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Is Jiu-Jitsu More Effective Than Kickboxing?

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author image Mike McLaughlin
Mike McLaughlin has been writing news, entertainment and sports articles since 1990. McLaughlin has written for “The Maine Campus,” “The Bangor Daily News" and various websites. McLaughlin is also a martial arts instructor and certified personal trainer. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and an associate degree in filmmaking.
Is Jiu-Jitsu More Effective Than Kickboxing?
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Fighting is typically unpredictable. Two combatants can do battle on their feet, against a wall or on the ground. The effectiveness of a particular fighting style is often determined by how and where a physical confrontation takes place. Two completely different fighting styles are jujitsu and kickboxing. Each of these fighting styles can have both strengths and weaknesses. You need to consider several factors before deciding which style will be more effective in a real fight.

Jujitsu History

According to The Institute of Jujitsu Studies, jujitsu-like techniques in Japan date back to before 750 A.D. During the following century, the Samurai warriors began to combine jujitsu’s empty-hand techniques with their weapons techniques. Between the 1600s and 1800s, it is estimated that more than 700 systems of jujitsu existed in Japan. Jujitsu heavily influenced the development of other Japanese martial arts like aikido and judo. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu began in the early 1900s when a highly skilled Japanese judo instructor settled in Brazil.

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Jujitsu Techniques

Jujitsu practitioners practice several different types of takedowns, chokeholds, arm locks and leg locks. Some jujitsu styles focus on executing these techniques from a standing position, while others spend most of the time fighting on the ground. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become famous for its formidable ground-fighting techniques. An example of a popular jujitsu technique is the arm bar. You can perform this technique by lying on the floor with your opponent's arm clinched between your legs. Push up with your hips to apply pressure to the back of his elbow joint. If you practice jujitsu, you will not spend a lot of time developing an arsenal of kicks and punches.

Kickboxing History

Today’s kickboxing was heavily influenced by the centuries-old art of Thai boxing. Thai boxers often use their shins and knees to deliver harsh kicks. Kickboxing became popular in the United States in the 1970s. During that time, karate tournament fighters looked for a new, less restrictive way to battle each other in the ring. Kickboxing combines the punches from boxing with the kicks from karate, taekwondo and Thai boxing.

Kickboxing Techniques

Kickboxing’s striking techniques include the jab, uppercut and hook punch. Kickboxing also uses kicking techniques like the front, side, roundhouse and spinning back kicks. A spinning back kick is a deceptive technique. You can perform this kick by spinning and driving the bottom of your foot backward into your opponent's midsection. Kickboxers develop speed, endurance and power by delivering numerous blows to a heavy bag during their practice sessions. If you practice kickboxing, you are not likely to develop an in-depth knowledge of joint-locking techniques or takedowns.

Jujitsu vs. Kickboxing

If you are a skilled jujitsu fighter, then you can be more effective than a kickboxer in a grappling or ground fight. You can quickly put a kickboxer in a debilitating chokehold, arm lock or leg lock that can end a confrontation. A kickboxer can be more effective in a long-range fight. A strong kick or punch can abruptly knockout a jujitsu fighter before he has the chance to use any of his takedowns or locks. A skilled kickboxer can also deliver knee and elbow strikes as a jujitsu fighter moves closer. Typically, the best fighters from any style are those who know how to adapt to different opponents and different ranges of combat.

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