“Does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Have Stand Up Grappling?”
Many people ask if Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has any stand up grappling.
In BJJ competition, the matches start standing.
Yes, some people pull guard in jiu jitsu competition especially in the lighter weight classes.
As far as training goes, the amount and the type of stand up grappling varies considerably from gym to gym.
Most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs have at least some basic stand up training that might include various types of entries into the clinch with or without a striking opponent, various self defense types of movements in the stand up grappling range, wrestling and judo type takedowns.
It definitely depends upon the individual jiu jitsu gym.
Some may have a more comprehensive stand up grappling game. I have some experience in wrestling and judo so I always include these areas into our BJJ program at Texarkana Jiu Jitsu. Other gyms/instructors may not and don’t include much.
In my opinion, it’s an important part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and just makes sense to include in order to have a little more well rounded martial arts program.
Coach Marc Hagebusch, 4th degree BJJ black belt
Texarkana Jiu Jitsu