Eight Things to AVOID in Jiu-Jitsu

The number eight has long been regarded as the luckiest number in Chinese culture. With the pronunciation of “Ba” in Chinese, the number eight sounds similar to the word “Fa”, which means to make a fortune. It contains meanings of prosperity, success, and high social status too, so all businessmen favor it very much.

We are not doing business, and I don’t speak Chinese, but I still wish you luck and success in your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey. So, here are eight things to avoid in jiu-jitsu.  


1 – Comfort Zone

Avoid your comfort zone. During sparring, don’t choose only lower belts and lighter people. Jiu- jitsu promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique. Rolling with a bigger person is a must! Be Cool Under Pressure.


2 – Don’t Talk During Rolling

Every gym has “that” guy. Talking in the middle of training is not the right time. Do you have a question? Ask after. It’s a human chess game, correct? Focus! Connect your mind to the game.


3 – Long Nails

Trimming your nails is not only good hygiene, but it could also help with your grips. The best day to trim is your day off from jiu-jitsu. YES to choking, NO to scratching!


4 – A Dirty Gi

A dirty gi is not a good sign of hygiene. Wash your gi! Stinky gis are full of germs and bacteria that cause diseases. You need your training partner, so don’t push him away with your smelly gi.

5 – Heavy Meals Before Jiu-Jitsu

Your body needs at least one hour to digest. Double the time for heavy meals. Energy to digest or energy for jiu-jitsu? Which one will your body pick first?


6 – Start Training on Your Butt

During sparring, start on your knees. If you are a guard player, pull and sit after the fist bump. Both players should start rolling on their knee as a sign of respect. Remember, jiu-jitsu is a martial art.   


7 – Hurt Your Training Partner

Train hard but train smart! Training “porrada style” does not mean to break your training partner’s arm. You need your training partner to get better in jiu-jitsu, so take care of them. Don’t forget, karma doesn’t forgive.


8 – Cursing

The mat is like a temple and cursing is forbidden. Almost in every school, the mats are full of different people. Seniors, adults, kids, we are all sharing the mats together. Be a good example to the young guns. Respect your Sensei!  

Remember, jiu-jitsu is a martial art first and a sport second.

Best of luck,





Born and Raised in the City of Curitiba in southern Brazil. 19 years of Jiu-Jitsu and today is one of the professors and partners of Higher Ground Jiu-Jitsu in Rowland Heights, CA and a contributor to Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. You can keep in touch with him on his social media channels as well.

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