Dumb Things People Say About Sport Jiu-Jitsu

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We bring you the dumbest things people say about Jiu-Jitsu whether those people train in Jiu-Jitsu or not. All of the things written in this post are from our followers on social media. So, here they are:

  • “It’s not a martial art, it’s a lifestyle”
  • The “Gentle” art
  • “It’s gay”
  • “Leave the ego at the door”
  • “isn’t that like karate?”
  • “My kid is 10 years old and he is a black belt …y are u only a purple belt”
  • “my son started Tae Kwon do at age 4 and by 10 he was black belt and then retired as a black belt”
  • “”the Gracie’s are crybabies look at Royce he’s old and washed up it doesn’t work agains multiple attackers”
  • “Bruce Lee would destroy Royce Gracie because he punches faster than a machine gun”
  • “Just stand up”
  • “I don’t need takedowns. I’ll pull guard”
  • “It isn’t practical in a street fight”
  • “Jiu-Jitsu makes people more humble.”
  • “It makes you gay cause you like to choke other men”
  • “That it works in the streets”
  • “That the Gracie’s are still the best at Jiu-jitsu”
  • The tall guy who doesn’t train anything watching lightweights: “They have weight classes because I would fuck those small guys up.”
  • “Doesn’t work on me, if you can take me down I go crazy”
  • “BJJ is useless… I will K.O my opponent before it goes to the ground.”
  • “It’s stupid doesn’t work in real life”
  • “It’s only gay if you make eye contact”
  • “it doesn’t work on concrete”
  • “Bro, I can armbar a bear”
  • “When they do board chopping motions”
  • “That Jiu-Jitsu makes people more humble”
  • “If you go to the ground in a street fight then 12 NFL offensive linemen will suddenly appear and stomp your head with Timbs, it’s like the laws of physics bro.”
  • “It’s only gay if you make eye contact”
  • “Strenght and size don’t matter!”


Recently one of my newer White Belts competed in a BJJ competition. And while he was competing he made a few blunders with his guard pulling. Par for the course when it comes to a newer competitor trying to hit a technique in the intensity of sport Jiu-Jitsu.

What was funny though is as he won the match the people on the other team criticized his techniques because “it wouldn’t work on the streets.” And this my friend is one of the most annoying things I hear people in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu say about others who are competing in sport Jiu-Jitsu. Because of course, many sports moves won’t work in a self-defense situation or fight. That’s a given.

But during a competition we aren’t in a street fight, we are involved in a sport Jiu-jitsu match. I share my own ideas about the whole self-defense vs sport Jiu-Jitsu thing but I’d love to hear some of the things you hear said about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (whether from other BJJ players or other martial arts).

So leave a comment with something people say about BJJ that makes you just roll your eyes. Leave your comments down below and I’ll chime in and chat with you. -Chewy

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