Kosen Judo vs. BJJ

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“Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is Kosen Judo” – Gokor Chivichyan

Kosen Judo has been a major influence on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has primarily focused on the “Ne-waza”, or katame-waza 固技?, grappling techniques, while Modern Judo, founded by Jigoro Kano, has focused on the nage-waza 投げ技?, throwing techniques.

Mitsuyo Maeda, Father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Mitsuyo Maeda, Father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Mitsuyo Maeda, or Count Combat (Conde Koma), a nickname he earned in Spain in 1908, was born in Japan, came to Brazil and was naturalized as Otavio Maeda.  Mitsuyo Maeda became known as “The Toughest Man Who Ever Lived” and “The Father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”. Maeda is said to have won over 2,000 fights in his career.  Mitsuyo Maeda is responsible for teaching Carlos Gracie Sr. and the Gracie Family who later refined the grappling style into what is now known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This evolution occurred by adding and removing techniques after competing in Vale Tudo (No Holds Barred Fighting), Wrestling, Luta Livre, Sambo matches, “Gracie Challenges“, and other competitions and challenges around the world.

Grappling Mastery Professor, Brian Ruscio is a 4th Generation Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. (Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Marcio Simas > Brian Ruscio)

The following are some old videos demonstrating Kosen Judo.  The similarities to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are remarkable.


At Grappling Mastery, we teach both Katame-waza(ne-waza) and Nage-waza.  You will learn throws, trips and other takedowns as well as the ground fighting techniques that make Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu effective and formidable Grappling Martial Art styles.  To learn more Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques join our 30 Day Free Membership.

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