I totally forgot to tell you that I tried Brazilian Jujitsu. Some of you might recall my love affair with Japanese Jujitsu, that was brought to a swift end when I found out I was pregnant with Riker. I can finally be gone from Riker long enough to take a class, so my friend Jenn Sansom and I went to her Brazilian Jujitsu school, so I could give it a try. You can read her truly excellent post on it here. I also highly recommend you read her blog anyway, as she’s a terrific writer and all around awesome girl/ninja.
Here is the difference between Japanese Jujuitsu (JJJ) and Brazilian (BJJ). You know when you watch the flowing yet deadly dancer karate movies? That’s very similar to JJJ. You know when you watch muscley dudes beat the snot out of eachother in what looks like a really cuddly fashion on the Spike channel? That’s BJJ. Now I love me some martial arts, but JJJ recalls my muscle memory from being a dancer. It’s very similar. And it allows to strike quick, or punch a nerve or lock a joint, and Get the Crap Away. Which, in a self defense context, is what I prefer to do. Damage, and get out fast.
BJJ is a whole different sport involving down on the ground pinning, and trapping. It’s more akin to wrestling, and very new to me. And, as it relies on you either pinning someone, or being pinned then escaping, it’s less appealing to me from a self defense standpoint. I never want it to get to the point I’m pinned to the ground.
The other big difference being JJJ is like my dance classes, you learn routines and are tested on those routines in order to advance. BJJ you learn “steps” and then compete in live tournaments. The first, being familiar, appeals to me more.
Though given BJJ or nothing, I’d be at BJJ every day. Plus they yell things at you like “shrimp out” where you basically get out of someone’s guard by shaping yourself like a shrimp and squiggling away.
All in all, BJJ just lit a huge metaphorical fire under my toosh to get back to JJJ. Except Bjj is 5 minutes away, and JJJ is almost 40, with traffic. Sigh. Maybe BJJ during the week, and JJJ on the weekend. Oh yeah, and I have a husband, two kids and a part time job.
Jenn says she will be a helpful ninja, and find me some japanese jujitsu closer to the house. So stay tuned for further updates from the ninja twins, as we go try new schools.
Cheers to Jenn!