Jiu-Jitsu is a fighting art dedicated to self-development through competitive challenge. It’s so rich and dynamic that it’s endlessly fascinating to study–but also pretty daunting to get started with. Breaking everything down into categories can help. We start with: Grappling, conditioning, learning, partnering, and culture. Almost everything you need to know to get started in jiu-jitsu can be found under those categories.
Grappling is a method of physically controlling another person.
When we think about jiu-jitsu, we’re usually thinking about the grappling part: Positions like clinch, guard, and mount; techniques like takedowns, arm locks, leg locks and chokes; and at a slightly more sophisticated level, the strategies for putting everything together to get our challengers to tap.
Conditioning is preparing the body and mind for grappling–developing strength, stamina, flexibility, composure, focus, flow, a growth mindset, and more.
Learning is about acquiring the skills for grappling, and doing it in the most efficient and durable way possible. Learning how to learn jiu-jitsu is a huge time saver.
Partnering is about how to work with other grapplers, since without them we can’t learn either.
Culture includes the history, people, places, events, social conventions, ethical norms, and all the other factors that provide the context for grappling, conditioning, learning, partnering.