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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What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?

I'm looking for exercises to help maintain a grip on an opponent's gi while pulling them around. There are two elements to this: strength and endurance. Meaning, I want my grip to be hard to break but ...
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Junior BJJ belt conversion when one becomes an adult

Junior BJJ belts are different from adult ones. How are they converted when a junior becomes an adult? So let's say I'm 15 and have Orange belt. When I turn 17 should I start from White again or will ...
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Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?

I am planning on doing MMA. Previously I have done taekwondo for 2 years. I choose MMA because I felt that taekwondo is less powerful with punches and grappling techniques, but when you do a sport ...
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How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?

A little background: I was practicing with my instructor one morning. It was just him and me and we were doing free training of submission grappling. At one point I managed to get him in a choke ...
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How do blood chokes actually work?

This is prompted by this answer and the description of blood chokes included. It states that: Cerebral blood flow (CBF) chokes involve restricting the flow of blood to the brain, thereby denying it ...
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What adult BJJ belt would a junior blue belt receive upon turning 16? [duplicate]

My son started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 5. Assuming he continues this, what belt should he receive once he is in the adult class? According to the belt chart, it would be blue or ...
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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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Are omoplatas legal in judo?

Are omoplatas legal in judo? Though they cause pain to the shoulder joint, they "lock" the elbow joint (in a bent position) to achieve this (as in ude-garami and te-gatame).
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What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?

Within the context of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and its rules: Assuming you are on the ground and someone has your back and hooks in, is there a defense to a rear naked choke? Or is the only defense to ...
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How useful is a grappling dummy, when you don't have a live training partner available?

There is no substitute for a live training partner, but sometimes a training partner just isn't available and drilling is an important part of training for groundwork grappling. For those times I don'...
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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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How should one physically prepare for BJJ?

Often I'm out of training because of a lack of schools around where I'm living. But when I can, I train Brazilian jiujitsu. During those times of no combat sports training, what kind of strength, ...
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Learning not to turn your back on ground?

As a judoka, I've the bad habit of turning my back when ever I get in trouble in groundwork. In competition judo, you only get points for throwing your opponent, and landing stomach down doesn't ...
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Best martial art for a late bloomer

I have done "intro's" to a few martial arts when I was younger, now in mid 40's and reasonably good health. I am trying to find a martial art that would be easier for me to learn at this age (easier ...
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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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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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To what extent do (should) judo and BJJ overlap?

I'm fairly well acquainted with the history, concepts, goals, and methodology of judo and BJJ. I realize that BJJ evolved from judo, and that both involve takedowns/throws and chokes and joint ...
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How to best maintain mount position

The title pretty much sums it up, I often have trouble maintaining mount, so much so, that i rarely even bother going to the position because i get reversed so quickly. This makes me miss out on ...
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Why should "Oss" be used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Disclaimer: this is a potentially subjective question, so 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 to ...
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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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What is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi/no-gi controversy?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions have multiple events for gender, weight class, and gi (cotton uniform)/no-gi. These events are similar to different stroke events at a swim meet. You can choose to ...
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Why is the red part of a BJJ belt on the left side?

I have been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a while. The red tip of the belt is worn on the left side; the only explanation for this is because it is the same side as the heart. This doesn't sound ...
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What is the most effective way to teach Jiu Jitsu

Some martial arts are composed for thousands of movements. I know two ways to teach Jiu Jitsu. Others possibly exist. Each class teaches few movements (5-7 movements). This way the student learn/see ...
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Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu

I did a season of folk wrestling in high school. This was about 5-6 years ago. I'm trying to diet and exercise properly to reach my low body fat goal. Also, I want to learn some basic self defense. ...
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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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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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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 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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Has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu been recognized as a form of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan?

In North America, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice and instruction is quite different from what is found in schools of Jiu-Jitsu that describe themselves as Japanese. Are the two martial arts still ...
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I know, that's weird. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had this problem. When I do my arm bar and I'm not wearing a jockstrap, I tend to crush my groin... You'll understand that in such a ...
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Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?

I tried looking for grappling mats online and they are really pricey, ranging from ~150 to $600 or more. Or for puzzle mats, each square is about $35 and the two sites I went to (one was fighters ...
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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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What drills are good to escape/break Spider Guard?

Mostly when I get stuck into the Spider Guard - me in standing position. Actions: I grab the legs; Move my creases of elbows/biceps inward; I take a step back [along with step 1 and 2]; Move his ...
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Will training Muay Thai affect my BJJ skills?

I want to become a well-rounded martial artist. I used to train Muay Thai when I was a kid. But 3 years ago I quit and focused on BJJ & grappling. I would really love to combine BJJ with Muay ...
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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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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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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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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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Combat drill with multiple oponents

During my career (I've trained at a couple of places), I've participated in several drills where a group of people surrounded a single guy and at a call of a number would attack the guy in the middle ...
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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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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?