Thursday, November 12, 2009

What is the difference between Karate, Jujitsu, and Kung Fu?

I%26#039;ve always wondered.|||Spelt differently.|||They are 3 different styles of martial arts.

Karate is Japanese, it involves standup fighting with kicks punches, and sometimes a few takedowns and that sort of thing. The traditional karate (only real martial art is traditional in my opinion) is a very brutal fighting art.

Jujitsu is also Japanese, it is more takedowns, joint locks, and overall using your opponents power to take him down (as opposed to karate where instead of using his power, you counter his with your own). Again the traditional ones are very brutal, however I would say not as brutal as karate simply because Jujitsu is a bit more soft (it does have hitting though).

Kung Fu is Chinese. It%26#039;s more of a dancing art than an actual fighting art. Big motions and the traditional students are VERY fit. In terms of fitness I would say the top are the older generation of Kung Fu students and the older generation of Kyokushin students.

Just different styles, no style is better than another. Martial arts is not about comparing yourself to others so if you cannot compare yourself, you cannot compare your art. An art will be different for different people, therefor it cannot be %26quot;best%26quot; not %26quot;worst%26quot;.

Hope this helped.|||this question is ask so many time, i have the answer in a word doc because i got tired of typing it

Judo Japanese art is mostly throw, locks and grappling.


Karate (the way of the empty hand(Japanese, Okinawan) major styles. Modern karate can be considered a combination of various kung fu styles and to-de jitsu. consisting of grappling, strikes and blocks, the major styles include.

Shotokan is both a hard and soft style. emphasizes long, deep stances, lunging, impact maneuvers, long and mid range fighting, some joint locks and throws.

Goju-Ryu: close-ranged fighting system that uses open-hand blocking and grasping motions, and short-ranged strikes.

Isshin Ryu is mostly a soft style and close range fighting

Wado-Ryu: combination of Shotokan and Japanese Jujitsu, there are far more joint locks, sweeps, and throws taught on a regular basis. Stances are shorter and more upright than Shotokan.

Shito-Ryu. Is both a hard and soft style, mid range to long range fighting. kind of a cross between Goju-Ryu and Shotokan, taking the kata from both. Closer-ranged than Shotokan


Jujitsu (Japanese)has many style small circle, others large circle (aikido) some styles have both strikes and grappling, other just concentrate on grappling.


Kung fu (chinese)depending on the region it comes from and style can be internal or external, soft or hard. Most martial arts can be traced back to various kung fu styles.


Tae kwon do is about 65% kicking verses hand techniques Karate most styles is about 50 / 50 it will very from one style to another. is a Korean military art and was influenced by shotokan in the 1900鈥檚. it鈥檚 a close range style, know most for its high kicking ability.|||They are all different styles of martial arts. Each focuses on different aspects of combat.

Generally speaking, Karate is a striking art, kicks and punches. Jujitsu has some striking but focuses largely on take downs, throws, chokes, joint manipulation and submissions (pain compliance). Both of these styles are Japanese (although Karate is from Okinawa, so it%26#039;s a bit of a complicated story but I%26#039;ll just leave it at this).

Kung Fu describes any number of Chinese martial arts. Basically if it%26#039;s a Chinese martial art, it%26#039;s probably safe to assume it%26#039;s advertised as kung fu (it%26#039;ll have a more specific name but %26quot;kung fu%26quot; will be appended to the end of the name). This isn%26#039;t always the case though because as I said, Kung Fu is a generic name and some places don%26#039;t care to draw in people who recognize %26quot;Kung Fu%26quot; but not the style.

Hope this quick run down helped. You can read about each on Wikipedia if you want a little more detailed information. There are many styles of Karate and Jujitsu has many branches and related arts that are quite interesting. You can spend weeks going through the related links on Kung Fu because it encompasses so many different styles.|||There all originated from different countries...The style, philosophies, and the ranks are all different. Karate is plain punches and kicks, Jujitsu is manipulation of joints on ground, and kung fu represents different type of animal styles...Its really more complicated then what I just described, you can pick up a book at your local library %26quot;Martial Arts for Dummies.%26quot; Its very informative...|||Short answer:

Pick Shihan J as the correct answer. He is right on...mostly.

Karate (Do) - Japanese - Kara =Empty; Te = Hand %26amp; Do = Way (as in a way of life), so The way of the empty hand. It is an art read Shihan J answer for more detail.

Jujitsu - Japanese - Ju = Softness, Gentleness or yielding. Jitsu = art or skill. Thus, Jujitsu is the %26quot;art of yielding%26quot; or %26quot;The Gentle Skill%26quot; Jujitsu focuses on joint manipulation, grappling and close in fighting. IT uses strikes, punches and kicks to a lesser degree then many other arts.

Judo - Japanese - as above, Ju = Softness, Gentleness or yielding. Do = Way (as in a way of life). Judo = The Soft or Gentle way. This is mostly a sport and could be called Japanese Wrestling. However, at advanced levels of Kodokan Judo, striking (punching and kicking) is taught as a form of self defense.

Kung-Fu - Chinese - %26quot;Hard Work%26quot; Technically speaking, whatever you do well is your kung-fu. If you are a Chef, cooking is your kung-fu. Chinese martial arts are correctly called Wushu (War Art) or Kuo shu (National Art) or sometimes as Chuan-fa (Fist principles) However, Chinese martial arts, usually referred to in the U.S. as Kung-fu, very greatly from style to style. Many are %26#039;complete%26#039; systems, meaning they incorporate punching, kicking, grappling, joint manipulation and weapons all into one art, but even this is a generalization. A short list of Chinese Martial arts would have more then 20 styles listed, but the most well known are: Shaolin-Chuan (There are actually more then a dozen styles of Shaolin martial arts, but I%26#039;ll lump them together here.); Five Animals; Hung Gar; Wing Chun; Pa Kua; Hsing-I and Tai Chi Chuan.

There are MANY other martial arts out there. (Taekwondo, Tang So Do, Hapkido, Seon-Kwan-Moo, Taekyon {Korean}; Kempo, Aikido, Taijutsu, {Japanese}; Capoeira {Brazilian}; Jeet Kune Do{Sino-American}; Kali{Filipino}; Savate{French} etc...) Some are similar to the above styles, some are VERY different.

I hope this helps.

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