Questions tagged [brazilian-jiu-jitsu]

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

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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. Recently, ...
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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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Is the “baseball choke” legal in Judo?

Since at least 1999 judo has banned any chokes applied using the skirt of the jacket. This rule was re-emphasised in 2014 after a variant of the Peruvian necktie involving the bottom of the gi was ...
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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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Are omoplatas legal in judo?

Are omoplatas legal in judo? Though they cause pain to the shoulder joint, they "lock" (bend) the elbow joint to achieve this (as in ude-garami and te-gatame).
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

I'm 43 and got myself a spinal cord injury 16 years ago that keeps me in a wheelchair most of the time. I can stand and walk with crutches and have some decent (for a quadriplegic) upper body mobility ...
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Were wristlocks ever part of Judo randori?

The Kodokan goshin-jutsu kata as well as several 20th century judo texts1 demonstrate various wristlocks as a self defence technique, similar to the teaching of atemi. However since at least 1900, ...
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Risk of head injuries or cognitive impairment from training BJJ?

I recently started training BJJ and after certain classes I've felt light-headed, mentally slow and will sometimes even have a headache. These symptoms can sometimes span a couple of days. This led me ...
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Does BJJ have a standardised syllabus?

Judo has a standardised syllabus of techniques maintained and occasionally revised by the Kodokan, divided into throwing and grappling (pins, joint-locks, strangles) techniques. Most national ...
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What does “smash” mean in BJJ?

What does the term "smash" mean in a BJJ context? Examples: I had to get beaten up by better guys to get good and the current whitebelts deserve to get smashed too. The upper belts I rolled ...
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What is the etiquette for practicing with more experienced partners in BJJ?

I practice and instruct judo, where my advice to beginners is to seek the most experienced and skilled practice partners available. My experience is the normal beginner tendency is to train with ...
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Counter kick defence

As can be seen in the video, the girl used armbar for counter the kick defense. I would like to ask if there is a tutorial of how to do it? Are there any other ways to counter the leg catch defense?
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Are there any Judo techniques which are illegal in BJJ?

Judo and BJJ both stem from early 20th century judo, but over time have focused on different aspects of the martial art - broadly tachi-waza and ne-waza respectively. Additionally, they are mostly ...
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Is there a way to reliably attack only a bent elbow joint with ude garami (Kimura, Americana)?

Joint locks in judo must nominally be on the elbow joint only. Ude garami, translated as the entangled arm lock and with variants are known as the Kimura or Americana in BJJ, often affects the ...
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Why do Sambo fighters practice BJJ as well?

From what I see some Sambo fighters practice BJJ too, Khabib Nurmagomedov for example. Why would they do that?
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Difference between wrestling and grappling

Many times, when my sensei teaches me a technique, he takes reference from either wrestling or grappling. I always thought the two are different terms for the same art until the master told me that it'...
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How do I avoid getting a cauliflower ear while practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I've been practicing BJJ for quite some time now. Recently, in sparring sessions, I think I've hurt one of my ears. It pains a lot and now that ear has turned red. I've read in many sites that ...
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Where to get lightweight belts for bjj competitions from?

Is there any company that specialized on this? My main belt is rather heavy, would be great to get a lighter one to wear during competitions, so that I'll have to cut a little less weight :D Any ...
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Source: Hélio Gracie being offered a Kodokan Belt and refusing?

I remember reading somewhere that, way down the line, the Kodokan offered Hélio Gracie a high dan ranking, and to absorb what had become BJJ back into the world of Judo. Hélio refused, presumably ...
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Is there any maximum time for staying in a belt in BJJ?

Last week, I started to go to a new BJJ academy after a while without any training. When we started rolling, I asked to the guy that was rolling against me for how much time he was training. Since he ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

I've never been in a fight in my life and never had interest in any form of contact sports before. Something about BJJ really interests me. Maybe it's the self-defense aspect, or making myself ...
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How can one effectively use their hips to generate strength for any given technique that requires it?

Background: I am a teenage white-belt 2nd stripe training in BJJ for almost a year now. I feel like I have some fundamental errors in my overall game and am seeking to remedy them. Question: One of ...
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What are some fundamental yet highly effective ways to break your opponent's posture?

A little backstory: I'm a relatively lightweight guy (126 lbs) and have been training BJJ for almost a year now. I tend to struggle in a few departments, and the second most terrible one is when I ...
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Why don't we strangle with the hands in BJJ

Defences against a standing strangle with the hands AKA 'rape choke' are very commonly practised in self-defence classes yet when I roll with people in BJJ classes nobody ever seems to try it on me. ...
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How does BJJ differ from classic jujutsu? [duplicate]

I'm interested in studying grappling, locks, throws. Basically using my size (6'4", 280 lbs, no fat) to my advantage. I already hold a 3rd dan black belt in Goju karate, but karate in general does not ...
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Why do people wear frayed black belts? [closed]

There seems to be a pride in using a beaten up belt. Isn't a belt cheap, shouldn't a MA practitioner be in clean and well maintained attire ?
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Can spinal injury occur from rear naked choke

When putting your opponent into the position for a rear naked choke it is common practice to open up the submission by bending the opponents spine backwards. Is there any realistic possibility of ...
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Sumi Gaeshi or Obi Tori Gaeshi?

