BJJ is a martial art based on grappling and ground techniques. The aim of BJJ is to control and subdue a larger and stronger opponent through use of superior technique, leverage, and body mechanics.

With an emphasis on grappling rather than striking, students are able to practice with varying levels of intensity, without the threat of serious injuries.
Traditionally, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu student practices in a gi or kimono. In recent years, many schools and academies have incorporated no-gi BJJ, commonly referred to as submission wrestling, to their teaching curriculum. In no gi BJJ, students typically wear t-shirts and shorts, instead of the typical gi.