3 Common Jiu Jitsu Rituals/Signs/Sayings

3 jiu jitsu culture norms

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very unique culture with it’s own set of rituals and habits.

Let’s take a look at 3 below:

  1. Shaka sign – This is a common gesture as seen below. Practically speaking it can mean “what’s up!” or “see ya later.” Or it can mean you are happy for something or something someone else did. It is often in Jiu Jitsu photos as a way of expressing the “chill” cultural aspects. It has island origins where some say it means to “hang loose” among the surf culture. If you meet someone new in Jiu Jitsu or see someone you know from afar it is okay to flash a shaka sign as a show of solidarity.
shaka sign in BJJ culture

2. Shake and Fist Bump: This can be a greeting but it is most common in sparring and competition. We slap hands and quickly fist bump as a sign of commencing training or competition with mutual respect. If things get out of hand in a match the ref may stop to discipline an athlete and when they come back to commence action they often show they are level-headed by doing a slap of hands and fist bump.

3. Oss – The saying “Oss” in Jiu Jitsu is very common. Practically speaking you can say this to almost anything it seems. As a sign off on an email. As a way of saying hi and good bye. As a nod of approval. The possibilities are seemingly endless. It has deeper origins among martial arts culture with regard to respect, etc.

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These are just 3 Jiu Jitsu cultural norms. Can you think of any others? Please list them below.


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