Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi), mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defence. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
At AMAG we also follow the 3 A’s rule. Attendance, Attitude and Ability. This will also be a deciding factor in gradings.
The overriding principle in this sport is leverage and technique thus giving a smaller, weaker person a huge advantage over a stronger opponent with less training experience.
Junior grading diagram from IBJJF website: