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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu etiquette and rules
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an age-old martial art that was developed by monks. It not only gets its moves from them, but also follows their principles of respect and discipline. It follows the rules of most martial arts and discourages any unethical behavior.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches a practitioner to respect his opponent and his strength. A good fighter must honor a tap-out immediately. A tap-out does not show weakness, but it is a sign to honor the opponent’s strength and skill. A fighter must tap the opponent, mat or himself the moment he feels pain that is beyond his tolerance level and can be dangerous. Also, the tap should be hard enough for an opponent to feel, so that he can stop immediately.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uses chokes, joint locks and compression locks to make the opponent submit. However, a fighter must take care not to cause any harm to his opponent. Chokeholds in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu aim at stopping the blood supply to the brain. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter should not choke his opponent in the neck. This can cut the air supply to the brain and damage the larynx, which can be life-threatening. An athlete must take care not to twist the joints of his opponent to a dangerous limit while giving a joint lock. Any submission technique should be applied slowly to ensure the opponents safety.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does not allow any moves that aim at injuring the opponent. These could be slams, eye gouging, biting, scratching, etc. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does not support any behavior that inflicts unnecessary pain on the opponent. Every fighter is responsible for his opponent’s safety. This also means that if a fighter knows that his opponent is not tapping despite unbearable pain, he must free the hold. In addition, a fighter can strike only under strict supervision. This is a rule that holds true for all martial arts.
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete must not practice on any person who is unaware of the moves and rules of the sport. He should not use any vulgar language while competing or practicing. Such behavior is not dignified and is not how a sportsman should behave. This will only incite anger in the opponent. This also means that a fighter must check his anger. He should not get angry at his opponent for winning.A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete should not wear any jewelry while practicing or exercising. He must wear clean clothes while practice and exercise and must have neat and trimmed nails. Some schools also recommend wearing a mouth piece during workouts.
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