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8 Things To Avoid In Jiu Jitsu

Posted: September 27, 2022

Jiu Jitsu can arguably be traced back to the Buddhist monks of India, Jiu Jitsu (sometimes referred to as "Ju Jitsu") in its modern form comes from Japan. Even more modernised now in the form of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

No matter the origin, practises or modern form there are things to avoid when it comes to teaching and training Jiu Jitsu.

The larger your martial arts academy is the likelihood of the variety of characters in the gym widens. The thing to highlight is, that many of these common BJJ mistakes are not intentional and often people have no idea they’re doing them. Some are funny, others are offensive, and some may actually be quite serious offenses.

With that in mind, Ellis Academy Of Self Defence have put together the following 8 things to avoid in Jiu-Jitsu training.

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, confident and get yourself out of your comfort zone.

2.Learn And Don’t Bring Your ‘A’ Game

Using your A game in every training session will leave you no room for improvement. Training should be focused on refining and adding new techniques. Do not treat every roll like a competition match – your training partners are not your opponents. Do not let your ego get in the way and stop you from learning and trying new techniques.

Remember that every training session is a chance to become better, and tapping is not a sign that you are weak or not skilled.


This one is pretty self-explanatory, and you’d expect everyone to be aware of it. Sadly, that’s not the case. That said this is also one of those more serious offenses. It’s not just about the discomfort of training with a person that doesn’t take rudimentary care of hygiene. Spreading diseases ranging from the common flu to ringworm is rooted in this issue, which makes it a serious offense. That said, just about anything related to hygiene falls under this category. Still, a smelly Gi and long untrimmed nails are pretty much on top of it all.

4.Poor Habits

It is extremely difficult to be a successful Jiu Jitsu practitioner while living a sedentary lifestyle of poor eating, sleeping, and recreational habits. Jiu Jitsu underlines the importance of living an active lifestyle, which creates lifelong habits.

5.Age Groups

One for the coaches.

It is common to mix age groups, and in some adult circumstances, all ages can be brought together. Child development is in stark contrast to this, as a child under the age of 15 their development isn’t close. For example, a child aged 9 is much more receptive and attentive than someone that is only 3 / 4 years their junior.

Separate age groups the younger they are and start making larger age gaps the older they get.

6.Disruptive Behaviour

This one is huge. Joking and having a laugh is fun and to a certain level. However, going overboard is not something your training partners or your instructors will not enjoy. Joking, talking or disrupting class in any way is doing nobody favours. You’re both preventing the instructor form teaching and you training partners from learning. Stay in line.

7.Speaking When Rolling

Each martial art academy has “that” man. Speaking during coaching isn’t the correct time and neither is when you’re rolling. Do you could have a question? Ask after. Questions are great for any coach, it shows you’re listening and learning, but remember to ask at an appropriate time.

8.Threats Or Curses

The mat is like a temple and cursing are 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 and respect your Sensei!  

Remember, Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art First and a sport Second.

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We hope you learn and adapt 8 Things To Avoid In Jiu Jitsu. Our focus here at Ellis Academy is self-defence. Our programme is based on Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with easy fundamentals and instinctive movements, our system is designed for a real-life scenario and we aim to teach it in the shortest possible time.

All our instructors are certified black belts, qualified, and professionally trained to teach martial arts. Our facility is always clean, and we have an extensive schedule for all age groups.

Our academy is situated in Surrey. To find out more about our self-defence programme and the real-life benefits of learning this gentle art don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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