The Fanciest Techniques in BJJ – Part 2

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Mar 18, 2014 4:38:00 PM


  1.       Berimbolo

Today, the Berimbolo is known as ‘the move’ to perform in tournaments. The roots of this technique are still debated but it’s safe to say that it was originally popularized by the Mendes brothers and then taken even further by the Miyao brothers.


The beauty of the berimbolo lies in two factors. The first is that visually, the berimbolo looks so bizarre with its inversion, that it confuses people and then magically, the user can end up on their opponent’s back within seconds. It’s like jumping from nothing to everything instantly. Nowadays, if you don’t know your berimbolo defense, you will most likely succumb to a back-take or end up in someone leg drag.


The second factor that makes this move so fancy is that taking the back is only one option. After you invert from de la riva into the berimbolo, you can also achieve sweeps and mount control, and that’s only a few examples of what can be done. Lightweight practitioners use this the most and they are constantly inventing both new combinations and counters.


  1.       Jumping Triangle


This is another air-born technique that can have some rather harmful results. It can be done from several different positions. Mainly when both opponents are standing, or when one opponent is standing and the other is seated in an open guard. The technique is basically what it sounds like; you jump up onto your opponent’s shoulders in a triangle position and lock it in.


What makes the technique challenging? It’s being able to land properly on your opponent’s shoulder to lock in the triangle. Many try this technique and fail miserably. Either they jump and don’t latch on properly, which usually results in falling on their back or head, or they get knocked out or winded. Or even worse, if trying to jump over someone’s guard into triangle, it’s very easy to kick them accidentally in the face or get hit in the groin. So although it looks cool that your legs are being used as lethal pincers, think twice before just going at it.


One of the most proficient practitioners of this technique was Genki Sudo from Japan. He is most famous for pulling off this technique several times at a submission wrestling tournament many years ago in California. It made for an outstanding highlight reel.



  1.       Tomoe Nage Variations (Balloon Sweep from Different Guards)

Sweeps are some of the more immaculate techniques in jiu-jitsu and they are great to just watch in action, however, no sweep is as fun to witness as a successful balloon sweep where you launch your opponent into the sky.


There are many variations of the balloon sweep. It is usually done from any open guard. The classic version is having both your feet placed on your opponent’s hips and simply pressing them in the air. But this can also be done from the de la riva guard, spider guard and many others. Tomoe nage is the Japanese name for this throw. It originally starts from the feet and utilizes only one foot on your opponent’s stomach before crouching below their center of gravity to be able to easily elevate them in the air.

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The Fanciest Techniques in BJJ – Part 1

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Mar 18, 2014 4:25:00 PM


Techniques in jiu-jitsu are constantly being reinvented and developed. So it’s hard to really pinpoint which techniques can be considered the ‘fanciest’. It is also something that can be subject to perspective. What is considered fancy to one person won’t exactly be considered the same by another. Below is a list of the more traditional and popular fancy techniques that have dazzled us in highlights in the past. These are definitely something you can have fun practicing to try to get the “ooh” and “ahh” out of spectators.


  1.       Flying Armbar

This technique can easily be regarded as the classic ‘fancy move’. There have been many variations in the past, some easier to execute than others. The fanciest form was popularized by a non-BJJ practitioner from Japan, Rumina Sato, a former Shooto champion and has one of the most impressive highlight reels in MMA history. Sato pulled-off flying armbars on opponents in MMA fights while they were standing fully upright! Not only that, but he was able to execute this in an MMA match. His opponents were not only striking but they were also without a kimono – so it was very difficult to get a good grip. Since Sato, many athletes have tried and failed. If anything, we usually see blooper reels of blue belts trying to do this technique very unsuccessfully – either giving up a position or even landing on their heads and knocking themselves out.


There are safer and easier variations of doing this technique, but each version loses some of its ‘pezaz’. You will often see photos of the older Gracie figures doing a similar armbar by first stepping on their opponent’s thigh before throwing the second leg over their opponent’s head. Another popular, and more effective, option has been getting a heavy lapel grip on their opponent and making them slouch over so they almost roll into the armbar. One of the more popular examples of this variation is when Leo Santos pulled this off on Georges St. Pierre at the 2005 Abu Dhabi finals. Santos surprised GSP with a quick and smooth armbar to get the submission in under a minute. So, although these versions are not ‘flying’ any more, they are still quick and easy on the eye.    


