Tracks BJJ students grapple and practice their Jiu Jitsu skills in Coon RapidsWhen you take on learning something new, like Jiu Jitsu, it can sometimes feel like information overload. Getting to know the terminology is part of the learning process.

To get you more familiar with the vocabulary used in Jiu Jitsu, here is a glossary of BJJ terms that can be helpful for new students:

BJJ Terms for New Students

Base refers to your base of support. Forming a good base while grappling means you are stable and balanced, and it will be more difficult to push you over.

The belt you wear in BJJ denotes your rank. Belt rankings include white, blue, purple, brown, and black.

The bridge is one of the basic BJJ movements where you forcefully lift your hips from the ground to escape a mount.

A technique used to get out of a disadvantaged position.

BJJ is traditionally performed while wearing a gi, or kimono, with a belt.

A dominant position where you are above your opponent’s body.

No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu refers to training without the gi. Instead, students typically wear board shorts and a rashguard (a form-fitting polyester or spandex shirt).

In BJJ, rolling refers to sparring. It’s a way for students to apply their skills against an opponent and practice techniques on each other.

Tapping Out or Tap
Tapping is the most common way to signal defeat or withdrawal, and it’s a way to keep you safe while training. Students can tap their opponent, hit the mat with their feet, or verbally tap out.

At Tracks BJJ in Coon Rapids, our motto is Opera Non Verba – Deeds Not Words. And we are here to help you achieve your personal martial arts goals. To learn more about how to get started with one of our BJJ programs, contact us today.