Judo and BJJ (Brazilian Ju Jitsu) are both effective martial arts, good for fitness and skill development in young children.

There are many similarities – both involve Ne Waza (“groundwork”, similar to wrestling), neither have striking and both are physically demanding.

However, there are some key differences you might want to consider before choosing a sport for your child.

Fitness & coordination
Competitive & fun
Good for self defence
Wrestling & ground defence skills
Standing defence & falling skills
Mostly not for profit clubs
Low training fees
Gear Needed: Gi (uniform)
Gear 'Recommended': mouthguard, rash vest, ear protectors, fight shorts
National insurance regime
Olympic sport
Quality enforced by national AIS funded body
Membership transfers across all JFA clubs


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