  1.       Monkey Armbar

The monkey armbar has a lot of other names, but some call it the ‘monkey’ armbar because of how your opponent looks when the technique is being done to them. The monkey armbar is usually done from open guard when an opponent is lifted into the air (with a balloon sweep) and then twisted sideways to be caught in an armbar mid-air. The victim of this technique looks like a monkey jumping from a branch with their arm twisted out in the air. My fondest memories of seeing this technique was usually by the Gracies showing it in demos to make jiu-jitsu look a little more flashy for new students or prospective academy members. It was always considered one of the cooler moves in the jiu-jitsu game.

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4 Things To Consider When Working Towards Your Next BJJ Belt

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Jan 30, 2014 2:08:00 PM


Do you have all your basic positions & techniques covered?

Many people are under the notion that the more techniques you know, the better you will be. This is simply not true. The truth is, if you have knowledge of a few effective techniques from every position, then that’s really all you need all the way until black belt. Once you have these techniques, all you really need to work on is fine tuning them. So when you’re thinking you may be ready for the next level, try to think about if you have an answer for as many situations on the mat as possible and how many of your techniques can work in multiple positions. A lot of technical theories in Jiu-Jitsu can be transferred from position to position, especially when it comes to pressure, balance and timing.

With whom do you successfully execute your techniques?

You have to gage the effectiveness of your abilities. If you’re a blue belt who wants to see if he is ready as a purple, then you should be able to have no problem with white belts and most of the other blue belts in your academy. If you see that you are defeating the white belts and blue belts with relative ease and you’re on par with some purple belts, it’s a clear sign you’re on your way. Of course, there is something to be said about casual practitioners testing themselves against competitors. If you know the guy trains three times a day and you only train three times per week, it’s not fair for you to gage yourselves against the guys that can be considered “pros”. So when you compare yourself, compare yourselves to the higher belts that train as often as you do.

How do you do in competition?

Competition is another way to test out your level. The intensity of a tournament is very hard to mimic inside the academy. Your opponents could be tougher in your academy, that’s possible, however the mental pressure at a tournament is a one-of-a-kind thing – it’s hard to control. So part of martial arts is not just knowing techniques and being able to execute them when you’re comfortable, but you also have to be able to perform under pressure. Tournaments are a good way to see if you can keep your technique consistent. This will be also something that your instructor will probably keep an eye on.

Are you putting in the proper mat time?

Beside technique, a lot of instructors look at the amount of time you spend training at your home academy. As sporty as jiu-jitsu has become, it is still a martial art. So when you receive a belt from someone, you represent the team and the instructor. There is a connection between instructor and student. So although you may be good, don’t expect a belt right away if you happen to pop in once a month while training in several other gyms. In martial arts, you still have to respect your instructor and show a level of commitment to your gym. Not all professors value this in the same way, but it’s definitely a factor.

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10 BJJ Personalities To Follow On Instagram

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Jan 28, 2014 1:38:00 PM


Following your favorite BJJ athletes and brands is a great way of not only staying motivated to train hard, but also to pick up a lot of cool training and lifestyle tips straight from the guys who know it best.

This is a list compiled based on the reputation and popularity of the athlete but also how often they post Instagram and the quality of the content.

1. JT Torres @ JTORRES197

JT Torres is one of the top American BJJ competitors and currently trains with Atos jiu-jitsu in San Diego. He is only twenty-four years old and has already been making serious dents in the BJJ scene.

2. Renato Laranja @ RENATO_LARANJA

Renato Laranja is BJJ’s comedy persona. He calls himself the “27-time mundial champion” and has a great sense of humor. He is definitely worth following to have a bunch of laughs.


BJ Penn needs no introduction. But for those of you who are new to BJJ, in addition to being an MMA legend, BJ Penn is the first American to win the BJJ world championships at black belt, when they were still held in Brazil under the Nova Uniao banner.

4. Rodolfo Vieira @ RODOLFOVIEIRAJJ

Rodolfo Vieira is the former absolute world champion of the world and is a multiple-time world champion at heavyweight. He is great to follow because not only are his travels inspiring, but you will see how hard he really trains both on the mats and in the gym.

