It is hard to pick a clear winner, the arts both have their strenghts and weaknesses, it's a tough call.
BRAZILLIAN JIUJITSU: BJJ has a lot going for it, especially groundwork. It spars a lot, most ever class session. They compete in their own BJJ styled tournaments. It has great representatitives in cagefightin (The Gracies, Nogueira, Mir, Ayoki, etc.). I haven't seen much of it's striking. It is a bit weak on "self-defense" moves (moves like getting out of a headlock or a full nelson, grabs and stuff you would experience in the street not the cage necessarily). As athletes in a combat sport, BJJ grapplers are usually very fit and tough. They focus so much on the ground that they have few equals. Since they tend to focus on sport so much, I think they are vulnerable to a "dirty fighter (one who is good with foul tactics)" martial artists.
JAPANESE JUJUTSU: Japanese Jujutsu is the father and grandfather art to so many grappling arts (Judo, BJJ, Sambo, Submission Wrestling, etc.). It definetly has some good tools. It tends to be far more well-rounded than BJJ with it spread out with: striking, throws, groundwork, wristlocks, etc. It tends to be focused on street fighting (no-rules) than BJJ. The type of sparring it does varies. Some do cooperative sparring (sparring with someone without going 100% and making sure no one gets hurt from its dangerous moves), some type of full-contact sparring (like Judo), or mixing in strikes with grappling. The more traditional types seem to do the cooperative sparring while more modern ones do the full-contact type. It has lots of different tools: Kicks, leglocks, chokes, handstrikes, throws, pins, dirty fighting. One of the main advantages compared to BJJ is it's focused on dirty fighting.
STANDING: I think on their feet striking, JJ has the advantage. It definetly focuses more on striking than BJJ. So, if it stayed in this area, JJ would probably win.
CLINCH: JJ has some good Aikido-like and Judo-like throws. BJJ has some Judo-like moves and Wrestling like moves. JJ practices these in the dojo, and maybe in sparring if it allows it. BJJ practices them in the dojo, sparring, and competition. BJJ probably has the advantage here, but, JJ can pull off a throw. I call it a draw.
GROUND: BJJ has a definite advantage in a pure grappling match. If the JJ guys does full-contact grappling he could hang with a BJJ, maybe even beat him (I recently saw a JJ guy beat a BJJ guy here on Youtube in a grappling match! It should be under, "Japanese Jiujitsu vs. Brazillian Jiujitsu" Then go to the vidoe with Tyler Aimer on the first page. click it. Then on the right in realted videos is a jiu jitsu japones vs. jiu jitsu brasillian video. watch it. that's it). But, if the JJ guy doesnt' do full-contact sparring he will be beaten in a straight grappling match. The main advantage a JJ guy would be dirty fighting on the ground. I haven't seen a whole lot of dirty fighting on the ground for JJ. I'm sure they can though. But, a BJJ guys is so slick on the ground, the BJJ guy has this category.
So, there are the 3 areas of a general one-on-one fight.
The JJ fighter comes in looking to strike, throw, groundfight, whatever. The BJJ comes in looking just to takedown and grapple. The JJ throws some strikes the BJJ guy handles them. The BJJ guy shoots for the legs. The JJ guys is uncustomed to wrestling shoots for the most part and succumbs to the shoot. On the ground the BJJ guy out wrestles the JJ guy, put him in postion, and submists him.
WINNER: BRAZILLIAN JIUJITSU OVER JAPANESE JIUJITSU (SUBMISSION)
I would say it would turn out this way. But, it all depends really. I just have a lot of respect for the BJJ's full-contact sparring and competition training. I am a Japanese Jiujutsu practioner by the way also. I would like to think, with more experience, I could take a BJJ guy. But, I would have to really excel in dirty fighting to do so, otherwise, the BJJ's moves are too sharp overall. BJJ can nullify striking, do ok in the clinch, and be quick and deadly as an andaconda on the ground.
· 10 years ago