What Is Combat Jiu-Jitsu? An Introduction To Combat Jiu-Jitsu

Eddie Bravo is a calm martial artist who bridged the gap between MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). He brought a unique style to BJJ and created a new form of Jiu-Jitsu called combat Jiu-Jitsu.

Jui Jitsu is a martial art that combines the skills of both BJJ and Judo, Combat Jiu Jitsu was created by combining the two arts.

What Is Combat Jiu-Jitsu? An Introduction To Combat Jiu-Jitsu

All of the traditional skills of BJJ were retained while adding some striking techniques.

As the name implies, this style of jiu-jitsu focuses on fighting. Students learn how to use their hands and feet to counter attacks. What are the origins of this sport ?


In the 1900s Maeda, an expert trained by judo inventor Kano Jigoro  was sent abroad to teach jiu-jitsu to the world. He went to Brazil in 1904 and met Gastao Gracie who became a business partner of the circus Queiroz Bros.

In 1917, he saw a demo of kano jujitsu by Maeda and decided to learn it.

Carlos Gracie learned kano jujitsu from his father and later taught it to other people.

Although the Gracie family is usually considered to be the most important lineage of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, there was another lineage, especially represented by 14th generation master, Marco Donelan.

His nephew Mark McDonnell then learned from him and became an Australian legend himself.


As is the case with many historicl facts it isn’t clear exaclty where Jui Jirsu orginated. But there are a fair few theories. 

Each culture had a form of comabt such as  boxing or fighting. It is thought orginal influences came form ancient Greece possibly due to the traditional olympic games.

The sport of pankration involved certain wrestling techniques and Alexander the Great was responsible for in spreading Greek culture throughout different nations. His influence in India is likely  to have laid the foundation of jiu-Jitsu as we know it. 

Once in India the sport was developed by Buddhist monks as a way of protecting themselves form bandits that attempted to attack them during their long trips through India.

Their great intelligence and wisdom meant that they understood the human body on all levels and were able to apply science and create the prefect combination of balance, manipulation, weight transference and momentum to protect themselves form others. 

Another theory is that jui jitsu orginated from china during the fall of the Ming Dynasty. Chinese monks used their expertise in Kempo to develop a wrestling sport. 

Whatever the real truth about the originas of Jui jitsu there is no doubt that is was the Japanese that refined it and created the very sophisicated system now known as jui jitsu. 


As we’ve seen, Jiu-Jitsu evolved from Judo. But some of the early rules of judo changed over time. These changes included emphasizing groundwork techniques and reducing the number of joint locks allowed.

This change in the rules led to the development of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ).

Ground fighting positions such as the Rear Mount receive higher scores and the emphasis of the fight lies in establishing a dominant position against the opponent on the ground and submitting him using chokeholds or joints locks.

Unlike previous rules, BJJ allows leg grabs and sweeps. However, spinal locks are not allowed neither are cervical locks.

A match lasts for ten minutes with no extra time. Open hand strikes are allowed when competitors are on the ground, but only to the face or body. When both competitors are standing, striking is prohibited. 

A competitor is considered down when their knees or buttocks touch the floor. Combat Jiu-Jitsu is designed to be constantly active, so if after one minute there have been no take downs, the referee will intervene and enforce the “get down” rule.

A coin flip determines who goes first in the butterfly position. Competitors are allowed to be on the ground for 30 seconds over the entire match.

This means that if a competitor is in full guard of another competitor, or if they are entangled in a leglock, they must release themselves within ten seconds otherwise they will face penalties. 

If they do break guard or disengage, they must re-engage within ten seconds.All submissions are allowed. . During overtime, matches are won by either submission (including choke) or TKO. No other rules apply.


In the first round of overtime, the opponent attacks from the spiderweb position. The opponent wins by submission. The second round of OT starts when one of the opponents escapes. The third round of overtime starts when both opponents escape.

In the first round, both fighters escaped within 1 second; therefore, the fight was a draw. In the second round, the fighter who had the faster escape time won by default.

In the third round, the fighter who won the previous two rounds by default wins by knockout.



Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes submissions, sparring and drilling. This kind of training allows practitioners to train at full speed and with maximum power.

