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Grappling art derived from judo, focusing on forcing the opponent to submit using jointlocks and chokes.

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Should people that are hypermobile/injury-prone avoid BJJ?

This is a question following this post: Double jointed martial arts? I wanted to ask @Philip Klöcking about this, but could not comment as I did not have the reputation points. I have been double ...
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Can a BJJ blue belt give a white belt a stripe?

Is a BJJ blue belt allowed to give a white belt a stripe? I heard that higher belts can promote lower belts - and I understand that a stripe isn’t a promotion per se. So I’m wondering: Would it be ...
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Why Didn't MMA Evolve In Brazil The Way It Did In America?

I remember reading in a Black Belt magazine a number of years ago an interesting in hindsight comment by Royce Gracie. He said that because his family had been holding NHB fights for so many years ...
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How to get better at grappling without a partner? How to practice locks alone?

Coming from a striking focused martial art, it seems to me that grappling can only be practiced with a partner. Is there any thing I can do to practice by myself for martial arts like judo, BJJ and ...
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Should I do both BJJ & Taek-won-do weekly? [duplicate]

I’ve been practicing BJJ for a few months now. Does anyone have any expertise with what’s best for gaining skill if both martial arts were to be combined weekly? Q: Should I continue my BJJ and bring ...
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What is the Apollo Choke?

Following this video, I would like to know what is the Apollo Choke? When is it recommended to use this choke? Are there any detailed instructions how to do it? Why is it called the Apollo Choke?
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Why is it called Truck Attack?

Why is this attack called Truck Attack/Position in BJJ?
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Why is a single leg with your head outside the opponent's body prohibited (at white belt) in BJJ?

In the IBJJF rules, performing a single leg while placing your head outside the opponent's body (as opposed to across their abdomen) is prohibited for juniors and adult white belt: Single leg ...
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How to Fit in Training Scheduele

So I have recently taken up BJJ. I have only taken a couple of classes but would love to go almost every day. The only problem is that my current gyms class schedule doesn't fit in with my work and ...
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What BJJ techniques are practical in real street fight

Are there any Brazilian-jiu-jitsu (BJJ) techniques that can be used in real life street fights? Is there any source that lists them all?
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In the earliest UFC fights, why didn’t fighters punch Royce Gracie during / after Gracie’s double-leg takedown move?

I’ve been watching the old UFC 1, 2 … fights in which Royce Gracie uses his double-leg takedown to then mount his opponent, or to have his opponent on top — always taking the fight to the ground. Why ...
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What to do in Double Leg Takedown while in Mid Air?

I see many resources on how to prevent a Double Leg takedown from even occurring initially, including Sprawl technique, or knee to head etc. However, how do I defend against a double leg takedown ...
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Is there a way to use the distance and catch principle with no Gi

Following this video, Is there a way to use the principle with no Gi?
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Is there a counter for Cutting Armbar from Shoulder Crunch

Following this video, Is there a way to release or counter Cutting Armbar from Shoulder Crunch?
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Why Does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu appear to have such a toxic culture? [closed]

I have noticed a lot of essentially toxic content relating to BJJ online. It ranges from questionable to down right rude to (occasionally) completely unacceptable. Here are a few examples. Meme 1 ...
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What is Darson's Seat Belt

A seat belt is a famous and well-known back choke in BJJ. Recently, I heard that there is an additional version for this choke known as Darson's Seat Belt (most probably called by Darson Hemmings). I ...
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Has There Been Sufficient Emphasis on Strategy During Your Martial Arts Training?

It's a beautiful thing to watch an athlete, outmatched on paper, employ strategy to overcome the favourite. Effective strategy can enable competitors and participants to overcome otherwise apparently ...
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What is this person talking about on the relationship between judo and BJJ?

What is this person talking about on the relationship between judo and BJJ? In this chat a person writing what to me looks like a very confusing thing they are saying, said: Actually, Judo did branch ...
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What would be a good training regiment/exercises for BJJ beginner?

Peace, Love, and Divine Blessings to all. I'm 6'0Ft, 150 lbs, not very flexible, and have not worked out consistently in a long period of time but always desired to learn self-defense. My goal is ...
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Is the "Peruvian Necktie" legal in Judo?

"Peruvian Necktie" refers to an arm triangle choke from the sprawl position, with one leg over uke's head and the other over their back:1 The IJF rules ban arm-triangles which "block ...
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Escapes from standing rear mount

It's rare to see but some MMA fights end with a rear naked choke where the victim is standing. What really stood out to me was how helpless they seemed once their opponent locked in a hook with one or ...
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How did removal of the gi affect contemporary MMA?

Did it remove an advantage for BJJ and Judo players? If so, can it be said to have beneficial for those arts, forcing the competitors to do what they do with having a tool?
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How did Kayla Harrison supplement her Judo for grappling & ground fighting in MMA?

Did she focus on learning BJJ, or stick more with and Judo and Japanese Jujitsu? Does her MMA style reflect Brazilian influence, or is it still predominantly Japanese? (My sense of Judo is that it is ...
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Is getting on your back a good stalling tactic or was Kazushi Sakuraba an anomaly?

In almost all the MMA fights I've watched, nobody seemed happy on their backs. Being good at BJJ can turn this into a plus if the opponent is a lot worse at groundfighting and is trapped in your guard,...
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Why aren't forbidden moves in grappling sports like Judo and BJJ also a problem in MMA?

Bear in mind I only very recently started watching combat sports, so I'm still unfamiliar with many techniques and the history of the various sports. Explain it like I'm 5 if you must. In Judo and BJJ,...
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What are the major differences between a mentor and a cornerman, and why would one be preferable to the other?

Mentor vs Cornerman: What are the major differences between these roles? For example: Trust level Confidence in advice given Formal vs informal relationship Things you talk about And is your ...
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Are there any positions where you can finish multiple submissions at once?

Most people that have been practicing BJJ or most other grappling arts for a while know that it can be hard to maintain position while finishing a submission. This is why BJJ often has "backup" ...
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Is there a way to tell which BJJ techniques should be used for self defense?

I've heard a lot of people say that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become more sport-focused over the years and less about self defense. I understand where that's coming from, because there are so many moves ...
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How to correctly apply a calf slicer

I have been messing around a bit with the Eddie Bravo twister "banana split" and calf slicer, and the majority of the time I attempt the calf slicer, I come across the same problem . I have everything ...
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Judo vs bjj confusion

I am starting to get interested in martial arts. BJJ is by far the most popular in my area, but I looked into judo, and it seems to me that judo is the more complete martial art than bjj. Am I ...
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To what extent can (and should) throws be used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Since BJJ primarily works on pins, escapes, takedowns, and submissions, and not much on throws, I thought that I could start learning throws to make my knowledge a little more "complete". Although I ...
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Why do Wrestling and BJJ exist when Sambo and catch-wrestling are more complete arts?

Wrestling is about pinning the body of your opponent into an inferior position where they are left immobile. BJJ is about surviving positions, setting up other positions, with the final goal of ...
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Does BJJ adequately train defence against "ground and pound" situations?

I am nervous that my BJJ training is negatively affecting my MMA skills (which is what my priority is). Many of the positions we are drilling in my BJJ class would be a bad idea in an MMA fight, ...
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Wrist lock counter attacks that won't injure my opponent

I do BJJ, NOT Hapkido or other martial arts that teach wrist locks. Sometimes when I am rolling, my opponent will grab a single wrist lock, not because they are trying to submit me or anything, but ...
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Why is BJJ sold as a "self-defense" art when it does not allow slams?

BJJ is a great martial arts for MMA, but unlike other arts, BJJ often sells itself as being particularly focused on "self-defense". If that is the case, why does the art not allow slams? I know ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

I don't know if people that practice other martial arts have this problem, but I know people that practice BJJ have this problem a lot. I guess it is because of all the friction, but no one can seem ...
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Is there such thing as a BJJ McDojo?

For those of you who don't know, a McDojo is a dojo or gym that operates more like an assembly line and only exists for the purpose of "fast-food belts". If you want more information about McDojos, ...
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Why aren't there more BJJ black belts?

A practitioner of any martial art that has a black belt deserves great respect. However, I see all these dojos and gyms of non-BJJ martial arts, and they have multiple instructors. These instructors ...
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Should I give up my back on purpose so that I can do this throw?

I'm pretty sure the name of this throw is called Ippon Seoi Nage. It looks like this: I would say that it is fairly simple and it was one of the first ones I learned. It happens when someone takes ...
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Do spinning kicks present a risk of getting your back taken?

Seeing that I am a newbie when it comes to kicks, and I have a BJJ mindset, this question should be relatively easy to answer. I see people doing these spinning roundhouse kicks, and me, thinking ...
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Why isn't striking part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

A few days ago I got to my gym early, so I decided to look around a bit. There are many pictures of famous BJJ practitioners quotes from them that are framed and hanging on the wall. I usually never ...
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How to deal with a rolling partner who doesn't try

I realize that this is similar to other questions, but this isn't the same. This new guy just joined my gym, and was already a purple belt when he joined. Since I always try to roll with everyone at ...
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Why do kids have different belts in BJJ?

I hear a lot of people asking why kids seem to have different belts than adults do (specifically 16 and up). The adult belts go white, blue, purple, brown, and black. The kids belt go white, grey, ...
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu against multiple attackers

This is something that has been on my mind for quite awhile now, so I'm hoping I can get a clear answer. Say that I was getting attacked by more that one person and I know BJJ, would it be my best bet ...
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Difference between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Israeli Jiu Jitsu

I've been doing BJJ for a while, but I wanted to further improve my self defense skills. I started learning Krav Maga, which is part of the Israeli Combat System (ICS). A big part of ICS is Israeli ...
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Is my mouth guard ruining my teeth?

In my 2 years of BJJ, I have had mouth guards come and go. They were always the ones that came as a flat sheet of plastic and you are supposed to soak it in hot water to fit your mouth. They look like ...
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Could BJJ be used by itself as self defense?

I've been doing BJJ for about 2 years, and I've started thinking about its role in self defense. Could it be used by itself for self defense against a single attacker without any other forms of ...
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Judo techniques with their origin in BJJ?

Are there any techniques developed independently in BJJ since it branched off from judo which have hence been incorporated into Judo to success? E.g. a novel type of armlock/strangle/pin, a non-...
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Can someone enter a BJJ competition one belt higher than their current rank?

So for example, if someone is a blue belt and has been for years, but travels around a lot, has no regular club (and so can't get promoted presently) and has won many gold medals at blue belt, could ...
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How has BJJ innovated since diverging from Judo?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has its roots in early 20th century Judo, but has developed independently as a distinct martial art focused on groundwork in the century since then. It maintains a number of ...
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