Have you ever tried applying Judo in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? If not, it’s a high suggestion that you do. Judo is one of the most effective grappling styles of combat out there & can be obsessive to learn once you get into it.
If you want to know more about the history behind Judo, I suggest reading the Budokan Judo Club Austrailia’s article.
I never got into Judo before because most of my coaches have a more wrestling-based style. Wrestling has some similarities in techniques like Judo. However, it’s still different.
Judo can be hard to learn, but with more practice & repetition, you’ll be surprised how effective it can be in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Knowing the trips & throws to perform takedowns from this art is powerful knowledge. Since Judo is such a powerful asset to apply towards Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it gave me the idea to share this article with you all.
1. It Surprises People
Judo in BJJ for sure surprises a lot of people. The reason why is that the throwing techniques you do happen unexpectedly. Once you perform a throw on someone, it makes them feel shocked for a few seconds.
That shock surprises people because getting thrown is something they don’t expect.
2. It Makes People Hesitant
Once your opponent gets taken down to the mat with a Judo throw technique, it will for sure make them feel hesitant & not want to get thrown again.
An opponent usually gets hesitant after standing back up on the feet because it causes them to engage less in the clinch.
3. You Have More Tools
Since most grapplers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu go for the regular takedowns, adding Judo into your game gives you more tools to use in both training & competition.
Whether it’s Gi or No-Gi, adding Judo as a part of your arsenal gives you more takedown options to use against your competitor.
4. You Develop Back-Up Plans
Whenever there are specific takedowns that don’t seem to work for you whenever you’re grappling, Judo techniques give you backup options to use.
For example, you’re having difficulties taking down your competitor with a double leg takedown & ran out of options of what else to use. Therefore learning Judo techniques gives you a backup plan of finding other ways to get your opponent on the mat.
5. You Surprise Yourself
The moment you perform a Judo toss on someone during practice or competition, you become surprised yourself.
Not only is your opponent in a state of surprise after getting thrown, but you also are because of how unexpected it is to perform a throw you don’t expect to get.
6. It Creates Submission Openings
When you pull off a specific Judo throw successfully, some techniques create openings to go for submissions. When that happens, it can help win points in the competition & as well as the overall match if the submission is successful.
7. It Leads You to Dominant Positions
Performing a Judo takedown against your competitor can lead you to a dominant top-ground position. Once you’re in a top dominant position, it creates more openings & opportunities for you to go for submissions.
Not only that, but it also saves you the work from going through a guard passing scenario (depending on which position you land after a takedown).
8. Can Use it to Counter Takedowns
If you find yourself in a scenario where you’re always getting taken down in Jiu-Jitsu, applying Judo can help fix that. With Judo, you can learn how to use specific throws to counter against good takedown artists.
Once you get the countering techniques down, you’ll be ready to defend yourself from getting taken down to the mat.
To make your grappling style more effective in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, learning Judo would for sure take it to another level. Once you get a grasp of learning lots of trips & throws, you create more options & backup plans to use when things don’t go your way during competition.
More options & backup plans also mean performing techniques to surprise others, make people hesitant, create submission openings, lead yourself to dominant positions, & counter takedowns during competition or live practice.
If you want to apply all these things during live practice & competition, training Judo would be ideal.
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Hi there! I’m Austin, editor & owner of the Mixed Martial Arts Life or Lifestyle (MMAL) blog. Martial Arts have been one of my biggest passions for years & I have spent most of my life learning different types of disciplines. To find out more about my adventures & passion for martial arts, read all about it here on my blog.