Well, this debate has raged on for a while now hasn’t it? The two martial arts/fighting styles have existed for many years and both find their roots in traditional jiu-jitsu.
The differences are obvious for anyone who has given both sports more than 10 minutes of genuine attention. The scoring system favours ground over stand up or vice versa, Judoka get limited time on the ground, BJJ players can pull guard and ‘force’ the fight to the ground etc.
Some ridiculous thing I’ve heard said by BJJ players include:
Likewise some rubbish I’ve heard from Judoka includes:
The statements like ‘Judoka get smashed at BJJ comps’ and ‘how is a BJJer going to tap me if he can’t take me down?’ are not relevant to the discussion at all. A gymnast would get belted in a Judo comp, so would a power lifter, does that mean the skills they possess are irrelevant to Judo?
Some things that illustrate the differences between the two arts are:
Note. I understand that I am making huge generalisations here and that all academies teach differently but I’ve tried to cover as many bases as possible.
The reason I have decided to add my two cents in is that I regularly train with very high level Judoka and BJJ players. Neither of which buy in to this debate. This debate has stemmed from watered down, offshoots of their arts.
I have had the opportunity to train with some of the best Japanese Judoka and discuss BJJ with them. Likewise some top Brasilian BJJ technicians have spoken highly of Judo and its benefits after making me tap like a tap dancer.
To summarise, neither one would win because there is no level playing field and no equivalent athlete’s in each sport to contest it. The plain truth is that cross training will help you regardless of your background. In the end you will favour the sport/art that you like more. It may not even be the one you are best at.
If I can give some advice to my Judoka community, go and find a BJJ instructor who understands Judo and what you are looking to improve at. Pick their brain for info. I have found that my Newaza has improved tenfold since I found some experts who make me feel like a fool on the ground and then give me some tips to go off and work on.