Aggressive in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | 6 Cons of Being Overly Aggresive

Cons of Being Overly Aggressive In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Being overly aggressive in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not a smart idea at all! I have experienced pulling this type of tactic & being at the end of training with someone who would use it against me. 

The types of people who usually do this are either beginners or people who have an aggressive style in general. Experiencing this has made me realized that this type of style works only to an extent. 

But as I progressed through training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I started to see why being overly aggressive is not an intelligent tactic. During most Jiu-jitsu classes I have been a part of, I have noticed that this happens very often. 

Noticing that gave me the idea of wanting to talk about this topic with you all.

Man Exhausted from being Aggressive in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

1. You Exhaust Yourself Out Faster

When you are overly aggressive while rolling during Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, you waste a lot of your energy! When you do this, you exhaust yourself out a lot faster. The moment you’re tired, usually what happens is you either get caught in a submission. 

And the other thing that happens is you get stuck in a position you have trouble escaping. Therefore, it is always best to stay calm & composed when you are rolling. You save a lot of energy when you do this & you will find you perform a lot better.

Man Aggressive in Brazilian jiu-jitsu gets armbared

2. You Expose Yourself to Submissions

During a time of where I was trying out using peer aggression against an experienced training partner of mine, what happened was I just kept getting submitted. 

I was getting caught in many submissions (armbars, triangle chokes, kimuras, heel hooks, etc.) at least every minute during a live roll with my partner.

The reason why I was using peer aggression was that I figured I would be able to tire him out faster. But was I ever wrong! I leave myself open to submissions, & my partner could see the openings & errors that I make within seconds.

However, going through this experience caused me to learn from this type of error. So whenever I am doing a live roll with a partner, I now keep myself calm & composed. Doing this has given me the benefit of getting caught in submissions a lot less.

Man Aggressive in Brazilian jiu-jitsu gets sweeped

3. You Expose Yourself to Sweeps

Not only was using an aggressive style exposing myself to submissions, but also towards sweeps. So whenever I am trying to pass somebody’s guard with aggression, what usually happens after is I get swept & put on my back. 

Going through this experience left me open to a lot of sweeps such as:

Man Aggressive in Brazilian jiu-jitsu gets knee bared

4. You Can Possibly Hurt Your Partner By Accident

Injuring someone during live rolling sessions may occur if you are overly aggressive. I got to say this is the reason why you shouldn’t go insanely aggressive on someone while rolling in training. 

From my experience, I went with a beginner one day who was going super aggressive against me because he didn’t know what to do.

Therefore, while we were rolling, his lack of aggression led him to elbowing my knee by accident. I knew it wasn’t intentional, but I was still mad & was out for two weeks from Jiu-jitsu training. 

This is why I advise you, please be careful & don’t be too overly aggressive when rolling with your partner! Train your overall self-control & no one will get hurt.

5. Someone Can Possibly Hurt You By Accident

Not only could you injure someone else, but someone else can accidentally hurt you as well. If you go insanely aggressive on somebody, they will most likely get mad & be overly aggressive back to you.

Once that happens, someone can get carried away with a technique, which can lead you to get hurt. Nobody wants to get hurt during training. Therefore, it is always best to use a fair amount of aggression to avoid someone else from getting mad & carried away.

6 Cons of Being Aggressive in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

6. Some People Will Avoid Rolling With You

I have noticed this a lot while training Jiu-Jitsu. There are people dislike rolling with overly aggressive people because they want to avoid getting hurt.  People usually avoid overly aggressive types after going live with them a couple of times. 

But once these types of people have developed their self-control, then others will have a change of thought & will eventually go live with them again.


Being overly aggressive in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is never an intelligent tactic to pull off in training. The most technical Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners are calm & never use too much aggression because it leads them to a lot of exposure. 

The objective of the training is to get better, and being overly aggressive doesn’t help a person improve their Jiu-Jitsu game.

If you have anymore questions about why being too aggressive is not a smart idea in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, please leave a comment or send a message.


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