Terminology


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With any new hobby comes a lot of new technical terms and jargon.  If you have a question that is not answered below, please use the form at the bottom of the page and I will post an answer on this page within a day.

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Gear

Gear

Rashguard

A Rashguard is an elastic shirt borrowed from the surfing community and worn in No-Gi or underneath your jacket in Gi Jiu-Jitsu.

Honey Badger Rashguard

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Gi

The gi used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was adapted from the uniform commonly used in Japanese martial arts. The gi is used to represent street clothes, but also withstand rigorous training for years.  The term kimono is sometimes used to describe the whole outfit, or occasionally just the jacket.

The only colors allowed for international championships are white, black or blue. In some jurisdictions this is relaxed to allow any single solid color.

Patches

Patches may only be affixed in authorized regions of the gi, as depicted in the illustrations below. They should be of cotton fabric and properly seamed. All patches unseamed or in unauthorized regions of the gi will be removed by the gi inspectors.

Permitted: a gi brand tag in the front lower part of the pants (according to illustration). The tag must be made of a thin fabric (not embroided) and be at most 36 cm.

IFBJJ Patch Locations

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Belt

The practitioner’s belt denotes his/her rank, symbolic of his/her experience.  The belt used in BJJ has a black stripe on one of the ends of the belt, which is an area designated for stripes.  A practitioner must earn up to four stripes on his/her belt before being considered ready for a next belt.  The color-belt system starts with white, then blue, purple, brown, black, black-red and finishes with red.

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What Size Gi Should I Get?

Sizes aren’t always 100% accurate from brand to brand, but here are some general guidelines:

Kid’s Sizes:

Size Height
M0 3’7″ – 3’11”
M1 4′ – 4’5″
M2 4’5″ – 4’9″
M3 4’9 – 5’1″
M4 5’1″ – 5’5″

Adult’s Sizes:

Size Height Weight
A1 5′ – 5’4″ 100-130 lbs
A2 5’4″ – 5’7″ 125-150 lbs
A3 5’7″ – 5’10” 145-180 lbs
A4 5’10” – 6’1″ 170-215 lbs
A5 6’1″ – 6’4″ 210-250 lbs

Women’s Sizes:

Size Height Weight
W1 5’2″ – 5’5″ 110-140 lbs
W2 5-5″ – 5’9″ 140-170 lbs
W3 5’9″ – 6’1″ 160-200 lbs
W4 6’0″ – 6’5″ 200-250 lbs
W5 6’0″ – 6’4″ 225-275 lbs
W6 6’2″ – 6’6″ 250-300 lbs

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Warm-Ups

Warm-Ups

Burpees

The Burpee is a full body, conditioning exercise that is performed in four steps:

  1. Begin in a standing position.
  2. Drop into sprawl position with your hands on the ground and feet back in one quick motion, emulating the defense you would use if your opponent shoots on you.
  3. Return to the squat position in one quick motion.
  4. Explode upward, jumping to “touch the ceiling” and settling in an upright standing position.

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Brazilian Push-ups

  • Brazilian Push-ups start from a squatting position
  • Walk your hands out in front of you 2-3 times each hand until your body extends into a push-up position
  • Do a push up
  • Keep your hands in place while you push forward with both legs to get back to the starting, squatting position

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Other Techniques

Other Techniques

Sprawl

A sprawl is a mixed martial arts and wrestling term for a defensive technique that is done in response to double or single leg takedowns. The sprawl is performed by scooting the legs backwards, driving hips downward landing on the upper back of the opponent attempting the takedown, while trying to underhook your opponent’s arms. The resultant position is also known as a sprawl or sprawling position.

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Positions

Positions

High-Mount

Mount position that is high on your opponent’s chest, rather than his/her hips. This helps to avoid being bumped off your opponent from a low-mount, where your center of gravity is close to your opponent’s hips. High-mount can also force your opponent’s arms away from his/her body, allowing you to isolate an arm for a submission.

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Guard (Closed)

In closed guard, the bottom grappler has their legs around the opponent’s trunk and has their ankles closed together to provide control and a barrier to escaping the position.

Jeremy Seda in Closed Guard at the Revolution Tournament

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Guard (Open)

In open guard, the legs are not hooked together and the bottom grappler uses their legs or feet to push or pull in a more dynamic fashion.  The bottom grappler also risks the chance of having their guard passed, as opposed to closed guard.

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Kesa-Gatame

A side-control position where one arm goes around the opponent’s neck, the other arm secures the opponent’s arm, while driving weight down onto the opponent’s chest and with one leg flat on the ground and the other perpendicular to the mats, both at a 90° bend.

“Kesa-Gatame…It’s like a Quesadilla, just filled with Gatame!”

– Rollo May

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Butterfly Guard

Open guard position where the instep of the feet are hooked on the inside of the fighter’s legs.

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Submissions

Submissions

Armbar

The armbar is a submission where you are attempting to tap your opponent out by locking out the elbow joint with the intention of hyper-extending the elbow.  This can be done from numerous positions, but most commonly seen from mount and guard.

Jeremy Seda representing T-Town MMA and pulling off an Interverted Armbar at the Revolution

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Escapes

Escapes

Roll to Control

Highly effective escape from mount that is best done right as someone transitions to mount, before they settle in:

  1. Trap one of your opponents leg by stepping over and to the outside of one of their ankles
  2. Trap the outside of the same side arm, right at the elbow-pit
  3. Bump at a 45° angle on the same side and roll your opponent over to his/her back
  4. Immediately go to bicep-control, pushing your body back away from your opponent
  5. If done quickly enough, you will end up in your opponent’s open-guard

 

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Neck Crank

A spinal lock submission technique applied by pulling, bending, twisting or elongating the neck beyond its normal ranges of rotation, and causes hyperextension, hyperflexion, hyperrotation or extension-distraction of the cervical spine.

Neck cranks are usually illegal in tournaments, except for the Elite bracket.

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