What is jiu-jitsu?


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting.

BJJ is founded on the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.

BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defence situations.

Training Methods

BJJ focuses on submissions without the use of strikes. Training methods include:

  • Technique drills in which techniques are practiced against a non-resisting partner
  • Live drilling (commonly referred to as positional drilling) where only a certain technique or set of techniques are used
  • Full sparring where each practitioner tries to submit their opponent through technique

Physical conditioning is also an important aspect of training.