I'm a BJJ praticioner trying to improve my takedowns. I was wondering: is Obi Tori Gaeshi just a variation of Sumi Gaeshi, or a different takedown? The two are quite similar, with little differences. ...
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BJJ sparring partner avoiding me

I have this sparring partner that always avoids me in the BJJ rolling class. He is my same grade (purple belt), and same weight. But is always avoiding me, I have confronted him before and it seems ...
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Is the head-outside single leg takedown relevant in MMA?

The head-inside single leg is an essential takedown in both wrestling and MMA. Often when one fails the head-inside, you can fake the switch to the double leg, and the head-outside single is there. ...
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Groin attack danger in full guard (especially stages 3, 4)?

How much is the groin open for an attack in full guard in different stages? (Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon) Especially, in the stage 3 of the Gracie system: It seems like groin is quite open, for ...
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Why should “Oss” be used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Disclaimer... this is a potentially subjective question, and I'm looking for answers to "why" with references. What is your experience and historical understanding of the use of the word? I've moved ...
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What is the etymology and meaning of Oss?

I've moved to a new location, and have started training with a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school. My previous school made absolutely no use of the word "oss". It is, however, ubiquitous with my new ...
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Can I do Brazilian jiu jitsu and Tae Kwon Do at the same time

I want to do Brazilian jiu jitsu and tae kwon do at the same time. However, I’m worried that they might not work together and be problematic.
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What is a good BJJ book for someone familiar with groundwork but not BJJ?

I am looking for a Brazilian jiujitsu book to understand how BJJ thinks about groundwork. As a judoka of some years, I already have some familiarity with joint locks, chokes, control, escapes, the ...
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What is the name of this takedown / throw?

Today, whilst sparring with my opponent I was trying to pull of a lot of kneeling shoulder throws, but my opponent simply walked over me several times. I came back up from one attempt and managed to ...
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What are the differences between traditional Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

I am familiar with the history of both Jujitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how they were formed and I know a little about the differences between them. I've read multiple threads, but there were ...
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What's the name of this sweep and where did it originate?

Here is a description of the sweep: Attacker is in a sitting position, holding the opponent in guard, possibly, but not necessarily controlling the opponent's hands and preventing the opponent from ...
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Combined Grappling Dummy and Bob punching bag for practice

I would like to practice at home both grappling and punching. For punching there is a boxing bag or Bob and for grappling there are grappling dummies such as bubba dummy and the like. I would like to ...
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Beginning Jiu Jitsu, learning gi and no gi at the same time

Im beginning to learn BJJ. The gym I am attending teaches both gi and no-gi variants on different days of the week. I want to attend as much as possible, and I was wondering if there is any ...
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How risky is it to practice grappling martial arts (eg Jiu Jitsu) with a weakened arm bone?

I have a weaker left arm bone; more than a decade ago (at age ~11) I had 3 bone tumors each of which caused a pathological fracture, all in the same place on my left arm, each tumor happening after ...
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How to avoid being encircled by a body triangle?

The following sequence shows a fighter crossing his legs around the waist of his opponent. What could be some possible ways to avoid this situation? Once caught in it, how does one get out? To make ...
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An Ontology of Combat II [duplicate]

I've been thinking about creating an ontology of grappling/martial arts techniques recently. I know there are things like flowcharts for BJJ. Google directed me to this question: An Ontology of ...
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How to release from Jiu Jitsu throw?

Please refer to video at 3:46. As can be seen one of the fighters lift the other guy and he twists his legs at the high point and release as he reaches the floor. What is this release called and ...
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Getting out from underneath a heavier opponent when pinned face down

I have an unusual question and I hope you can help me. I'm a fantasy romance writer and know nothing about fighting, although I watch a lot of Muay Thai and kickboxing. So there's a sparring scene in ...
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What height should women tie their belts?

As a woman starting in BJJ, I find that wearing my belt as low as the men in my class results in it sliding, during a roll, from my hips to up higher up onto my waist, which is naturally much smaller ...
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If I'm 12 and a white belt, what belt will I be when I turn 18? [duplicate]

I'm 12 and I started BJJ 2 months ago, and I've been wondering if by the time I'm 18 will I still be in the kids category of belts? According to my math, a yellow belt?
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How many people practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu globally?

I would like to know how many people practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu around the world.