BJJ Cross Training – Benefits and Types

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and other grappling martial arts have several moves and traits that are common. However, these fighting styles have their basic differences. It is best in the interest of the fighter to learn common techniques and principles of these styles as well as differences. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best grappling sports in the world. It has got a really wide variety of moves.  Cross-training is simply a term used to describe the learning of other styles of fighting along with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It helps to grow the number of moves in a fighter’s arsenal. Cross-training helps in learning the traits of different fighting styles. For example, while Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches a wide variety of submissions while wrestling focuses more on takedowns and pinning your opponent down. weaknesses in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be overcome by the strengths of MMA or any other fighting style.

BJJ Cross-training

The BJJ practitioners who want to improve their game, turn to cross-training. Popular choices for cross-training include Cross Fit, Gymnastics, Rock Climbing, Bodybuilding, Power Lifting, Functional Training, and Olympic lifting. Unfortunately sometimes cross-training in other sports can result in overtraining and injuryes. Cross-training, or participating in a sport for the betterment of another sport, can be worthless for several reasons. One of the reasons is the lack of characterization, excessive pressure, and neglect of individual needs.

BJJ Cross-training with other grappling martial arts


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is art derivated from JUdo. There were two judo schools, the Kosan School which is more relate to BJJ largely because it allows guard pulling and more time on the ground, and the Kodokan School, which is traditional Olimpic judo. Judo makes a great supplement of BJJ due to its different throwing techniques. There are over 60 throwing techniques that work magically in GI and can be adapted to GI as well. When you toss someone’s back from a beautifully executed judo throw, your groundwork will be more efficient.


Wrestling is a great Olimpic sport and grappling Martial art. It’s been in the school system for a long time. There are three styles of Wrestling College Jet, Freestyle and Greco-Roman. All three work well with the Jiu-Jitsu to positions control and tech downs.  Some adjustments need to be made so that you do not have to strangle yourself, but they move easily.


Sambo is often overlooked amongst other grappling world.  But make no mistake; sambo is a killer supplement for any BJJ fighter. Sambo is a clear blend of ethnic wrestling style and judo, but it has its own unique identity that will make your game different. Sambo has a bit more intensity and is also known for the killer leg locks. There are several leg locks in this style, including ankle locks, toe holding, kneebars, and calf slicers. Sambo can only strengthen your game and give you some unconventional ways to tap out your opponent.

Cross Training Bjj With other sports/activities


There is constant battle of keaping balance between hard training and recovery.  The BJJ students start with yoga class in hopes of gaining more flexibility for ability to execute tecniques easyer (rubber guard etc) . There are hundreds of positions in yoga that should be useful for Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ students will find yoga helpful  for their posture and pain problems.

If you are going to succeed in the BJJ, it is important to keep an open mind. Staying away from new ideas will only hurt your game and hinder your knowledge. Being able to take ideas and techniques from another Grappling style  will make you a more well rounded fighter . Learn as much as you can to make your game better.