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Why Everyone Should Incorporate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Their Fight Style

Updated on April 8, 2019
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Student at Seneca College, living in Toronto, and passionate for Martial Arts

Why is it so effective?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, commonly known as "BJJ" is a martial arts focused on grappling and grounding fight, and what makes it's unique is the way you can finish a fight without punching your adversary, just by immobilizing him/her.

People usually have a wrong understanding of fights, and it is basically because of the movies, let me explain, different from Hollywood-movies, when the hero punches so hard, that the other guy just falls unconscious, probably if you get into a real fight you will have to keep fighting on the floor, and just a few martial arts teach you how to fight in this position. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is the only martial arts that I know which prepares you to have a real chance of winning against a higher and/or weightier adversary than you. Because once you are both on the ground, you can easily short the distance to avoid strong hits, and start tiring your rival to immobilize him.

For example, if a guy who has over than five years of training in Muay Thai, start a fight against you, once you take him down to the floor, he will have less experience than you in this position, so, your chances of winning becomes higher than when both of you were standing.

Teaching a beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teaching a beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | Source

Personal Experience

The story I am about to tell happened to me in September 2017, I was at a bar celebrating my friend's birthday when two other friends that were drunk, started arguing each other because of bullying, surprisingly they both start throwing cup glasses and in a matter of seconds they were fighting, so I had to stop the fight without hurting my friends.

I had to think quick and act from behind one of them (the most aggressive one), I was able to immobilize him with a choke in his neck, and in less than a minute he was unable to continue fighting. After that moment I realize why Brazilian jiu-jitsu has such a noble fight style because you can stop a fight without destroying the face or body of your opponent.

"Jiu-Jitsu, it is the only self-defense system that effectively addresses ground grappling, the most important yet most neglected aspect of any real fight" (Royce Gracie, 2011)

Attempting a triangle choke.
Attempting a triangle choke. | Source

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Graduation System

White Belt
30 per level (Max 5)
Blue Belt
65 per level (Max 5)
Purple Belt
75 per level (Max 5)
Brown Belt
85 per level (Max 5)
Black Belt
Each belt has 5 levels degree inside itself. Source: Alliance Jiu-Jitsu. (2018, September 13). Alliance Jiu-Jitse. Retrieved from BJJ Nerd:

It will take time to became a BJJ Black Belt

Between the first day, you start your training until your black belt, you will have completed 1275 classes in total, which means, if you keep training Jiu-Jitsu 3 times per week, at the end of your 425th week, you will receive your black belt, but 425 weeks is more than 8 years of training.

(Alliance Jiu-Jitsu, 2018)

That's why consistency is the key to become successful in BJJ, you don't have to worry about your belt, but in your own evolution, your focus must be in learn not in changing belts color.

Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu fighter challenging other figthers

In the video above, it shows Royce Gracie, a famous BJJ specialist, fighting against several instructors and proving that neither one of his adversaries knew how to continue fighting when they were on the ground, in order:

  • Kung Fu instructor.
  • Judo, 6 times Russian Champion.
  • Karate instructor.
  • Kickboxing instructor.
  • Hapkido instructor.
  • Another Hapkido instructor.

During the fights, the opponents were having a difficult time comprehending that their strikes were not as effective as they thought, and it is hard for them to accept the painful reality that all their years of training may be in vain once they were on the ground, and they may never consider incorporating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in their training.

In conclusion, it is more difficult than you realize to use those fancies kicks and supposedly deadly punches in a real fight. So, always be aware that in a real fight situation, the fight will always end up on the ground, and if you have better knowledge of how to combat in this position, you will have the advantage, doesn't matter if your rival is bigger than you.

I hope my post has motivated you to incorporate BJJ in your fight style.

Regards, Kiril Dobrevski


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