Monday, October 24, 2011

BJJ Key Terms

I think there are certain terms that will always come up in BJJ because they are connected to an idea. We use those words but how do we really know if the person listening understands what you mean, or how you mean it?

I think there are some BJJ key terms that people should memorize or even be given a list. Here's just some of those terms.

Parallel
Perpendicular
X - Axis
Limbs - Not just including arms and legs, but trunk and head as well.
Cling
Grip
Over
Under
Sag
Sweep
Reverse
Lever, fulcrum, effort, load
Angle
Center of gravity
Center of mass
Force

You guys can probably think of a lot more. As you get more advanced, it seems there are more terms you use to define certain nuances.

But also as you get more advanced, there are some things just left to feel. As Albert Einstein said:


"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.”

2 comments:

  1. Great list. Its kind of funny reading it though, I don't think I've ever heard some of those terms used on the mat. In context, I could figure out X-axis, and I'm gueesing you say to "sag" when we would say to "get heavy".

    Here's some commonly used in my school.

    posture up
    base
    upa
    bridge
    scramble
    get heavy
    walk your feet or fingers up the mat
    out the backdoor
    machine gun
    bounce
    flatten

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  2. I know what you mean. All good terms. I tried to stick to terms that are more universal so as long as you speak English, you can get an idea of what that means. The instructor then applies to to BJJ.

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