5. Clark Gracie @ CLARKGRACIE

Clark Gracie is easily one of the most popular pure BJJ athletes today. He recently opened a new gym in San Diego and lives an exciting life. It’s fun to see what he is up to and hopefully it can inspire you to do a training trip to Cali if you haven’t already!

6. Tanquinho @ TANQUINHOJJ

Tanquinho is a featherweight world champion and one of the most humble guys in the game. Not much spotlight is placed on this athlete but he lives a very fun life revolving around jiu-jitsu. Check him out!

7. Ary Farias @ ARYFARIASBJJ

Ary Farias is not only one of the top BJJ competitors, but he is also one of the most physically gifted athletes you can find. He is currently preparing for an MMA career so you will get a mixture of content on his Instagram account.

8. Lucas Lepri @ LUCASLEPRI

Lucas Lepri is a long time BJJ competitor and is part of the Alliance team. Like all top BJJ competitors, he travels around the world teaching and keeps his travels documented.

9. Rener Gracie @ RENERGRACIE

Rener and his brother Ryron have their school in Torrance, California, which houses a lot of celebrity practitioners from time to time. In addition to that they have plenty of other fun things to share.

10. Kyra Gracie @ KYRAGRACIE

Kyra Gracie has been BJJ’s lead woman for many years now and in addition to doing BJJ, she is involved with many projects and works for Sport TV in Brazil for UFC event coverage.

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8 Most Popular BJJ Moves

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Jan 16, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Most Popular BJJ Moves

The following list is in no particular order and is based on what you will see often in the big tournaments like the IBJJF and ADCC. This is a mixture sweeps, submissions and guard types – all of which we refer to as “BJJ moves”.

1. Armbar from guard

This particular armbar is one of the most classic submissions that is taught to beginners and is very useful in a self-defense scenario, especially for anti-rape for women. It was more popularized by Royce Gracie during his UFC debut when most people thought that fighting off one's back was the worst possible situation.

2. Berimbolo

Probably the single most popular technique in jiu-jitsu today due to the inversion one must do to instantly take someone's back. The bizarre look of the technique is also part of the appeal and many jiu-jitsu athletes pride themselves on pulling it off successfully. The berimbolo was popularized by the Mendes Brothers and the Miyao Brothers. If you want to be the best at it, it seems you need a brother to practice with!

3. Toreando Pass

One of the most common passes against an open guard. It requires good timing as well as speed to manoeuver around someone's legs. Rodolfo Vieira is one example of an athlete that uses this technique to pass many high level athletes' guards. When successful it looks like it was done with ease.

4. Rear Naked Choke

Another very popular technique used in MMA and submission grappling. It is seen as one of the most dominating submissions since it occurs from someone's back, a very one-sided position. Usually the best jiu-jitsu practitioners are able to steal someone's back and finish with this classic choke.

5. Bow and Arrow Choke

If the rear naked choke (RNC) is the most popular attack from the back in no-gi, then the bow and arrow choke is the most popular attack from the back with a gi. The leverage that one can produce makes this choke extremely efficient. Many fights are finished with this dangerous choke and some popular athletes that love to use this are the Miyao Brothers who manage to take the back of their opponents very often because of their aggressive berimbolo attacks.

6. Triangle from guard

This is another basic technique that is taught at the very early levels of jiu-jitsu. Although it does get much harder to cinch this technique later at the higher levels, it's still something that practitioners hunt for whether they want the actual triangle or use it as a setup for something else.

7. De La Riva Guard

Just as the name suggests, the De La Riva guard (aka the DLR, and popularized by Ricardo De La Riva, originally from Carlson Gracie's school) is one of today's most popular guards and is used often by blue belt level and higher. The DLR has also been used to lead into another very popular move, the Berimbolo.

8. Closed Guard

The most essential guard in all of jiu-jitsu. It can be used at any level and both gi and no-gi. Braulio Estima has been successful in using an effective closed guard at the highest level of competition. It is also a great guard for MMA if used properly to minimize any striking damage.

