There, we said it. We are not afraid to speak up. We don’t need to be politically correct. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu looks just like Judo, because it is Basically Just Judo. The Gracies just took out the hard parts.
Falling hurts. Just ask any Wrestling beast or Rugby animal. It is the reason Football players wear so much padding. Throwing an opponent into the air and subsequently using them for a cushion as you come crashing to the earth on top of them is not for the faint of heart. But that is why Judoka spend so much time learning to fall.
When you take away the mats and the kimono, a throw is absolutely devastating to an untrained opponent.
Dragging an opponent to the ground can be very useful, and frankly its easier. This is often called Pulling Guard. We call it hikkomi (“retreat”) and it is the basis for Kosen Judo. Beginners can catch on to this concept very quickly and be successful against skilled opponents by simply locking their legs and squeezing. If that is all you want to learn, we are very happy to teach you that. We promise, you will look very good, very quickly. However, there is so much more.
The Judokai teaches the full curriculum of Kano Jiu-Jitsu including extensive Kosen Judo ground fighting and submission training. The Judokai Warriors can compete in Gi and No-Gi BJJ, Wrestling, and Freestyle Judo. We support students who wish to compete in all grappling styles, even MMA. Of course, we also support recreational grapplers who simply enjoy the physical fitness and self-defense benefits of rolling.
Half the techniques, twice the price
If you are paying an enormous price each month for your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes and your primary takedown is pulling guard or tackling your opponent, then you need to join The Judokai.
If your Judo school does not put enough emphasis on groundfighting and submissions, and focuses only on the subset of throws allowed in IJF Judo, then you need to join The Judokai.