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BJJ Culture: The Group Chat

The Jiu-Jitsu culture in itself is an interesting one. If you think about it, in what other normal situation would friends enjoy trying to choke each other or make each other tap? There isn’t any. It really does take a special kind of person to do, enjoy, and stick around Jiu-Jitsu until you literally cannot do it anymore.

With that being said, one of the greatest things about Jiu-Jitsu is the friendships you make through it. Granted, you won’t like/love EVERYONE that you train with; but you do form amazing bonds with a lot of people in the community. These people often times become your main source of friendships. After all, there aren’t many people who don’t train that would enjoy trying to talk to you about Jiu-Jitsu knowing nothing about it…

Which leads to: the Group Chat. I swear every school has them going on. Whether it’s via text, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat, people at the gym have it. I remember on at least one occasion at the gym, the guys were trying to go back to a conversation in a group chat but they had so many going on with the same people, albeit in different places, that they had no idea where to look to find what they were looking for.

So what’s so special about the group chat? Well, just think about how you sit around before and/or after class just chatting, gossiping or playfully talking smack to your friends… it’s the same thing, but in writing, where you can go to it at any time of the day or night. For the most part, my friends and I use it to keep up with who is doing what/where and basically to just talk sh*t to each other. It’s literally all in good fun, but definitely not for the overly sensitive. Much like the nickname culture in BJJ in Brazil, it’s pretty much the same thing.

It’s like the saying goes: if people don’t tease you, then they don’t love you. The more people tease you and make fun of you in Jiu-Jitsu, the more they like you. I mean, there is definitely a line we don’t cross with people when it comes to joking around (i.e. race, gender, sexuality, etc.) and for the most part, we already know who we can/cannot joke around with. And most of our inside jokes stay within our groups, in the group chat… which also includes academy gossip.

On Reddit there’s actually a thread – “What’s your BJJ group chat like?” Here’s some of the responses:

A bunch of memes and telling each other they suck.

Mine’s just a bunch of white belts being nice and encouraging to each other…Makes me sick.

Never has there been a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Group chat? Is this a thing I’m missing out on? What is this group of chatting you speak? What format are we talking here?

Lots of dick jokes.

Bad memes and asking for more open mats.

Shit talk and memes.

One is full of parents and shit…a lot of corny motivational posts and occasionally relevant/funny memes. The other is higher belts laughing at stupid shit the lowers belts say, seminar/drop-in invites, and me getting pissed at everyone for constantly asking if/where/when we are having class that day.

100% crappy memes.

Ours is full of back and forth banter, taking the piss out of each other etc.

Old fashioned macho bravado and related memes.

I wish we had one (if there is I haven’t been invited lul). I would spam the cringest memes.

So you get the point… we talk a lot of trash to each other in good fun and often times it overlaps into life outside of the gym. That is part of the Jiu-Jitsu culture and part of what makes it so special!


Lea Young

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