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3 Reasons to Get Your Black Belt As Soon As Possible

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Jan 2, 2014 10:36:00 AM

Black Belt

When practitioners start BJJ they usually don’t really begin to envision themselves being a black belt – at least not at the very beginning of their training. It’s usually at purple belt that people know that they have committed themselves - they are just hooked at that point. But the journey from purple to black is still usually a very long one, and most people, especially non-competitors, try to not rush their training in order to gain belts. This attitude is completely understandable because if you’re not training full time, it will take a while to get the next belt. However, there are some reasons why someone should put a little more effort into eventually getting their black belt sooner.

1. Compete at black belt at your physical peak.

At some point in someone’s training, they must wonder how it would feel to compete at the worlds at black belt. The black belt adult division is the absolute apex of jiu-jitsu where most of the competitors are in their twenties. Even if you are not a serious competitor, being able to compete in the adult division at this age level could be an experience that you will value for the rest of your life - that you were able to compete against some of the fittest and most agile athletes in the world. But in order to achieve this, depending on when you started BJJ, you have to train harder than expected. Many practitioners like to say “I’ll get my belt when I’m ready” but it’s worth it to try to be ready as soon as possible. Focus on your game, make every class count and don’t take time off. The sooner you get your black belt, the sooner you can test yourself in your twenties, when you’re are your peak.

2. Have the ability to open a gym sooner.

Unfortunately in BJJ, there are not too many forms of compensation for practitioners that dedicate their full time to the sport. The best athletes, like world champions, have the opportunity to scoop-up sponsors and superfights, but that is a small percentage of the serious competitors or full-time teachers out there. So for the others, the options to make a living are usually either opening an academy, working for an academy, teaching privates or group classes, and/or conducting seminars. You don’t have to be famous to get hired for seminars, but realistically, you do need a black belt, and you should be a skillful and knowledgeable one as well. So if you want to work with BJJ full time, it will help to have your belts as soon as possible.

3. You can focus more on the fancy techniques you’ve always wanted to do.

Often I hear professors complain about beginners that continually request to learn fancy techniques before actually mastering their basics. But having a black belt shows that you have achieved a mastery of the bare-bone basics of jiu-jitsu. Metaphorically speaking, you have finally baked your cake and you’ve earned the right to smear on some of the icing. So while still maintaining your strong understanding of the basics, at black belt you can really start to develop all the fancy techniques you want while still being able to kick butt with the fundamental techniques you have developed over time.

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Top 10 No-Gi Competitors in the World – Part 2

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Dec 26, 2013 11:10:00 AM


The following standings are in no particular order and they are more based on current activity. So for example, there may be a competitor out there that is better than some of the following mentioned athletes, but if they have not been particularly active in major no-gi tournaments in the last two years, then they will not be mentioned.

Cyborg Abreu

Cyborg Abreu is the current absolute ADCC champion – the most prestigious title in all of submission grappling. But it’s not the title alone that really gives him a spot on this list, but the fact that he had to defeat Marcus Almeida Buchecha, the current two-time absolute champion in gi jiu-jitsu. Almeida had defeated Cyborg in their weight class division in this ADCC, but Cyborg was able to get his revenge in the absolute. Additionally he is a three-time no-gi world champion.

Marcus Almeida

In the last few years, Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” has become famous for his performance in the gi - especially with his battles against Rodolfo Vieira and his dominating performance against Roger Gracie. However, many overlook his accomplishments in no-gi. In addition to winning his weight class and winning silver in the absolute at the 2013 ADCC, Buchecha is also a six-time no-gi world champion, winning his weight division and absolute in 2011. Since he is only 21 years old, there is no doubt that he still has plenty of time to get all the titles he wants.

Rubens Charles

Rubens Charles, aka “Cobrinha”, is one of the most experienced athletes on this list. Not only is he a four-time world champion in gi, he is also a four-time world champion in no-gi. This year, he was able to achieve one of his most ambitious goals - to once again defeat Rafael Mendes after so many years of hard fought matches against the younger rival. It was in the 2013 ADCC in Beijing that this hard-fought goal came to fruition. No one deserves more to be on this list than Cobrinha.

Kron Gracie

The son of Rickson Gracie is probably one of the most underrated no-gi grapplers in the world today. Although he is not a consistent competitor, he is able to jump into any tournament at any time and produce good results. This year’s ADCC is one example of this ability. Kron was able to defeat some top competitors like JT Torres and Otavio Sousa to win the gold. Hopefully in the near future he will choose to compete more often so we can see him reach his full potential.

