Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is well known for it’s amazing techniques.  Less attention is given to the theoretical elements that lie beyond the techniques.  Yet it is these core principles that get to the heart of why we train and the true purpose of Jiu Jitsu.  An awareness of these principles is critical to overall development.  The BJJ Mind offers the Jiu Jitsu practitioner an in-depth look at these important concepts that often remain hidden beneath the surface, or in plain sight.

The purpose of this website is to delve deeply into the heart of Jiu Jitsu, and of grappling in general.

“The extent of the benefits of going to the dojo and practicing randori on a daily basis depends greatly on your attitude.” – Jigoro Kano

Improving Your Jiu Jitsu Attacks.

Jiu Jitsu confers an almost magical ability to control and submit another person. Untrained people unknowingly betray the weakness of the human form – allowing the Jiu Jitsu practitioner to ply his or her wares both effectively and efficiently. However, when the adversary also has the power of Jiu Jitsu – it is necessary to dig a little deeper, becoming more thoughtful and nuanced in our attacks.

Are You Frustrated By Jiu Jitsu?

As a black belt, Jiu Jitsu is still frustrating – there is always someone who is better, and there is always more to learn. There is an endless supply of complicated moves that we are supposed to know and be able to execute under pressure. Meanwhile, feedback on our “failures” is quick and immediate. TAP, TAP, TAP!!!

The Importance of Relaxing in Jiu Jitsu

My training partner Juan was a white belt like me, except he had 3 stripes on his belt, where I had none. He was presently on top of me in side control. As I struggled against his superior position and extra 30 pounds, one of his many sweat droplets fell into my left eye. In between Juan’s grunts I think the word “prison rape” flashed through my mind. As I panicked, the Professor shouted out, “RELAX!!!”

Does Jiu Jitsu Have a Philosophy?

Throughout history the majority of martial arts have operated within a culture of honor. Warrior classes from Vikings to Medieval knights to modern military personnel have shared this tendency as well. The ideal has always been to combine martial skills with ethical codes of behavior.

The 7 – 5 – 3 Jiu-Jitsu Code.

The Seven Principles Of Bushido. Right Action.  Doing what is just without regard to consequence.   (Correct judgment or procedure for the resolution of righteousness.) Courage.  Having the inner strength to stand for what is right. Benevolence.  Having a kind...

5 Reasons Why Jiu Jitsu is The Gentle Art.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength. – St. Francis de Sales Jiu Jitsu is a Japanese phrase that is commonly translated as “the gentle art.” At first glance this might seem misleading.  After all, the goal of Jiu Jitsu is to...

An Ancient Take On Gi Vs Nogi.

The ancient Greeks utilized training methods similar to our modern day no-gi and gi training. The better a wrestler is at imposing and negating grips, the more effective they will be.  It is easier to make grips on a dry coarse surface.  Conversely it is harder to...

Born to Grapple. Are Humans More Adapted for Grappling than Running?

Why Humans are Better Grapplers than Runners. “I swear it upon Zeus, the outstanding runner cannot be the equal of the average wrestler.” This is a quote that is commonly ascribed to Socrates, who lived more than 2,500 years ago. Modern scientific research appears to...


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