Nothing in life remains stagnant and fighting is no exception. Modern MMA or Mixed Martial Arts competition as typified by the UFC Strike Force and Bellator Fighting Championships showcase fighters of various disciplines including Greco-Roman Wrestling Muay Thai Kickboxing and of course Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Rather than BJJ remaining a singularly-dominant method of achieving victory in MMA it has become an aspect of the larger fighting elemental recipe alongside boxing wrestling kicking and takedown defense.
BJJ training is usually conducted in three manners:
Sport BJJ- This is the most traditional type of BJJ practice and involves wearing a “gi” or Judo/Ju-Jitsu uniform. Very similar if not nearly identical in many respects to the Judo practice of Ne-Waza.
No-Gi Jiu-jitsu- As the name suggest this is BJJ practiced minus the dynamics of the gi. This type of grappling practice is nearly indistinguishable from the American designation of “Submission Wrestling” as most widely exemplified by the NAGA or North American Grappling Association and its regularly hosted events which are open to grapplers of any style.
BJJ for MMA- The inclusion of striking techniques drastically alters the concerns of the Jiu-jitsu artist but not entirely so. The strategies utilized by a BJJ fighter remain essentially the same though necessarily modified to address the concerns of striking while grappling. It is this variant that is the most relevant to the MMA-fighter and in fact may be seen as simply something to defend against rather than use offensively as in the case of a fighter such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who while very difficult to submit rarely attempts any sort of Jiu-jitsu finishing technique.