Judo/judo or bjj


Hi i am 79kg 165cm ex rugby league player would i be more suited to judo or bjj?

Sorry, but there is a lot more to consider than your size in deciding whether judo or BJJ is better for you. Your size is not a significant factor in either since competition is done in weight classes. Your rugby experience would most benefit judo, but could also be helpful in BJJ.

You cannot gain the benefit of either one without a significant investment in training time. So the best choice would be the one you love the most, the one which gets you to come to class and work hard, the one which keeps you safe from injury so you can continue training, and the one with a knowledgeable instructor who helps you.

You will need to look into both. I would try both classes, meet the instructors and students, see how classes are structured, and check out the cost and convenience of location and training times.

BJJ and judo are very similar and most people who like one, also like the other. Everyone who does judo practice a lot of groundwork found in BJJ, but BJJ students seldom study the standup techniques included in judo. Good luck with your decision.


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Mr. Ohlenkamp can answer any questions about Judo having practiced it since 1968. Author of a best-selling book on Judo and a 7th degree black belt, he compiled a comprehensive web site (JudoInfo.com) to provide the information to everyone.


Mr. Ohlenkamp has been practicing judo continuously since 1968, as a student, athlete, competitor, teacher, coach, referee, leader, and author.

United States Judo Association, United States Judo Federation, Nanka Yudanshakai, United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan, Encino Judo Club.

As a pioneer in promoting martial arts around the world through the internet, Mr. Ohlenkamp created one of the first web pages devoted to Judo. Since 1995 his Judo Information Site at JudoInfo.com has been the most highly acclaimed, most popular, and most comprehensive Judo web site on the internet. He runs several other Judo sites like JudoForum.com, DoJudo.com, and BlackBeltJudo.com. He has authored a best selling book on Judo, contributed to other martial arts books, and had articles published in most major Judo publications. The U.S. edition of his book is Judo Unleashed (2006, McGraw-Hill) but is also available under other titles in the UK, Germany, Russia, and The Netherlands.

Mr. Ohlenkamp is a 7th degree black belt and has been nationally certified as a Judo instructor, coach, and rank examiner. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development with a specialty in recreation from California State University, Northridge.

Awards and Honors
US Judo Coach of the Year-1999, U.S. Team Coach at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, Korea, the 1989 World Championships for the Blind in Manchester, England, and the 1990 World Championships and Games for the Disabled in Assen, Netherlands, and member of the International Blind Sports Association Judo Technical Committee from 1988 to 1993. 6th degree black belt in USJJF jujitsu.

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