What is BJJ B*tchas%ness & How Can You Avoid It?

What is BJJ B*tchas%ness & How Can You Avoid It?

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What is BJJ B*tchas*ness?

BJJ B*tchas*ness is a common mental condition that affects children and adolescents and likely continues into adulthood within the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. BJJ B*tchas*ness is a specific strand of B*tchas*ness. B*tchas*ness as a whole can affect just about anyone. Other strands of B*tchas*ness include MMA B*tchas*ness, rap B*tchas*ness, basketball B*tchas*ness and so forth.
The National Institute of B*tchas*ness (NIBA) estimates that 97% of the American population is infected with this condition. Some experts say that B*tchas*ness can occur in children as young as six years old. The growth of social media and the access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and BJJ forums have allowed this disease to spread through the Jiu Jitsu community at an alarming rate.
Although the disease is very common, there are few experts who can properly treat BJJ B*tchas*ness. Few patients seek help, and even fewer know that they even have the disease!

The behaviors that are common with BJJ B*tchas*ness often interfere with one’s ability to function at work, school, and of course the Jiu Jitsu dojo or academy. The behaviors interfere in Jiu Jitsu competition even more so.
Adults with BJJ B*tchas*ness may have difficulty with advancing rank in BJJ, developing relationships with teammates or coaches who do not have the disease, and training or competing at the highest levels. In rare cases, some adults manage to find success in BJJ despite having the disease, in which case, they’ve become “functionally b*tch*ss.”

Victims of BJJ B*tchas*ness are usually jiu jitsu students, however, BJJ B*tchas*ness can also infect jiu jitsu instructors and coaches. These are particularly difficult cases to treat. Also note, that BJJ B*tchas*ness can occur in persons of all belt rank. Although it’s most prevalent in white belts, the disease does not stop there and will infect blues, purples, browns, and even Black belts.

What Causes BJJ B*tchas*ness?

The exact causes of BJJ B*tchas*ness are not known with certainty. What experts do know is that the disease is highly contagious, especially if not contained at an early age.
Some experts believe that the disease is contracted from parents and other caregivers while the child grows into adulthood. Because so many people are infected with BJJ B*tchas*ness, and because the disease is so highly contagious, it often passes from host to host with ease.

Other experts believe that students of BJJ can contract the disease from their instructors or coaches. Cases like these are particular frustrating to experts, because new white belt students may not be aware that their school or academy is rampant with BJJ B*tchas*ness before it’s too late.

Adults with general life B*tchas*ness often develop specific strands of B*tchas*ness in other areas, such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For example, a person who has B*tchas*ness at work, will likely have B*tchas*ness in relationships, at home, and of course, in jiu jitsu.

What Are The Symptoms of BJJ B*tchas*nesss?

The symptoms for BJJ B*tchas*ness are broad and can vary drastically. Symptoms can be difficult to recognize by the infected individually, as denial is often a symptom. Most often a person who is infected with BJJ B*tchas*ness will not recognize their symptoms, and therefor will not seek help.

Common symptoms of BJJ B*tchas*ness include, but are not limited to: excuse making, complaining, whining, hating, fronting, general bitching. Examples of some common symptoms are listed below. Remember, these are just examples and symptoms can vary.

Making excuses for losing:

“I lost to the eventual winner…”
“I lost because the guy/girl was bigger than me.”
“I lost because the guy/girl had more stripes than me.”
“…because they train on ______ team.”
“…because I didn’t get enough sleep last night.”
“…because my shoulder/hip/leg/eyeballs/head hurts…”
Posting really long, unnecessary explanations as to why the lose occurred on social media
Making excuses for missing training
“I missed training because my girlfriend/sibling/best friend is in town.”
“…because it’s raining/sunny outside.”
“…because there’s too much traffic.”
“…because I don’t train on weekend.”
“…because I’m hung over.”
“…because it’s tuesday.”


Overall unnecessary complaints about jiu jitsu training and/or competition
For example:
“My school drills too much.”
“The rules are stupid.”

Be careful not to confuse B*tchas*ness complaints with legitimate complaints. For example a legitimate complaint is rolling with a training partner with a smelly Gi, that’s a fair concern.

Faking injuries to avoid training or competition

Stalling the progression of a roll due to a “boo boo.”
This is a severe symptom. If you experience this, please seek help immediately.
This occurs when a person infected with B*tchas*ness is rolling or sparring in jiu jitsu class and experiences a very minor injury. You’ll see the person stop sparring, often make noises as though in immense pain, their faces will contort and teeth gritted in pain. Then, after a moment, depending on severity of the B*tchas*ness it could be a few seconds or several minutes, this person will return to rolling/sparring as if nothing happened.
Another common symptom is leaving training or practice to ice the “injury” and then return to the mat to roll or spar.

Whining/moaning – similar to complaining

This is becoming very prevalent in patients diagnosed with BJJ B*tchas*ness. This is a severe symptom and should be taken seriously if you or someone you know displays this symptom. Fronting or Faking occurs when a person pretends to be something they are not. A person with B*tchas*ness will claim to have goals or desires to win a big tournament, or get their black belt, or some other high goal. The goal itself is not the problem. To recognize BJJ B*tchas*ness, be aware of the persons behavior in pursuit of said goal. Does the person display other symptoms such as complaining and excuse making? Does the person claim to want to be World Champion, yet skips practice and training sessions? These are clear signs of a serious case of BJJ B*tchas*ness.

