As with all sports or simply activities, there are some unspoken rules to be following in Jiu-Jitsu. Training partners should have a mutual respect for each other, and an attitude that shows that respect. However, some Jiu Jitsu jerks, have been breaking the following unspoken and unwritten rules. To spell things out clearly for the challenged Jiu Jitsu jerks, here are the top 10 actions that can qualify you as a jerk of a training partner who lacks respect and a good attitude:
10. Celebrating after a live sparring tap
Nothing is quite as childish as a celebratory “Yes!” or “Who’s your daddy?” after a training partner has tapped someone in a live sparring BJJ training. Actions such as these are rude and disrespectful.
9. Unchecked anger at being submitted that turns into aggression
Just as bad as the previous not to do, getting angry after you have been submitted and coming back three times more aggressive shows that you lack discipline and respect.
8. Saying let’s go light, and then not following through
If you and your training partner agree to go light, then follow through and remain true to your word. Not doing so shows your immaturity and need to one up your partner.
7. Referring to who tapped who
Asking someone if they tapped the training partner you rolled with before is for kids. The “who tapped who” mentality doesn’t belong in adult Jiu Jitsu. Sparing is sparing, and it should not be consider the same as a proper fight.
6. Pushing the partners nose with your wrist/hand
It is legal to open up the opponent’s neck when he tucks his chin, however do you really want to do that in a training scenario?
5. Knee on the throat
The ugly twin of knee on the belly, some Jiu Jitsu jerks just can’t help themselves from this one. In fact, a chest ride move will have the same effect, yet can facilitate sliding across the opponents biceps, making it better than some other methods.
4. Wash your gi!
You might enjoy smelling your manliness, but I can guarantee no one else does.
3. Keep your nails short
Your nails should have a regular date with nail clippers, or at least a nail file. Scratching training partners is not the way to get on their good side. Having longer nails not only makes you a careless Jiu Jitsu jerk, but it also leaves you and your partner vulnerable for injury.
2. Heel hooks of 240 degrees
You may be very tempted, but this is not the UFC and you are not Paul Harris. You can position yourself for a heel hook, however, no money is involved, so don’t add vigor to your move.
1. Ringworm is still taboo
Ringworm is a cause to stay home and see the doctor, not a cause calling you to come to practice or to compete. Some Jiu Jitsu masters would call this the ultimate sin, making you the ultimate Jiu Jitsu jerk.
If you need to know How to be a jerk in Jiu-Jitsu (Please don’t be one), follow the aforementioned don’t dos.