5 Common Jiu Jitsu Rituals/Terms

BJJ Rituals

Jiu Jitsu has it’s own unique rituals/terms within their culture, some often misunderstood by the outside world.

Let’s have fun and take a look at 5 of these Jiu Jitsu rituals/terms below. Feel free to add some of your own in the comment section.

  1. Slapping hands & Bumping fists before a roll. This is a sign of respect and standard way to begin your training.
  2. Hang loose sign in pictures. The “shaka” or hang loose hand gesture is generally associated with island culture, it is also intertwined in surfing culture. Jiu Jitsu merges with this “chill” lifestyle in many ways. When taking a photo with BJJ friends you can usually see someone making this sign.
  3. Saying “Oss”. It is common to say oss in Jiu Jitsu. It can be a sign of respect and/or acknowledgement. Some even say it as a goodbye or a hello. It has a deeper historical meaning within many martial arts cultures that I’d rather not get into right now for practical purposes on this article. Let’s just say you will figure the context out pretty fast when you start training, Oss.
  4. The word “bro”. Bro is short for brother obviously. It’s a common term used in Jiu Jitsu between training partners. It’s also common in everyday society but certainly not as much as in Jiu Jitsu.
  5. The term “Porra.” Porra is a Portuguese word for a lot of things. It can mean f*%k. It can mean “damnit.” It can be a term of excitement when something good or bad happens. If you go to a Jiu Jitsu event you will likely hear it being screamed at a referee at some point or being screamed from a competitor if they win a big match while pumping their fists.

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These are just 5 common rituals/terms within the BJJ community. List any others below you may be aware of.


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