What is the difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu versus Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? The Armlocks, Chokes and moves of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) are the same as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The difference is the teaching method. Here at the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California we strictly endorse the teaching methods of Grand Master Helio Gracie. He believes that there is no such thing as a good or bad student: only good teachers and bad teachers.
Above was the question and answer sequence Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors were told to memorize, drill and say during introduction lessons at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s instructors training program from 1998 to 2000.
But what are the real differences between Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Which one is better?
For those who are considering starting Jiu Jitsu, that is a very common question.
In all honesty, there is a lot of overlapping between the two Jiu-Jitsu styles but there are also some differences.
It’s important to know what you are looking for in a martial art and what you want to focus on.
BJJ black belt Gustavo Gasperin explains in great detail the differences and similarities between the two: