What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

In this article

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that originated in Japan but was developed and popularized in Brazil. It is known for its emphasis on ground fighting and submission grappling, allowing a practitioner to overcome a larger opponent through technique and leverage. Here are key aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:


Fundamental Principles:

Guard System:


Belts and Ranking:



Gi (Kimono) and No-Gi:

MMA Integration:

Growth and Globalization:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continues to evolve, with practitioners exploring new techniques and strategies. Its emphasis on adaptability, problem-solving, and the development of a well-rounded skill set has contributed to its enduring popularity in the martial arts community.

Further Reading

History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

History of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

History of Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

The difference between gi and no-gi BJJ

One week FREE trial at Newcastle Mixed Martial Arts

Newcastle Mixed Martial Arts serves the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter Valley Region providing a proven program to learn mixed martial arts (MMA) combining Muay Thai Kickboxing & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) for those interested in learning effective self-defence.

We train and develop people of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Come and try a FREE week of training to see if it’s something that might be for you.

Text us on 0432 250 761, or email jl@newcastlemma.com.au to arrange to come by at a time that works for you.

Discover more about our gym and members by reading our Google Reviews here.

Request for more information

Have questions about our Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, BJJ, or MMA programs? 
Want more information on how our classes are run for kids, teens, and adults? 
Fill in your details and we’ll get in touch to answer any questions you may have, as well as the opportunity to join us for a free trial.