Taekwondo vs. Jiu Jitsu: Understanding the Differences

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Martial arts enthusiasts often find themselves comparing different disciplines to determine which suits their needs best. Two popular styles that often come up are Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While both are effective in their own right, they cater to different aspects of martial arts training and self-defense. Here’s a closer look at the key differences between Taekwondo and Jiu Jitsu.

Taekwondo: A Striking Art

Origins and Philosophy:

Taekwondo originated in Korea and is known for its emphasis on high, fast kicks and powerful strikes. The name itself means “the way of the foot and the hand,” reflecting its focus on striking techniques.

Training Focus:

• Striking Techniques: Taekwondo practitioners are trained in a variety of kicks, punches, and blocks. The art places a significant emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.

• Forms (Poomsae): Practitioners learn a series of choreographed patterns of movements, which help in developing precision, control, and balance.

• Sparring: This is a critical aspect of Taekwondo training, where students apply their techniques against an opponent in a controlled environment.


• Fitness and Flexibility: The dynamic kicking techniques improve cardiovascular fitness and flexibility.

• Self-Discipline and Focus: The structured nature of training instills discipline and mental focus.

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu: A Grappling Art

Origins and Philosophy:

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, founded by Eddie Bravo, is a modern, no-gi system of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). It emphasizes a versatile and adaptable approach to grappling that is effective in both sport and self-defense scenarios.

Training Focus:

• Grappling Techniques: Unlike Taekwondo, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu focuses on ground fighting and submission holds. Techniques include joint locks, chokes, and positional control.

• No-Gi Training: This system is unique in that it foregoes the traditional gi (uniform) worn in other forms of BJJ, making it more applicable to real-world self-defense situations where such attire isn’t available.

• Flexibility and Innovation: The 10th Planet system encourages creativity and adaptation, with a strong emphasis on techniques like the rubber guard and the lockdown.


• Practical Self-Defense: The grappling techniques are highly effective in close-quarters combat situations.

• Strength and Endurance: Grappling builds functional strength and cardiovascular endurance.

• Problem Solving: The nature of jiu jitsu as a “human chess game” develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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If you’re in the Orange Park, Middleburg, Fleming Island, or Oakleaf Plantation areas and interested in experiencing the benefits of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, now is the perfect time to start. We offer a free trial class where you can immerse yourself in this dynamic and practical martial art.

Our experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your martial arts goals, whether you’re looking to get in shape, learn self-defense, or compete in jiu jitsu tournaments. At 10th Planet Orange Park, you’ll find a welcoming community and a supportive environment tailored to your needs.

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