What is more effective japaneese ju jitsu, or karate (any kind)?

I am doing japaneese ju jitsu and I am really enjoying it. I like to ground grapple and stuff. But what is more effective and can defend you more japaneese ju jitsu or karate (any kind of karate?

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8 Responses to What is more effective japaneese ju jitsu, or karate (any kind)?

  1. Z D says:

    take kendo or archery lol

    or gun lessons if it doesn’t have to be japanese

  2. Kokoro says:

    1st off most of us all ready know its 10 points for the best answer and most of us don’t care about points

    there are over 300 styles of japanese jujutsu and 50 styles of karate, most of all them contain both striking and grappling as well as stand up and ground.

    if you train under a person that doesn’t know what there doing it wont matter what style they are teaching you. you will still suck
    if you have poor training habits or don’t train right, it wont matter what style you take you will still suck
    If you have an instructor that can’t teach you how to fight, regardless of the style, what good would it do you?

    what matters is your instructor and how you train. not what you take.

    would you rather have a doctor, that went to a crummy medical school and barely passed, or a doctor that went to a ivy league medical school, graduated at the top of his class works hard to be the best doctor he can be

    There is no best style.
    They will all work as long as you train right and have a good instructor.

    Your size, body type and sex have nothing to do with the style you want to choose. People that think that your size and body type determine the style know little to nothing about martial arts

    Most people will tell you there style is the best or they heard such and such is a great style,
    The style is not important, what matters is how good your instructor is and how you train. The style is secondary, they all have there pro’s and con’s there are no superior styles.

    Choose a school with a good instructor in the end that’s all that matters, that and how you train.
    Its the person that has the ability to fight not the style

  3. Odee says:


    Any art is only as effective as the person weilding it as the swordsmith in Musashi put it “I’m a lousy swordsman, give me a better sword and I’ll be a lousy swordsman with a better sword”

    I’d recommend continuing Japanese Jujutsu until you’re proficient at it before you bother throwing another style into the mix.

  4. Johnathan Pierson says:

    as a practitioner of both, I can say neither.

    They each contain many of the same skills and techniques, the only difference being supplementary training and principle.

    Jujutsu is designed to pin an attacker and hold him until you can reach your sword or arrest him.
    Karate is designed to incapacitate the guy and get free.

  5. Anarchy rising says:

    If your JJJ has atemi plus the grappling, stay with it. Both are effective if they both teach proper atemi and grappling

  6. B.A.Alcantra says:

    Jiu Jitsu The Reason Being You Can Apply That In A Street Fight When The Goes To Ground You Can Sumbit Him

  7. mehereintheeast says:

    Japanese Jujitsu is a very good martial art. If taught well, it is a VERY competent self-defense system. However, Karate, again, if taught properly, is also very affective. Many traditional styles of karate teach both striking and joint manipulation and throwing techniques. Okinawan Goju Ryu, Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, and Japanese Wado Ryu all have extensive Jujitsu like techniques. However, with the exception of Wado Ryu, an art that combines koryū jujutsu and Shotokan karate, most Okinawan/Japanese schools of karate do not emphasize ground fighting. They all have techniques, strategies and philosophies for defending yourself while on the ground and how to get back to your feet IFyou hit the ground, however, because going to ground in a real combat situation is almost always a losing proposition, they do not emphasize techniques that will put you on the ground with your opponent such as sacrifice thrown and the like.

    Imagine is you will being mugged in a city on your way to work or at night in a bar. If you perform a technique that puts you and your opponent on the floor, what are the risks? If your opponent has friends, even if they are not immediately noticeable, you are at a severe disadvantage as they will be on their feet kicking and hitting you while you are rolling on the floor with first guy. Not to mention, the dirt and grime and potential broken glass or other sharp objects. Even if your opponent doesn’t have friends and you “win” against him on the ground, when you stand up, you will be VERY disheveled, your cloths will most likely be torn and filthy as well. However, if you end up scraped and cut and bleeding with torn cloths that you are going to have to replace, then you are NOT victorious over your opponent, you just happened to loose a little less than he did. While it is true that most school yard ‘fights’ end up on the ground, as do almost all UFC and other MMA matches, I worked in a bar for a few years and as a body guard for a few years as well, and while I was in several real life altercations including a couple out right rights and free for all brawls, I never once wound up rolling on the ground. Consequentially, the U.S.M.C. and most major Law Enforcement groups also advocate learning how to fight on the ground in case of an unforeseen situation, but focus most of their time on stand up fighting as it is more often encountered in real world situations.

    I agree with most of what Kokoro is said, including, “There is no best style” however the added comment, “They will all work as long as you train right and have a good instructor.” Is not so accurate. There are systems of martial arts that are not so good or are not meant to be actual combat systems. They may be designed to self-defense or preservation, focusing on how to defend against unarmed, unskilled combatants or “The average individual” but not the skilled combatant or soldier or they are geared towards competition as opposed to real word street fights. This CAN be an issue with the teacher and in Kokoro’s defense, often is the teachers preference, however, there are some martial arts that are “Sport” or “Show” styles and while practitioners of these arts could hold their own against unskilled adversaries, they would stand no hope against a average student of any other martial art system. Still, it is important to pick a good system and a good teacher.

    So, the answer is that Japanese Jujitsu and Karate are both EXCELET systems. I would stick with what system you are in until you reach 3rd or 4th Dan and then if you feel you need more striking techniques, find a good karate school. Just stick with what you are doing first. Set a goal and then achieve it.

  8. Emzii says:

    Any form of martial art is effective, but only if it is taught correctly. In order to make effective blocks and effects, you need a good instructor to show you how to. You also need the opportunity to practise with people either the same size, or bigger than you. So really it all depends on the place you train rather than the style you do – you need a club that teach you well which has members that are capable of challenging you.

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