What changed from the "old school era" to today's jiu-jitsu?

Those who lived the old days of Brazilian jiu-jitsu know that much has changed. We are not referring only to the changes of the sport’s image among the society, but also to the techniques.


The effective basics or more complex positions? There is no better place than bleachers of major gentle art  events to discuss this issue. Roger Gracie’s Choke or the famous “berimbolo”? This second name is the most talked about and applied in combat by the newer athletes nowadays.

gancnhinhodomalAlthough many people are not aware, this position was already known (but not so much seen in championships) by the old school guys. But at that time, people preferred the old and good jiu-jitsu. Currently, the kids – especially those blue belts, who have been standing out in the competitive scenario – loves a “berimbolo” and are becoming experts on this position. Besides this “knot” technique against the opponent, another position that is becoming popular is the “fifty fifty” or 50/50.

Rules, punishments, advantages, everything happens when the fight ends up in the fifty. When talking about it, it’s not possible to not divide opinions, there are so many… For the old guys used to the past combats, it turns the fight uglier; for younger athletes, this is an element of fight strategy.

When it comes to rules and cloth techniques, berimbolo, fifty, a well known closed guard arm lock or a well fit choke starting from the mount, we can only have one certainty about all of that: the jiu-jitsu is a sport that continues to evolve, it is always in transmutation and many other changes are coming. We, lovers of the sport, have to adapt to them or follow what we believe to be the best for us.