Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sport Jujitsu...

So I’ve been doing a lot of searching online recently for fighting tournaments I can enter. The Toughman Contest I entered back in Feb. has really sparked an interest in fighting competitions and I’m eager to compete in another event. I would really like to enter into an MMA type event because I want the freedom to be able to fight in all aspects of true combat (striking, takedowns, and grappling). However, I also really like the tournament format (you fight multiple people in one day). To my knowledge there are no MMA Tournaments in the U.S.

That's when I stumbled upon Sport Jujitsu.

Sport Jujitsu (not to be confused with BJJ) is a combat sport very similar to MMA, in that the fighters are free to utilize all aspects of true combat – striking, takedowns, and grappling. There is a time limit on how long fighters are allowed to grapple on the ground (15-30 seconds) and fighters must execute a takedown within 5 seconds of engaging in a clinch. Not really a big deal, such rules would make the fight more entertaining for the crowd (more action) as well as enforce and promote the idea of being able to quickly and efficiently take one’s opponent to the ground and submit them as quickly as possible (more carry over into actual combat mindset). The striking pretty much follows MMA rules except striking to the head is to be “light” or controlled. This takes away a bit of the realism of the fighting, but it makes Sport Jujitsu a more appealing alternative to MMA for the amateur level athlete and the weekend warrior who doesn’t need his/her face smashed in/bruised up when they return to work on Monday. (I should note that a few of the videos I found on Sport Jujitsu show competitors utilizing very hard strikes with the hands and feet to the head)

A typical Sport Jujitsu tournament will require competitors to wear a semi-traditional “Gi”, or Japanese martial art uniform. Besides Freestyle fighting, tournaments will usually feature a “Self-Defense” event where competitors show off either unrehearsed or rehearsed (depends on the tourney) responses to various attacks and holds. I’ve even come across a few tournaments with a Kata event for the competitors.

All in all, Sport Jujitsu sounds like a very good idea and I’m pretty much sold on the free-fighting aspects of these tournaments. Expect to see me in a few sometime in the future.
I’ve included links to the major Sport Jujitsu organizations as well as a few Youtube videos.

Enjoy and Train Hard,
Josh Skinner








  1. Go for it, Josh! Kick some ass, and see if you can get it filmed and uploaded too.

    Samuel (Tsumaru)

  2. Tsumaru!

    I didn't know you had a blog. Well, I guess it will be added to the important links section.

  3. I'm actually working on a new blog because my approach to things has been expanded beyond the direction that I had when I first envisioned that 'strength & skills' one. Originally my intent was purely to track my own training in strength and technical skills and share some of my insights along the way, as well as reviewing training-related products. But I've been doing a lot of reading lately and really been inspired by some stuff I've come across. Now I'm looking more at lifestyle improvement as a whole, and a more holistic approach to health and improvement. And hopefully I'll have more to write about on that topic, because right now I feel limited on the one hand by not being able to write some stuff, while also not contributing anything to the 'skills' part, since I had to prioritise some other stuff above my planche etc training. There's no public link for it yet though, and might be a couple of weeks before it's running.

    Btw, I've meant to ask you, you link to Dragon Door's stuff and I know you have trained with kettlebells in the past. Are you RKC-certified? I'm going for the HKC in August and looking to an RKC in the future (might have to travel to the US for that one though, we only just got the HKC going in Aus and I don't think there's enough interest for an RKC yet).


  4. I'm certified as a Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist through Greenville Technical College.

    It is funny you asked because I've been thinking about obtaining another certification. I'm considering the HKC (if I like this cert. enough I'll pursure the RKC) and a MMA Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification.

    I'm leaning towards the HKC though. I own so many books and videos from DragonDoor and I've been so impressed with the quality of stuff they put out I feel pretty confident that any certification they have is going to be top notch.

    Good luck with the HKC (let me know how it goes).

  5. I reckon you'd get more out of the RKC, just because it covers so much more. The HKC isn't really watered down in depth, but it is limited in scope (only the get-up, swing and goblet squat get covered). That having been said, since the cost of the HKC can be deducted from the RKC if you go within a year, it definitely doesn't hurt to do it first.

    As for whether you do either at all, I guess it really comes down to what kind of work you do with your clients. If you already, or want to, incorporate a lot of kettlebell stuff I reckon you should definitely go for it. The guy I started training with to prep for the HKC almost exclusively uses kettlebells with his clients now because he just feels it's vastly superior for their needs - after around 15 years of using other methods. He also works with a lot of BJJ guys, so he obviously think it's beneficial for that. But at the end of the day I guess you need to prioritise what you think is going to be most valuable for you and your clients. I don't think you can ever learn too much though - so if you have the time and money, do all of them!