Trigger warning: This may upset those of you who believe that wrestling a few times a week with school teachers and accountants at your local BJJ gym makes you a “lion” or a “shark.”
Joe Rogan doesn’t think you should call your BJJ match at the local high school gymnasium a “fight.” In common parlance, a fight refers to a physical altercation that involves at least the possibility of strikes being exchanged. According to Rogan, using the word “fight” to describe your weekend BJJ match is disingenuous because it misrepresents what you actually did.
According to Rogan:
“Jiu-jitsu is not fighting because you’re not hitting each other. So, you’ve got a jiu-jitsu match, for sure…but [it’s][n]ot really a fight because you can’t get leg kicked, you can’t get elbowed in the face, [and] you’re not going to get kneed into a coma. [I]t’s a totally different experience than a fight, and it’s almost disrespectful, in some ways, to call a jiu-jitsu match a fight. But other people like to refer to it as a fight. There’s nothing wrong with that.”