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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Can Cause Some Diseases – Myth Or Reality?



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Most people associate Mixed martial arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with a healthy lifestyle, fitness, and self-defense. In short, everyone will remind you of BJJ as an exercise, they will explain how it is beneficial and you should make the most out of your daily exercises with the use of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but they will never tell you the whole story.

Just a few years ago research was done about MMA and all its forms where it was reported that with the careless practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu you can cause serious damage to others. Damage can be in the form of injury, disease, illness, fainting, or even death in serious conditions.

We keep hearing about the cauliflower ear, bloody chokes, cartilage separation, tendon tearing, and damage due to leg locks, etc. however, when it comes to serious diseases that can go a long way and need some serious attention, we try to brush it under the carpet.

With the help of this article, we will explain some of the most common diseases that are caused by BJJ. Apart from the diseases that are caused by BJJ, we will also talk about the diseases that can be cured with the help of BJJ. This will give you a full story about the BJJ and MMA training. You will also know about the care and prevention that will help you practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu BJJ safely.

Most people associate Mixed martial arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with a healthy lifestyle, fitness, and self-defense.

Can BJJ Cause Diseases?

BJJ can cause damage to the body, almost everyone knows about it. Three main types of damage can be caused by BJJ. The first and important damage is the injury. It is quite easy to detect, you might see people bleed on the mat or some visible bruises.

Visible damage is very easy to see and you will get first aid right away. So it can easily be cured. The second important damage is internal damage like dislocation of the foot or the arm due to some extra tug on the shoulder and neck during a lock. Apart from this, you might also feel pain in the neck and shoulder due to the wrong use of bloody chokes. The third and most important damage is the disease.

Most people are not familiar with the fact that BJJ can cause some serious skin diseases. However, thinking of quitting BJJ just because of the fear of some disease is not the best thing to do. You can easily prevent these diseases with easy precautions. Apart from this BJJ is also responsible for curing some diseases and it has so many other benefits as well.

Most people associate Mixed martial arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with a healthy lifestyle, fitness, and self-defense.

Some of the Diseases That Are Cured By BJJ


BJJ is an excellent way to help you lose some weight. It helps engage the whole body and this as a result helps you burn some extra calories. You are not only learning a completely new skill but also defeating some of the major diseases that are linked with obesity i.e. heart disease, brain stroke, blood pressure, etc.

Most people associate Mixed martial arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with a healthy lifestyle, fitness, and self-defense.

Body Aches

The human body has been designed to stay flexible. This helps us to carry weight, walk, exercise and a lot more. However, as we grow up and our daily routine becomes more passive, our body loses flexibility. As a result of this, even a slight weight or movement can cause severe pain. To help you regain flexibility and get rid of body aches, you need to start your BJJ practice.

Organ Related Diseases

Most people don’t know that BJJ is very good for the health of your internal organs. BJJ works as an exercise and helps in promoting the metabolic rate. Apart from boosting the metabolism, the blood circulation to the organs will also improve. As a result, the healing process will speed up and your organs will get enough energy that they require.

Mental Issues

It is no surprise that BJJ is considered a very good mood elevator. People who suffer from stress and depression are recommended BJJ and MMA-based exercises so that they can opt for healthy mental exercise as well. With good blood flow to the brain, BJJ is considered best for creative jobs, strategy, and planning-based work as well.

Common Cold

Common cold might not be considered such a big issue just a few years ago but considering the COVID situation, people are scared of a common cold. BJJ practice is a very good exercise and it is linked with aerobics and cardio. Both aerobics and cardio are best for boosting immunity. In short, if you are practicing BJJ every day there is a high chance that you will be able to endure the common cold and flu as compared to anyone who doesn’t work out at all. Similarly, people who exercise regularly show fewer severe signs of COVID. You might be able to contract the infection but you will not get severely affected by it.

Some of the Diseases That You Can Get from Practicing BJJ

Most people do not understand how healthy training like BJJ can cause disease. Technically these diseases are not caused by practicing BJJ but rather due to careless use of the mat. Skin is the biggest organ of the human body and it helps in removing toxins from the body and protecting the body against any external environment. However, if the skin gets infected by bacteria or any fungal infection, the condition gets dire. Some of the most common skin infections that you can get from your mat have been listed as fowling.


Ringworm is an infection that thrives in warm and moist areas of the skin. There is no worm involved but you will see a red, itchy bruise spot on your skin. For some people this can be pink, others may see it as or brown with scaly edges and you can peel the skin off.

This will mostly be caused due to showing in the common locker rooms, using the same BJJ uniform as others, practicing on uncleansed mats, or skin-to-skin contact with a person who has ringworm. This is not such a major disease and can easily be cured with the help of over-the-counter medicines.


Very itchy and very irritating yellowish bumps, impetigo is a skin disease that is caused by bacterial infection. At the start, you will see just a few yellow scars but soon they will grow in size and number. Two of the common bacteria causing this disease include Streptococcus and staphylococcus. This can be caused by the bite of an insect or an animal with the same bacterial infection or through open sores. This can be cured with the help of antibacterial ointments and pills.

MRSA or Staph

MRSA is another bacterial infection. It can be contagious and can not only spread from mats and hoes that are used by multiple people but also directly from one person to another. People who have MARSA must not come in contact with a healthy person unless they are properly healed. The worst thing is that this can even enter the body through the hair follicles and without any open sore.

This will start with boils and sores. Tenderness, swelling, and redness are quite common. You will be able to observe these sores behind the neck, underarm, beard region, and near the groin region. This infection is a little complex and might lead to other infections as well. To diagnose this your doctor might require some blood and urine tests. Mostly antibacterial ointments and some antibacterial pills are prescribed to cure this infection. However, you also need to take full care of your hygiene.

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