“BJJ Players Will Never Reach Their Full Potential Unless They Cross Train In Other Grappling Arts.”
Judo and BJJ: Similar Jacket, different rules and mentality.
Judo training will vastly improve your Jiu-Jitsu and vice versa. However, both sports have their own set of rules and have different goals and mindset. For example, in Judo the match is won by ippon when the opponent is thrown flat on their back or when pinned on the ground for 20 seconds. For those reasons, BJJ players need to know how to “modify” and adapt Judo accordingly for BJJ.
In this interesting video, we see a French Judo Olympian Alexandre Iddir taking on the challenge of BJJ black belt and MMA fighter Gregory Bouchelagem. They go 1 round under Judo rules and 1 round in No Gi Grappling.
Iddir is a beast of a man, standing 1m82 and 104 kgs whereas Gregory is 1m92 and 100 kgs.
It’s very interesting to see that both grapplers are very humble and willing to learn from each other.