Positional drills are common. Isolation sparring is done where only a specific technique or set of techniques are used. Full sparring means that every move is attempted and every technique is used.

Physical conditioning is very important in this sport. Practical applications focus on self-defense and students will practice being attacked while surrounded by others who try to harm them.

Self-defense techniques include blocking, takedowns, chokes, and throws.

There is a growing trend in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu toward sport-based training. Many schools now focus on winning matches instead of developing skills.

Traditionalists feel that this is not what BJJ was designed for. They believe that B.J.J. should be more realistic and emphasize self-defense. 

Some academies still teach open hand strikes as part of class. The goal is to make sure students are aware of the importance of defending themselves when on the ground. 

Bjj combines elements of boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, karate, judo, jujitsu, etc. In order to become a black belt, you must pass through 5 levels of competition. 

At level 1, you learn how to punch and block. 

At level 2, you learn how to throw punches and kicks.

At level 3, you learn how to grapple and wrestle. 

At level 4, you learn how to fight using weapons. 

And at level 5, you learn how to defeat an opponent using any means necessary.


The new style of jiu-jitsu was invented by Eddie Bravo. He called this new style “combat jiu-jitsu”. This new style of jiu-jitsu was very popular among the MMA fans.

But there were some problems with this new style. The fans didn’t know how to use this new style of jiujitsu. Some of them even thought that this new style of jiu-jitsu couldn’t even be classed as a true martial art

Nowadays the sport of combat jiu-jitsu is growing rapidly across the country as people become aware of the benefits of this new sport.

This sport is very different from traditional martial arts because it combines aspects of both grappling and striking styles. Competitors from both sides of the fence can benefit greatly from this sport.

Yes, learning how to use combat jiu-jitsu is a great way to stay in shape and it helps you learn new skills. You can learn many different techniques including takedowns, submission holds and ways to strike your opponents. 

The rules involved are a great way to keep your focus while training. Some people may not wish to compete in a martial art that involves fighting.

This could include those who do not enjoy physical confrontation or those who are afraid of being injured. In this case, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) might be a better fit for you.


In the past, wrestling was serious business. People took it very seriously. However, as time went on, the audience started to laugh at the wrestlers who slapped each other’s faces.

This led to the two rivals becoming less serious and more playful. Eventually, the sport was not taken seriously anymore. Nowadays, some fans think that the sport is not worth watching because of the lack of seriousness.

Therefore, we need to take steps to ensure that wrestling is still taken seriously.

Next Steps 

If you decide you want to start learning Jiu-Jitsu then get involved in some classes. Learn new combat jiujitsu techniques, rules, submission holds, and more.

Transform yourself into a better fighter and learn how to compete in this exciting sport. What other things should you look for ?

Firstly, you need to select  a gym. A good gym should have a high percentage of coloured belts. Instructors should be friendly and supportive of students and the gym should not have any cult-like behaviour.

It should be conveniently located and cater to your goals such as self-defense, competitions and more. The instructors should be knowledgeable and experienced. 

A gym may be found by searching online or using an app, but if the gym does not have a website or social media presence, it probably won’t show up in any searches.

Gyms that are listed on Google and Bing Maps are more likely to be active than those who aren’t. Also, check out the gym’s Facebook page to check when it was last updated and if there is any activity.

You should always check out a gym before signing up. Find out what kind of people are there, how often they train, what their prices are, and if there is anything else you need to know about them.

Look for online reviews to check out the quality and other people’s experiences. 

You should also check if there are beginner classes available on the schedule. Some of them include specific instructions about what skills to learn first. These classes may be labeled as “Beginner Bjj,” “intro to bjj,” ‘bjj 101,’ or something similar.

If you do not find any classes with the word ‘beginner’ on the schedule, then this means that the gym does not accept new students without previous experience. You should always check out the rules of any gym before joining.

Many gyms require beginners to take a certain class before starting training. Others may offer private lessons. Both ways are acceptable. However, some gyms do not allow beginners to join until they complete a mandatory beginner’s class.

In Summary 

Whichever type of martial arts you to decide to pursue it will no doubt be a positive experience as you push your body and mind to the limit and get the satisfaction of reaching your goals. 

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