Jujutsu (also westernised as ‘Jujitsu’ and ‘Jiu-Jitsu’) is practical and technically rooted, but it typically lacks finesse – I’m a peaceful guy. I don’t want to hurt people unnecessarily, using the philosophy of attack, attack, break, smash, die.
Japanese Jujutsu is also bogged down by Japanese tradition, but Brazilian Jujutsu is not. This is one reason why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is so popular around the world today. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was founded by a Brazilian student of a world-famous Japanese Judo master – teacher and student alike, and descendants of the student, have all been champions in full-contact combat tournaments. Jujutsu’s just a bit too cruel for me. If I wanted to hurt people I’d use a knife, a gun, bullying tactics, psychological abuse, etc, but this kind of thing isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t live by the sword because I don’t want to die by the sword. I want to rest in peace without visiting hell on the way. Jujutsu has been around for a while so is often commonly taught in the west – often by MMA wannabes – part time bouncers and fans of other weird styles of martial art. As such, the quality of tuition is heavily variable, partly also because the moves are never tested thoroughly except where people get broken bones.