Recently we’ve had enquiries regarding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Our attempt earlier this year to bring BJJ instructing into our class timetable was unfortunately unsuccessful due to low numbers.
To the enquiring martial arts beginner, all martial arts may look the same and you may go for the most popular art, which at this time is indeed BJJ. Due in no small part to the excellent fighting skills of the Gracie family, and the UFC; the worlds largest Mixed Martial Arts franchise. I would recommend doing a little more research into styles and take into consideration what you are really looking for.
The Kodokan is the home of Judo and has historical links to both BJJ and Shodokan Aikido.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. (wikipedia)
Shodokan Aikido is a combination of the teaching methodology of Kodokan Judo and the excellent techniques of Morihei Ueshiba. Kenji Tomiki who went on to be awarded the first 8th dan in aikido (1940) and an 8th dan in judo (1978). (wikipedia)