A person who is faking or fronting will often gloat or brag about how well they performed in a training session against a lower rank or new student. A patient of Bitchassness may put on a false air of confidence around newer students, only to be exposed later.

Fronting and faking is very common with blue and purple belts, but can occur at all levels.


Experts believe hating is the most severe symptom of B*tchas*ness. It’s easily recognizable once the behavioral symptoms are made clear.

A hater is recognized as a person who cannot be positive about another person’s success, and will attempt to expose a flaw in the successful person.
Often a person with BJJ B*tchas*ness will express negative, aggressive feelings towards another person not diagnosed with B*tchas*ness. This can occur in a face-to-face encounter, however 90% of the time hating is done over social media outlets, such as Facebook, forums, Twitter and Instagram.
The negative behavior of the infected person is often unjust and without cause
Example include, but aren’t limited to:

“That person only won because he’s been training a long time.”
“That guys a scrub, he’s only a Black belt world Broze medalist,” said the blue belt.
“I hate that guy because__________.”
“She only won because she’s friends with the ref.”


Most often patients with BJJ B*tchas*ness who are confronted about their symptoms will react in denial, and sometimes even hostility. It’s important to approach with caution if you are a friend or loved one of someone who is likely infected with this disease.

Diagnosis of BJJ B*tchas*ness

Medical science has come a long way in it’s ability to diagnose and treat BJJ B*tchas*ness. Still, there’s no single BJJ B*tchas*ness tests available to definitely diagnose this very common disease.
Talking with the patient, family members, and teammates, may be the most important diagnostic tool experts have for BJJ B*tchas*ness. Through conversation, the expert can learn about the patient’s daily moods, behaviors, productivity and lifestyle habits. The expert needs to know the specific BJJ B*tchas*ness signs and symptoms an adult or child may have to properly treat the disease.

The BJJ B*tchas*ness Evaluation may include:

Talking with the patient for a clear history of signs and symptoms
Talking with friends, family, or teammates to get a patients behavioral history
Review of the person’s social, emotional, and jiu jitsu functioning and developmental level
Clinical assessment using behavioral rating scales or questionnaires
Although experts may be able to diagnose BJJ B*tchas*ness, the first step is recognizing the symptoms yourself. If you feel you, or someone you know, may have BJJ B*tchas*ness, seek the help of an expert right away.

Treatment and Care of BJJ B*tchas*ness

Finding the right BJJ B*tchas*ness treatment, including behavioral therapies, is crucial to managing BJJ B*tchas*ness. Seek the help of an expert right away. Finding an expert is easy, simply look for a successful person in the BJJ community who vehemently opposes the behavioral symptoms described in this article. A true expert will be more than willing to help any person who is infected with this disease.

If you seek help from someone, and they encourage or allow the symptoms to continue, run! This person is not an expert, they too are infected and likely displaying the Faking symptom. A true expert will be honest and open with you about your disease and help you work through to finding a cure.
If you are unable to find an expert, be warned, as you likely haven’t looked hard enough and you are letting the B*tchas*ness take over and allow you to give up before you’ve found treatment.
You can seek treatment at home as well. Home treatment is proven to be successful, though it can take longer, as the disease is very persistent. If attempting to treat yourself or someone else at home, experts recommend you read the following books:

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Outliers – Malcom Gladwell
Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz

Experts also recommend studying the behavior of successful 3%ers outside of the BJJ community, such as Muhammad Ali, Steve Jobs, Jordan Belfort, Puff Daddy (a leading expert in B*tchas*ness), Oprah Winfrey, Jay Z, and other moguls.
As with many diseases and disorders, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Often fear of judgement and criticism will cause a person with BJJ B*tchas*ness to live with this disease in quiet pain their entire lives. Experts in B*tchas*ness are out there and willing to help. A true expert will treat their patients privacy very seriously.

Treatment can be difficult and emotionally painful, as BJJ B*tchas*ness requires a lot of self-evaluation and self-honesty to cure. It can be a years long process, which deters many victims of the disease to seek treatment.
The disease is highly contagious, be aware. Once you recognize the symptoms, avoid at all costs, get away if you can. If the infected person is your girlfriend or boyfriend, break up with them. If they are your friend, start to put distance in the relationship. If they are infected and you begin to seek help, they’ll reject you anyways.
If you cannot avoid contact with infected persons, for example family, or worse an instructor, always be on the look out for symptoms, do not repeat or engage in the b*tcha*s behavior, and avoid in-depth conversation at all costs.
If you’re serious about treatment and have real goals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and your instructor is infected with BJJ B*tchas*ness, seek help immediately. You may be able to find help for your instructor.
This disease is very serious and should be treated as such. As a BJJ community, we must work together to purge this disease and eliminate it from our academies and dojos. The art of Jiu Jitsu is a beloved and beautiful form passed down from generation to generation since the ages of the ancient Japanese martial arts. We must do our best to preserve the art and not allow it to be watered down by this horrible disease, BJJ B*tchas*ness.

Written by Lloyd Irvin