A Message to First Starters

Welcome to the world of Seriously Fun Jiu-Jitsu at Knots Jiu-Jitsu! Prepare yourself for an exhilarating journey filled with laughter, growth, and many knots (the good kind!). Here’s a guide to help you navigate your first experience at our unique and lively jiu-jitsu school: Embrace the Knots: Get ready to dive into the world of […]

Jiu-Jitsu Belt Rank and Stripes

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu employs a structured belt ranking system to recognize and celebrate students’ accomplishments. Progress in BJJ encompasses a spectrum of attributes, such as knowledge, skills, experience, and even behavior. These elements collectively contribute to a student’s growth in the discipline. While the customary practice is to don colored belts when wearing a BJJ gi, […]

At what age can my child start training in Jiu-Jitsu?

At our academy, we recognize that each child’s path in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is uniquely shaped. Some youngsters may meet the prerequisites as early as 2 years old, while others might find their readiness blossoming between the ages of 4 and 5. This readiness boils down to three pivotal factors: a child’s capacity to listen, their […]

Jiu Jitsu vs. PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. (1) It affects multiple biological systems, such as […]

Wrist Lock

“Mão de vaca” means “cow paw” or “cow hand” (with “cow paw” being the preferred translation), and it’s a Portuguese term used to refer to a wrist lock. It’s typically executed by grabbing the opponent’s hand—whether it’s the palm, back of the hand, or even the fingers—and then bending and/or twisting it. One rule that […]

Understanding a fight through the Jiu-jitsu lens

In a typical altercation, the image that comes to mind involves two individuals engaged in a chaotic, instinctive brawl – punching, grappling, hair-pulling, grabbing clothing, and often stumbling or falling to the ground. This scenario is characterized by a lack of distance control and is driven by pure instinct. However, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) differs from […]

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ

Did you know that Jiu-Jitsu, often compared to a game of human chess, has a fascinating historical lineage that enriches its intricate techniques and philosophy? With roots dating back to ancient Japan, Jiu-Jitsu initially emerged as a combat art developed by samurai warriors. These skilled samurai sought to develop a system of combat that transcended […]