Some common phrases used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) are two combat sports that have gained popularity worldwide. BJJ is a grappling-based martial art that emphasizes ground fighting, while MMA is a full-contact sport that allows striking and grappling techniques from various martial arts. Both sports have their own unique terminology, which can be confusing for those unfamiliar with them. Here are some common phrases used in BJJ and MMA:

  1. "Shrimp Out" - This is a technique used in BJJ to escape from a bottom position. The practitioner moves their hips and legs to create space and escape their opponent's control.

  2. "Oss" - A term used as a form of respect between practitioners, often yelled to show appreciation after a good technique or match. "Oss" is short for "ossu," which is derived from the Japanese "onegaishimasu," meaning "please."

  3. "Keep on rolling" - Encouragement to continue training, often used at the end of a BJJ session. "Rolling" refers to the practice of sparring with a partner in BJJ.

  4. "You quit when the gorilla is tired" - A motivational phrase that means to never give up, even when exhausted. The phrase refers to the idea that a gorilla is one of the strongest animals and wouldn't quit, so neither should the practitioner.

  5. "Choke" - A submission hold in BJJ and MMA that involves cutting off the air supply of an opponent. Chokes can be applied from a variety of positions and can be used to force an opponent to submit.

  6. "Tap Snap or Nap" - A reminder to always tap out (submit) when in a dangerous position, rather than risk injury. This phrase emphasizes the importance of knowing when to submit and avoiding injury.

  7. "A black belt is a white belt who never quit" - A phrase that emphasizes the importance of perseverance and hard work in achieving success in BJJ. A black belt in BJJ is the highest rank and is considered a symbol of mastery in the sport.

These phrases are just a small sample of the unique terminology used in BJJ and MMA. By understanding these phrases, one can gain a deeper appreciation for these combat sports and the communities that surround them.

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