Last night I visited a judo school near the place I´m staying here in Brazil. I got there and was introduced as a jiu jitsu guy. I wore my brown belt because I was told that they actually did both there, and because I didnt have a white belt. I would have gladly put a white belt on had they asked.
One of the black belts (about 250 pounds of judo black belt) came over and immediately offered to help me with the basics of judo (I had told them that I knew nothing about judo, which is true). He spent an hour and a half with me personally going over drills and some great throws. It was awesome and I learned A LOT. It was my first formal judo class.
After the stand up portion, the sparring on the ground began. The head instructor, a Brazilian guy who I was told was excellent on the ground and on the feet, paired me up first with the big black belt. We rolled for about ten minutes, then I went with the head instructor.
It was a great to roll with these guys with no ego involved whatsoever. There was no "jiujitsu" vs "judo" attitude, just an acknowledgement of the strengths of each of the arts. The head instructor, in particular, told me to avoid some throws and only focus on the type that will help me in jiujitsu competitions. These were ankle pick type takedowns and kataguruma (firemans carry) like Jacare uses.
I am going back tomorrow night for more!