bjj are to setup takedowns and locks.

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