Whats better for self defense judo or bjj? I've been taking judo for about 2 months and I love it. especially the groundwork, at my dojo we split it up 50/50 between throws and groundwork. The only things that bother me about judo are, lack of practice in self defense technique's like defense against punches or kicks. the atemi waza isn't taught until you are upper ranking, and the competition rules limit more and more technique's, such as flying sciscors and leg bars and any small joint manipulation. The other thing i was thinking of is how practical are the mat holdowns in say a real fight, say kesa gatama or kata gatame for example, ok sure they provide a transition hold for something else say an armbar but how effective they are by themselves for a period of time seems shaky. Both leave an arm free to punch you in the head back, ribs, take your pick. With bjj on the other hand, it seems they haven't neutered technique's so much on the ground. However there is zilch for standup fighting, except a few copied throws from judo. But it's not always best to bring it to the ground so..... Opinions welcome thanks.