Boston University Jiu Jitsu was founded over a decade ago to provide BU students with a fun and challenging recreational activity.  Our training incorporates aspects of traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, along with more modern No-Gi Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Submission Wrestling.  So head over to practice and train Mixed Martial Arts with BUBJJ.

Jiu Jitsu

What exactly is Jiu Jitsu?  Jiu Jitsu is a grappling martial art that utilizes agility and precision to out-maneuver opponents.  Practitioners attempt to gain the upper hand by way of submission holds: joint locks, choke-holds, and compression locks.  In a manner similar to Judo and Wrestling, competitors will usually start standing, facing one another, and use footwork and technique to get a takedown.  Once a bout has reached the ground, each person will attempt to manipulate joints and limbs from one of several positions, such as guard, half-guard, and side control.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai, colloquially referred to as Thai Kickboxing, is a striking martial art that uses 8 striking platforms to attack the opponent. Thai boxers use their fists, elbows, shins and knees in order to strike their opponent and win the fight. Muay Thai also focuses on clinching the opponent and utilizing other close range strikes while holding your opponent in a dominant position.


Wrestling is a martial art that emphasizes controlled yet powerful takedowns.  In Jiu Jitsu, as in many martial arts, the ability to bring an opponent to the ground in a controlled manner is very important.  The fundamentals of wrestling, including posture and positioning are critical to Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in general.


Judo (柔道 jūdō?, meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke. The philosophy and subsequent pedagogy developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from koryū (古流?, traditional schools). The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Judo practitioners are called judoka.


Boxing is a western martial art that focuses on the hands in order to throw crisp and accurate punches at an opponent. Boxing is very transferable to MMA as punches are arguably the fastest and most accurate strike a fighter can use.