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Is there striking in BJJ?

Updated: Apr 1

Closeup of a fist with the blurred image of a person throwing a punch behind it

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is both a martial art for self-defense and a sport. In self-defense situations, striking is a major factor, so when we train BJJ for self-defense, we include striking. In BJJ competitions, striking techniques are illegal, so when we train for BJJ as a sport, we don't include striking.

Fundamentals Classes

Groundworks Fundamentals classes include some striking because we cover both the self-defense and sport BJJ applications of the techniques and positions. My worst nightmare as an instructor is that one of my students gets hurt in a self-defense situation because they incorrectly think they have the ability to keep themselves safe due to their dominance in sport BJJ. I think it's critical for students to know how to apply their Jiu-Jitsu skills in realistic self-defense scenarios with actively resisting opponents. You will learn how, when, and why to give and receive strikes in our Fundamentals Classes.

Advanced & All Levels Classes

Groundworks Advanced and All Levels classes are strictly sport BJJ focused, so we don't do any striking. These classes follow the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) ruleset for Adult Brown and Black Belt competitors.

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