Romulo Barral

Romulo has been very busy these last few years. In addition to being a multiple-time gi world champion, Romulo is also the 2009 no-gi world champion. However, this year he was able to conquer the ADCC title in Beijing and defeated several very dangerous opponents in the process, such as Keenan Cornelius and Rafael Lovato Jr.. Being able to come out on top against such opponents is hopefully only a taste of what Barral can do in no-gi.

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Top 10 No-Gi Competitors in the World – Part 1

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Dec 19, 2013 11:12:00 AM


The following list is not in any particular order and is it based on current activity. So for example, there may be a competitor that is better than some of the following mentioned athletes, but if they have not been particularly active in major no-gi tournaments in the last two years, then they were omitted.

Andre Galvao

Andre Galvao is one of the most popular names in BJJ today. He has been a top competitor since his days as a purple belt and now he has won major titles in both gi and no-gi. However, for him to earn a spot on this list, he has dominated at the last two ADCC competitions. In 2011 he had won both his division and absolute, and then in 2013, as the current absolute champion, he had the chance to face the current superfight champion, Braulio Estima. They had faced each other many times before, and this time Galvao had come up on top and is now the current ADCC superfight champion. He will most likely face Cyborg Abreu in 2015 at the next ADCC – a very exciting match.

Caio Terra

Although Caio Terra has been known for his performance in the gi, many don’t realize that he is more accomplished in no-gi. He is has won the world title in no-gi six years consecutively, from 2008 until 2013, in the rooster weight division. This continual domination solidifies him a spot on this list. Unfortunately, he has not competed in the ADCC tournaments, probably because they do not have a category for his size, but it would be a pleasure to watch him against larger opponents regardless. Hopefully one day he can reconsider.

Justin Rader

Justin Rader is one of the three Americans on this list. A black belt under the legend, Rafael Lovato Jr., Justin has been able to conquer two world no-gi titles, in 2010 and 2013, and the bronze medal at the 2013 ADCC only losing to phenoms Cobrinha and Rafael Mendes. He defeated the tricky Joao Miyao to win his bronze medal. Hopefully we can continue to see more from Rader as time goes on, but he has definitely become one of the American greats.

JT Torres

Another American on the list, JT had made the move to Atos from Lloyd Irvin in the last year and he is already feeling the impact of his training with the juggernaut jiu-jitsu team. JT has earned a spot on this list because of his win at the 2013 no-gi world championships and his performance at the 2013 ADCC where he won bronze. Although JT had won his place because his opponent Leo Vieira was injured, we can’t take anything away from his dominating performance this year. Hopefully, along with Justin Rader, he can continue to give American jiu-jitsu a strong presence in the sport.

Rafael Lovato Jr.

Lovato is one of the original American legends in BJJ. One of the few Americans to win a world championship in the gi along with BJ Penn, Lovato has also proved himself to be just as good in no-gi, if not better. This year, Lovato won silver in the ADCC, losing to Romulo Barral. However, he is also the 2013 no-gi world champion, already his second world title because of his win in 2010. The greatest thing about Lovato is that he is also producing new American world champions like James Puopolo and Justin Rader – the future for American BJJ is looking good.

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3 Takedowns That Everyone Should Know

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Dec 12, 2013 4:41:00 PM

Takedowns that everyone should know

The guard pull is becoming more and more popular these days, especially amongst the lighter weight classes. However, this is no excuse for athletes not to learn throws for their arsenal. There has been debate whether the essential takedowns are from judo or wrestling. Some argue that wrestling takedowns should be reserved for no-gi only and judo takedowns for gi jiu-jitsu. The truth is that it doesn’t matter and that the basics from each discipline is useful for either form of jiu-jitsu. It’s okay to use wrestling takedowns in gi jiu-jitsu and it’s okay to use an adapted judo takedown in wrestling. A lot of greco-roman wrestling and judo have overlap in technical details. So here are five general takedowns that everyone should strive to know so they can use it in either form of jiu-jitsu.

