Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Safe?


Jiu Jitsu is an art that combines grappling techniques, throws, joint locks, chokes, and strikes. The earliest evidence can be traced back to ancient Indian civilizations when Buddhist monks traversed the region to travel through the mountainous North. This is when they developed what we refer to as the Jiu-Jitsu fighting style. 


The word jiu-jitsu itself means “gentle art”, implying the idea that there will be no use of more violence than is necessary to mitigate it. In other words, Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu safe? Yes, for even beginners. This technique involves using your opponent’s body against them to subdue them or to make them give up their violent intentions.


At Seven Spears Jiu Jitsu in Poway, we’ve built a positive community of members who support and push each other to reach their goals! Our BJJ classes are taught in a very safe and friendly training environment. No matter your fitness or skill level you can practice various techniques while feeling safe and encouraged. 


Finding an Instructor

It can be challenging to find the right martial arts studio, the instructors and teaching style is everything when it comes to getting started in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You will want to make sure to know how the school operates and properly align your goals with the classes, instructors, and other students that will be training. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Learn more about the instructors and look into their careers – it’s okay, we promise that this is totally acceptable. This information could be anything that is important to you from where they trained, the number of competitions they participated in, and their BJJ training philosophies. Your instincts are powerful, and you should pay attention to how you feel and go with your gut. 


Here at Seven Spears Martial Arts, we are proud to say that our instructors are the best, most highly sought-after Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teachers in San Diego! Our Lead Jiu Jitsu Instructor, RODRIGO MUNDURUCA, is a greatly renowned and respected instructor, as well as an accomplished competitor. As successful as he has been teaching and coaching adults, Professor Rodrigo actually specializes in teaching kids’ classes. He is gentle, patient, and respectful to the kids and they respond well to his kind, fun yet firm, approach to teaching the art of Jiu-Jitsu.


Starting with Basic Positions

If you’ve never trained before, your instructor will start by teaching some basic positions. These positions are the foundation of every other position in Jiu Jitsu. They’ll give you an idea of how to move safely and effectively while grappling. If you’ve never trained before, there’s no need to worry. We will teach you the proper form and help you develop your technique. Once you feel comfortable, you can move on to more advanced moves. 


Basic Key Moves for Beginners:


Shrimping and Bridging

Shrimping is to be crucial to grappling and important for putting moves together. You begin with lying flat on your back, feet out straight and hands up. Rolling onto one side, bring both feet close to your butt. Your focus should be to lift your hips off the ground and towards your head, and straighten your legs as you move.



Gripping is essential to BJJ training. The term “hand fighting” is commonly used in the combat sports community as it often determines who gets the better of a given grappling exchange. Make sure you grab onto the right thing, if not, you won’t have enough leverage to control your opponent.


Passing the Guard

The main objective of passing the guard is to side-step around the opponent’s leg and simultaneously pull aside the opponent’s leg or pin their legs to the ground. This takes time and a lot of practice to execute well. 



Learning how to breathe properly is one of the most important skills of your BJJ training. It is easier to have smooth movements and transitions when you’ve mastered how to breathe smoothly while rolling. If your breath control is suffering, movement and technique can risk becoming sloppy. Controlled breathing also helps you focus to remove self-doubt and other negative emotions that can distract you before stepping on the mat. 


Practice Training at Home

If you’re new to jiu jitsu, you might not realize how much you’ll need to learn before you start practicing with others. That’s why it’s important to start slow and build up slowly. You should focus on learning the basics first, such as proper form, breathing techniques, and how to move safely. Once you’ve mastered those things, you can begin sparring with other students.


Don’t Forget About Nutrition!

It’s also important to eat right while you’re training. Make sure you’re getting enough protein and carbohydrates during your workouts. This will help keep you feeling energized and focused throughout your training sessions.


Ready to Start Your Training?

Now that you know Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training is safe and fun we would love for you to join us on the mat! Seven Spears Martial Arts has the highest-rated BJJ training in Poway and all of San Diego. Learn from the best with our award-winning coaches who are intentional with the instruction they bring on and off the mats. 


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