Sometimes it seems as though the Jiu-Jitsu program at our school is misunderstood by some people, because it’s not Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I believe we technically could call it that if we wanted to, because I’ve been told that we do have some BJJ in our lineage (via Ido Pariente), and one of our current instructors holds a black belt in BJJ under Mauricio ‘Tinguinha’ Mariano. However, we are a hybrid style that is based in Kodokan Judo (which was derived from Japanese Jujitsu), so we just call it “Jiu-Jitsu”, as explained in this quote:
“One could easily say that our style of Jiu-Jitsu is actually Kosen Judo. The problem here is that to say we train in Judo would give people the wrong idea about what we do. They would either assume our style is more like a traditional Japanese JuJitsu style, involving more stand-up and self defense techniques, or simply Judo. In naming our discipline Jiu-Jitsu, the BJJ community at large has a frame of reference and general acceptance of our discipline. This also allows us to attract prospective students who might otherwise make an incorrect assumption about what I teach.” -Conan Schafer-Sensei
Our techniques and style of training more closely resemble that of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu than anything else, but the core of our system is based on Shihan’s extensive Judo ne-waza knowledge, so to pay respect to that, we maintain our Japanese lineage. There are some minor differences, sometimes we call things by different names, but for the most part what we do seems virtually the same as BJJ. We don’t have stripes in our belt system, and we have a yellow belt between white and blue, but otherwise our belts are also consistent. The only thing that I really see as a problem is since we are not recognized by the IBJJF (we’ve never tried to be), we can’t compete in those tournaments. Although some of our seniors do ref in local BJJ and submission grappling competitions.
I am almost positive that we were the first school in Nebraska to have a Jiu-Jitsu program, and the other schools that have started teaching BJJ since then have had no problem accepting us as equals. Just because we don’t have a B in our JJ, it doesn’t mean that we don’t work as hard, or know as much. It’s all grappling to me.