Different martial arts are known to have different applications when it comes to various fight or competition scenarios. For example, judo is known to offer a powerful and effective way for throwing or tripping opponents to the ground. Muay Thai is known to help practitioners develop some of the most dangerous strikes using hands, elbows, knees and shins. In this regard, it’s important to distinguish the particular applications of various martial arts that you can train.
Two similar, yet different, martial arts are Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and BJJ. How do they fare against one another? Is one more effective than the other, or are they similar in effectiveness? Below you will find all the information you need on the subject of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu vs BJJ.
What is Danzan Ryu Jujitsu?
First off, let’s introduce Danzan Ryu Jujitsu to our readers. Danzan Ryu Jujitsu was created by Seishiro Okazaki of Japan. It’s an amalgamation of various different martial arts, such as traditional jujitsu, boxing, eskrima, shorin-ryu karate, lua and others. The founder, Seishiro Okazaki, has made it a life mission to disassemble the core principles of popular martial arts and incorporate them into his own system – that of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu.
As such, it can be said that this style is very much similar to BJJ. Danzan Ryu Jujitsu utilizes a lot of techniques from judo as well, including throws and chokes. So, there are many ways in which Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and BJJ have common ground with one another.
Is Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Effective?
However, if we had to single out the main flaw of training Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, it would have to be the lack of sparring or competition. This makes it very difficult to asses the effectiveness of the Danzan Ryu Jujitsu schools. But the thing is, many of these techniques have been proven to work for both male and female martial artists, if not in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu competition, then in BJJ and Judo competition. So, there’s really not much to talk about the Danzan Ryu Jujitsu techniques not being effective.
The problem is that if you go and visit a Danzan Ryu Jujitsu school with the goal to improve your knowledge of martial arts, you will have nowhere to test how far you’ve come. When you’ll train the techniques, you will do so on a still opponent. You won’t get to try the techniques in a dynamic scenario with a resisting opponent.
And this is where the main difference between Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and BJJ lies. BJJ schools are known for their dedication to implementing sparring and competition in their classes. White belts can see how far they are behind black belts and black belts can hone their craft by practicing on the lower belts. The Danzan Ryu Jiu Jitsu teachers seem to be concerned mainly with preserving the cultural and historic aspects of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu – than with letting the martial art evolve and get ahead with the program. And this is why it’s seldom the case that you see any practitioner of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu achieve success in high-level competition in BJJ, Judo, or MMA.
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The Effectiveness of BJJ
Once again, in contrast with Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, BJJ schools have a steady curriculum of sparring and competition training which can be very useful in a street fight. This is what helps practitioners hone their skills to another level. It’s also what makes the practitioners humble, as every single BJJ novice has had the experience of being trashed by even marginally more experienced practitioners. So, in this regard, we would say that BJJ is superior to Danzan Ryu Jujitsu – though with the caveat that the latter does offer some quite effective techniques in their own right.