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4 Common Misconceptions about Jiu Jitsu

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very interesting and complex martial art to study. Many people study the art from all the corners of the world and with the diverse amount of exposure it gets there are also many misconceptions about what Jiu Jitsu really is and what it is not. Here are the top 4 misconceptions about Jiu Jitsu I here on a regular basis.

Number one for me is the idea that Jiu Jitsu does not include stand up self-defense striking. This is completely false. If you go to any of the 1st or 2nd generation BJJ masters you will learn quickly that Jiu Jitsu is a complete art. At its core Jiu Jitsu encompasses. Striking defense and some offensive counter striking as well as takedowns and throws plus all the normal ground work we all know and love.

Number two is that if you train Jiu Jitsu there is no reason to cross train. While for many people the need to cross train other arts, the need to cross train can be present in certain situations. For example if you train at a school with little to no takedown work then it may be beneficial to train Judo/Wrestling as well. The need to cross train is also present if you intend to fight in any MMA bouts.

Number three is that if you truly love Jiu Jitsu you shouldn’t train any other arts. While I myself only train BJJ this is simply not true. Some people have the drive and will to become as good as they can at every discipline. So who are we to judge if someone also wants to learn Karate,kali,JKD or any other traditional art. While a lot of us truly fall in love with Jiu Jitsu; some people just have a passion for martial arts in general.

Last I want to talk about the black belt. The black belt has this idea ingrained in the martial arts culture as the be all/ end all and it is not. First I want to say that obviously I am not a black belt, but I have been in this culture long enough to be exposed to what the black belt means. First off black belt does not mean you are invincible. I have heard many interviews and even seen first-hand black belts can get caught by their higher ranking students and obviously by other black belts. And second, black belt is not the end (literally and figuratively). I don’t think there is a black belt in the world that hasn’t learned that you will always be learning no matter how long you have trained.

These are just a few of the most common misconceptions about Jiu Jitsu .

About the author: Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt under Anibal Lobo and Pedro Sauer.

2 comments… add one
  • Eric

    Hi, nice article. You might comment about when cross training to ask permission and tell your Senseis/Coaches/Professors about the other instructors. It honors your instructors by asking, and can allow them to instruct you better.

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