So how could recent competition rule changes to Judo possibly affect Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitors?
With an increase in cross training between both sports, as Judoka (Judo Players) seek more ground work options through BJJ and BJJ competitors access more throwing techniques through Judo, those BJJ players that source their Judo via clubs may soon be missing out on extremely effective and useful throws as the recent changes in Judo Competition Rules take full effect.
The new rules were first trialled in October 09 at the Judo World Junior Championships. They were applied at the recent Oceania Judo Union World Cup Event in Samoa and have now become official . The implementation of the new rules 'basically' negates all grabbing of opponents from the belt down meaning the end of many 'pick up' styled throws where the opponents legs are grabbed during an attack.
Obviously with the change of competion rules the focus on 'Traditional' Judo throws will now gain a resurgence through most Clubs that train Judoka for Judo tournaments. As a result, those BBJ competitors that access Judo to learn throws to improve their takedown skills will now miss out on styles of throws that remain legal and effective in BJJ tournanments.
Over the last 2 years, Zenith Sports Services has consulted to many Jiu-Jitsu clubs, demonstarting an array of throws that are designed to get the thrower takedown points. We use safe throws that are difficult to counter and result in a dominant ground position.
With the ability and understanding to cater classes specifically to the needs of BJJ, why wade through a generic Judo class only to come away with a small percentage of throws for your sport?
Zenith Sports Servcies will soon be announcing takedwown classes specifically catered for BJJ / MMA. If you are interested in knowing more contact us at
Alternatively club visits can also be negotiated at reasonable prices.
Is your current Judo/Takedown experienced catered specifically to your BJJ?