1. Single-Leg Takedown

This is one of the most basic takedowns in all of martial arts. Both judo and wrestling have variations of this technique, although in sports judo, it has become illegal to dip down and grab the legs in order to promote the use of more aesthetic throws – a strategy to please the spectator. Regardless, the single leg is so useful in BJJ because there are many techniques from the ground that actually lead into a single-leg. Some of these techniques are basic and some are more advanced, but to name a few, one of the most effective attacks from the seated guard is to stand up with the opponent’s leg and immediately drive into a single-leg takedown. It’s a very high percentage sequence and everyone should know it. Also, Marcelo Garcia fans may recall him leading into a single leg usually from a diving arm drag in both gi and no-gi. The usefulness of this technique applies to all belt levels in different variations.

2. Ippon Seoi Nage

“Ippon”, or the one-arm shoulder throw, is one of the fundamental techniques in judo and is taught at the early belt levels. Although this technique was popularized via judo, wrestling does have its variation of this as well. In BJJ, we have seen champions like Saulo Ribeiro and Leo Vieira use this over and over in both gi and no-gi. Even with the gi, there are several different variations you can do, especially the “drop seoi nage” where you can drop to both knees in order to get under your opponent’s center of gravity easier and also pull him down with you. The main dangers of using this technique are that if done incorrectly, you can drop your opponent on his head and possibly get your back taken. The technique has actually been deemed illegal in judo competition because of the many accidents that had occurred with athletes dropping on their heads and injuring their neck and spine.

3. Deashi Barai

Also known as the advanced foot sweep in English, the Deashi Barai is one of the original fourty judo techniques introduced by Jigoro Kano, the organizer of judo. This is probably one of the most technical sweeps in all of judo because it’s quite impossible to compensate with any power. The only way you can execute the technique is if your timing is perfect with proper gripping, unlike some other throws where you can power your way through. What also makes this technique so special is that it’s like the jab of throws - it’s a great way to set up for other big throws and can be used as a distraction - a must for all grapplers.

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10 Signs That You are a BJJ Geek – Part 2

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Nov 14, 2013 2:49:00 PM

BJJ Geek Part 2

6. You spend most of your time watching hours of BJJ footage – especially right before a training session.

There is something to be said about someone who spends all their free time watching BJJ videos. There is nothing wrong with it, that’s not the point here. But you are definitely a BJJ geek if your habit becomes very one-dimensional. If your daily routine is running home after work and jumping on the computer to watch BJJ videos or lounging on your couch with a BJJ magazine in your hands, you’re a BJJ geek.

7. You only date people that train BJJ because you find that to be one of the most attractive traits.

Are you noticing that the only people that really leave a romantic impression are ones that step on the mat to roll? Do you feel like you need to be surrounded by a partner that understands your love for the sport? Well, that’s an amazing thing, but it definitely adds to your BJJ ‘geekdom’ if this is something you seek. Although, being in a relationship with someone that shares your passion is always a major plus.

8. You know athlete and competition statistics off the top of your head.

Would you say you’re a wiz at knowing when every champion won their title and how they did it? Then it’s easy to say that you’re a BJJ geek. The jiu-jitsu world has plenty of different tournaments and events that put on very interesting matches and pit some of the best grapplers against each other. This means that it keeps things interesting for the geeks to stay up to date with each athlete’s win, especially at black belt. The more hardcore geeks keep a close eye on the up and comers in the blue, purple and brown belt divisions.

9. You own a collection of BJJ DVDs that you don’t actually watch because you get similar stuff off youtube.

The biggest BJJ geeks love to collect BJJ DVDs, like instructionals, documentaries and tournaments even though they probably won’t really watch those videos more than once. Most of their time will be spent watching videos on youtube and other BJJ sites. DVD collectors like to feel that they have a compendium of knowledge within their grasp and at any time they could reach into it and find the information they need. It can be very useful and also very geeky.

10. Even though you don’t compete, you like to stitch up your gi with as many patches as possible to feel like a world-class competitor at the academy.

Actually, you don’t have to do it just to feel like a professional, you can stitch up your gi with pretty much anything you like. Outside of BJJ academy and brand patches, people have used comic book patches and soccer patches to cover their gis. But, the truth is, the more patches you put on your gi, the higher your BJJ geek rate. There really isn’t anything wrong with patching up your gi, it’s fun and it’s good to represent the things you like on your gi – it’s like having tattoos.

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