5. BJJ is like an Anaconda

– Or any other constricting animal, really.  I think I’ve heard this one more in regards to submissions than anything else.  You know, the slow, pressurized squeezing chokes and joint locks that make you feel like you are going to be pulverized in to bone dust and muscle jelly. Why does that make me hungry and wtf is wrong with me?

4. BJJ is like chess.

– When I first heard this, I thought it was a great analogy.

Think of what they have in common:

  • Success is measured in adapting to your opponent
  • You set up your “game” 5 moves ahead
  • There are cool move names like “Bonetti’s Defense” and “Omoplata”
  • You get to say “Bonetti’s Defense” and “Omoplata”
  • Warlords and Nerds like both.*


3. BJJ is like a roller coaster.

When you first get on the ride, you’re nervous and scared.  You have no idea what to expect and on that first hill, your heart is in your throat.  After all the ups and downs, you start having fun and enjoying yourself.  With enough time on the ride, you’ll still be on it in your sleep or when you’re daydreaming.  You can’t wait to get back on that ride for that thrill and chasing that feeling..

Also?  People puke sometimes during both.

2.  BJJ is elemental, sometimes you must be like rock/water.

Or some weird combination of both.  Like if Hydro-Man and The Thing! became Mud-Fella*


1.  BJJ is a marathon, not a sprint.

I like this one the best.  And not just because large guys can’t sprint, in general.  But the more I train, the more I hear it from guys who’ve been at it for 14,15, 16+ years; the more I see myself being one of those guys someday.  BJJ is a journey and in a lot of ways, it will be with you the rest of your life if you let it.  But that journey is a life long walk/jog.  Not a race.

Author: Evan E.

Evan is a white belt at Revolution BJJ