The International Judo Federation was aiming to tap into the popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This prompted them to introduce a series of Judo Ne Waza tournaments. These competitions closely mirror the rules of the IBJJF but with a specific emphasis on ground techniques.
This strategic move by the IJF mirrors the approach taken by the FILA (International Wrestling Federation) with their introduction of Grappling, including the concept of ‘Gi Grappling.’
One noteworthy instance took place during a Ne Waza tournament in France back in 2007. Here, a Judo black belt faced off against a BJJ practitioner who held the rank of a blue belt at that time.
The BJJ player employed a commonly used position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu known as ‘knee on belly.’ Interestingly, he executed this maneuver from a half guard position while working on a knee slice pass. He strategically transitioned his knee onto his opponent’s plexus, applying targeted pressure.
The Judo black belt’s reaction to the unfamiliar pressure was evident, as he let out a loud cry of pain. This episode underlined the significance of understanding the nuanced techniques of ground control, such as knee on belly, prevalent in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Had the Judoka possessed knowledge of BJJ principles, he could have effectively countered the move by altering his body position. The amusing element arises from the reactions of the BJJ player’s teammates, who burst into laughter, finding it incredulous that someone would submit to a knee on belly technique.
This scenario spotlights the evolving landscape of combat sports, where organizations like the IJF are adapting their strategies to incorporate the growing influence of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As the boundaries between traditional martial arts and newer disciplines blur, the sharing of techniques becomes a valuable cross-training asset.
Such initiatives open doors for athletes to diversify their skill sets and better navigate various ground-based scenarios.
For those interested in witnessing the scene firsthand, the video provides a vivid glimpse into the crossroads of Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, showcasing the convergence of techniques and reactions on the mat.