have been training and competing in jiu Jitsu for many years. I’ve rolled with just about every body type and style known to man. I’ve rolled with small super fast guys, muscular ectomorphs, monstrously large guys, and just about every kind in between. I have also seen guys who don’t fit in nice neat packages. I have rolled with super large guys who had lightning speed. I have also rolled with guys who weighed a buck thirty, but could crush you like a steam roller. So take the following descriptions with a grain of salt. This is a very basic assumption of body type and Jiu Jitsu or submission grappling style.
Let’s start with what I call the three types of Jiu Jitsu body types. The first type is the monkey, followed by the chimp, then the gorilla.
1. Monkey. This is normally the small highly mobile Jiu Jitsu player. These guys usually weigh in somewhere between one thirty and one sixty. These guys are your berimbolo, inverted guard, turn you in circles till they pass kind of Jiu Jitsu guys. Not to say the bigger guys can’t do this stuff just bear with me, while I make broad stroke assumptions. These guys are also the highly mobile guys, who stand from your guard and sprint past it. The monkeys are usually very tough wiry guys, they are hard to pin down, and usually hard to submit.
2. Chimps. The chimps are guys between one sixty and two hundred pounds. Here is where you find a lot of the super strong, fast guys. These are the guys that can crush you into the mat, but also pull off a cartwheel pass like an Olympic gold medalist. These are what I consider the most dangerous of the three types. Most guys fall into this category, and with most people falling into this category it would only make sense that you would have an over abundance of tough guys in this section. These guys come in all kinds of shapes and sizes also. You have to have a good balance between being heavy on the mat and being light.
3. Gorillas. These are your monsters. These are your over two hundred crowd. Let me tell you nothing sucks worse than having a two hundred and fifty pound man crushing you into the mat. Big guys, even without skills, can be dangerous. If you have a large guy who really knows how to use his weight, it can be a long day if you get stuck under him. If you really want to know something even more scary, it is a big guy who is strong and fast. These guys can not only crush you, but can do it so fast you can’t stop it.
I have labeled guys like this for ever. I know it is just a judgmental statement of outward appearance, but at least you have clue on how to prepare yourself and for others. My instructors always talk about how Jiu Jitsu is attribute driven. The first thing to learn from Jiu Jitsu is how to use your body. Each type will have specific things that they can do better maybe than the others. Use this knowledge to your benefit. I know myself being about two hundred and five pounds I will squash the monkey if I can and I will try to be more mobile than the gorilla. Use the types as a starting point then leave them behind as you progress on your Jiu Jitsu journey. Now where is my banana.