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How to Start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training at Home

Are you looking for a way to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at home by learning online? If you can’t afford to train regularly at a martial arts gym or simply don’t have the time, then there are various techniques you can perform at home to increase your core strength and give you a foundation in BJJ.

How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Was Formed

BJJ was formed in the early 1900’s by Helio Gracie, Carlos Gracie. Some people call the martial art Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The fighting system derived from the Japanese Martial art of Judo, taking the best moves and improving them. Over the years the moves have been adapted and refined. The sport hit mainstream attention with the emergence of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Royce Gracie, who managed to submit fighters much larger than him.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Tips

There are various ways to train your BJJ at home. Obviously it’s going to be better if you have a partner as you will be able to thoroughly practice the moves, but if you don’t then you can actively practice the foundation movements in order to gain some extra mobility and straighten your core.

Kimura Sit Up – To do this move you have to lie down with both of your knees raised, feet touching the ground and arms by your side. You then sit up, reach one arm over your body and touch the floor on the opposite side.

Triangle Choke – In this exercise you must lie down flat on the ground and then hoist your body up vertically onto your shoulders keeping your hands on your chest so your abs are performing the movement.

Hip Escape – Like the kimura sit up you must lie down on the ground with your knees raised and your feet flat on the ground. You must then move your body side to side forming a right angle, keeping your shoulders slightly raised. This will cause isometric tension throughout your core.

By performing these exercises every two or three days you will see drastic results in your overall fitness. You will gain core strength, flexibility and agility. This will prepare you for the more serious training methods and help you understand the fundamental movements of BJJ.

Lean Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Online

If you want to learn BJJ or any other form of martial art online then make sure you find a training program that offers video tutorials as well as an active user forum and written instructions on how to accurately perform the moves. There is a program online called Damage Control. This system was developed by a former UFC fighter, and is used by professional mixed martial artists across the globe.

Learning mixed martial arts online can be very effective. Damage Control is a professional training guide used by a number of world class MMA fighters.


In this awesome street fight bar brawl scene from the movie Knockaround Guys, Vin Diesel gives what is now famously known as the “500 fights speech” before kicking the shit out of a local tough guy…

“500 fights, that’s the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course, along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that’s what you are.”

What a badass!