The Difference Between BJJ and Aikido


The different types and forms of martial arts are generally related to Japan. However, it is a difficult task to make certain comparisons between any two martial arts. There are several martial arts, including Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu, BJJ, Karate and etc. Most of these martial arts have very slight variations in tactics or strategy. Sometimes, even the same martial art may differ between schools.

Experts separated the Eastern martial arts (unarmed) into two groups, the ‘hard’ category of martial arts involves more on striking, including kicking and punching, and the ‘soft’ category of martial arts involves more on grappling, including holds and throws.

About Aikido

Aikido was created by Morihei Uyeshiba, which was started around 1925. Uyeshiba developed the interest in the martial arts when he was a child, and he mastered various forms of martial arts including jujitsu (Japanese Version).
Most people consider Aikido as a Modern Martial Art because compared to other martial arts it is developed only in early 1900. It has been around since 11th century or so. Uyeshiba became the Doshu of the school, later his son and his grandson took care of the school and the tradition continues till date.

Aikido is more about the technique, it is about merging with the motions that the attacker is using and conveying the attack instead of using the blows. This martial art requires more focus, the individual must focus on training and he should know how to deal with the forces of nature. The individual should learn the art that unites both mental energy and physical skill.

Aikido also focuses on balance and harmony. The meaning of the word Aikido in English is “Harmony of the Spirit”. The main objective of Sensei Ueshiba was to develop a martial art that actually promotes harmony and at the same allow the individual to use it for self-defense.

About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiujitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and on grappling. BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting basics that were taught by various individuals. However, BJJ came to be its own martial art through the practices, experiment and adaptation of judo through Helio Gracie and Carlos and the art was passed to further generations.

The martial art mainly focuses on submission, take down and fighting on the back techniques and the main objective of BJJ is to get your attacker to submit.

The Difference Between BJJ and Aikido

BJJ and Aikido both focus on the grappling category, however Aikido does include striking techniques. Concepts between the two martial arts are similar by redirecting the energy of the opponent. In Aikido, there is no sparring, which allows BJJ, in the case of self defense and competition, to be favoured for having a closer representation to a reality simulation.

Injury is also more prevalent in Aikido as it uses joint twists and joint locks which lead to bruising, as well as breakfalls that could affect the knees.

Regardless of your choice, learning martial arts provides the best method to building your confidence, staying in shape, and protecting yourself and your family from harm. Both Aikido and BJJ offers increased cardiovascular health, improved reflexes, strength and conditioning in a total body workout. Intangibly, it also improves your self-esteem, self-confidence, discipline and respect for others.