Jiu Jitsu Dirty Tricks: Some of these will get you shunned off the mat!

Have you ever had a rolling partner that pulled out some moves that were just downright cheap? Most of the time its a new person who does something that’s downright disrespectful in the middle of a roll. There are jiu jitsu dirty tricks on this list that I’m sure you have heard of or experienced if you regularly attend bjj class. One of these will surely get you shunned off the mat and definitely kicked out of a gym if you dared to do it.

One thing I don’t think anybody could stand is getting unnecessarily hurt. Injuries can be hell to heal from. Some of these could possibly do that and others are just downright disrespectful. The one I’m going to be leading up to would definitely get you punched in the head or possibly worse.

I compiled a list of 6 jiu jitsu dirty tricks that you should never ever do on the mat. If you do any of this stuff then please stop immediately!

Jiu Jitsu Dirty Tricks 1.) Finger Grabbing 

If you’re going to grab someones fingers remember that you have to grab all four. Somebody who gets desperate enough to grab someones pinky finger in the middle of a roll is going to have to deal with the fact that they’re being a bastard.

If your training partner is kicking your ass so bad that you truly get that desperate please just tap. What kind of a warrior grabs somebodies finger and bends it? C’mon dude have a little bit of integrity in your jiu jitsu.

Moreover, this has happened to me on several occasions. Each and every time its been with somebody who doesn’t know what they’re doing yet. Every time thus far it happened that one time and only that time because I talk to the dude about it.

Just don’t do this. It’s cheap, it’s illegal in competition, and it makes you look like a sally. Just Sayin’.


Jiu Jitsu Dirty Tricks 2.) The Farting Triangle ChokeJiu Jitsu Dirty Tricks

Okay this one is hilarious. Lets be honest. Consequently, it’s downright rude. It’s also a one way ticket to getting a lap full of puke. Most of the time when this happens its an accident.

I get it, In BJJ you’re pushing and squeezing. At some point in time something is bound to come out of one hole or the other but please do your best to stop the roll before you half-shit in someones face. It would be much appreciated.

Its just the worst way to tap out. You shouldn’t need to add a fart to your chokes.

Jiu Jitsu Dirty Tricks 3.) Front Naked Choke or the “Rape Choke”

Front Choke

This is the classic choke you see in every movie with a damsel in distress. It’s also seen in The Simpson’s every time Homer chokes Bart.

This is probably more of a stupid move than an actual dirty trick. People with barely the slightest idea of what they’re doing should be able to get out of this choke with minimal effort.

If you haven’t tried a class yet just avoid this choke. You’re not gonna get far with it. Pay attention to class and look at the real technique.

Yet, it’s still not the absolute worst thing  you can do. The worst one will make the most patient people hate you.

Jiu Jitsu Dirty Tricks 4.) Fat Man Choke

This is another example of a move that is pretty easy to get out of. On the side note: If a much bigger training partner is doing this to you it’s going to be a lot more difficult to get out. Keep in mind, unlike the picture above this happens in guard.

This Jiu Jitsu dirty trick is when a person much larger than you is in your guard and simply stacks you and shoves his elbow in your throat.

To a more experienced person you typically can get out of this position and take your opponents back. However, I had a big dude who tortured me with this when I was newer to jiu jitsu.

When anyone else did this I would get out pretty easily but this dude was a big dude. He had some massive force and would just friggin kill me with this.

Moreover, if you’re going to do something like this do it to somebody your own size. You’re probably gonna get your back taken. It’s really not using a ton of thought into technique either. Like the front naked choke: it’s just a mean way to pick on newbies. Focus on performing real technique.

Jiu Jitsu Dirty Tricks 5.) Smother Choke “Chloroform Choke”Dirty Jiu Jitsu Tricks

This one would really piss me off if someone did it to me. Crazily enough I’ve seen it done in Combat Jiu Jitsu as well.

Honestly if you’re doing this to people at your own jiu jitsu gym you deserve to get bit. You’re really gonna just shove your friggin’ hand on someones mouth?

The dirty trick after the Smother Choke is by far the worst one, but this in my eyes is utterly disrespectful. There is no submission here.

There is the concept of making your opponent react which I understand, but shoving your hand on someone’s mouth is atrocious. It’s possibly rapier than the rape choke.

Onto the last choke. People really don’t take kindly to it. There’s probably a few unfortunate people who already know.

Jiu Jitsu Dirty Trick 6.) Oil Check

jiu jitsu dirty tricksThis is a one way ticket to getting the shit kicked out of you.

I don’t know what kind of relationships these guys who do it had with their wrestling coaches but you can’t be runnin’ round the mat shovin’ thumbs up people’s asses.

That’s something you’re gonna have to do on your own jiu jitsu mats at home.

This type of thing is practically taboo. Don’t you dare step on the mat and check someone’s oil. It’s not going to end well for you.


Putting it together. Hopefully where you train you’re not experiencing the B.S. that unfortunately can get on the mat sometimes.



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Jonathan Schalberg

I'm Jonathan. I've trained BJJ for 4 years and I wrestled for 5. I want to share my passion for this martial art and also help you guys sift through the crap and avoid the jiu jitsu junk and get the good bjj gear you desire. I will be doing reviews on products that I think are good and companies who are trustworthy so you guys don't get ripped off again.

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