I’m Paul Willson I am a brown belt in Ju Jutsu, a centuries old Japanese martial art.
When writing in this blog you will see that I am using the spelling of Ju Jutsu when talking about the martial art I do.
One of the oddities of Ju Jutsu is that you will see different spellings at different dojos. You can see Ju Jutsu, Ju Jitsu and Jiu Jitsu. All of the are correct, just about.
Ju Jutsu and Ju Jitsu are most commonly used. Jiu Jitsu on the other hand isn’t so often though it is sometimes used. Using Jiu Jitsu isn’t right as it really refers to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I use Ju Jutsu in this blog to differentiate between Ju Jutsu or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to avoid confusion.
I will mention now that calling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu “Jiu Jitsu” actually annoys me a lot. The reason is that it sometimes causes confusion with people who don’t understand either martial art as they think they do the same. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – good, BJJ – great but please not just Jiu Jitsu.
I’ve seen people come to my dojo expecting to do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu only to be disappointed when they realise what they are being taught is nothing like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have nothing against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu except when it is called “Jiu Jitsu”. Perhaps some people go to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dojo expecting to do Ju Jutsu but probably not as much because it is far more popular and well known than Ju Jutsu.
With Ju Jutsu we are the “jack of all trades, master of none” as we practise throws, strikes and some grappling, whereas Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the master of grappling with only Wrestling and Judo getting close to it.
If there are there any oddities in your martial art I would love to hear about it in the comments below.