Describing and developing the Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete was a six-year long research project that began in Q1 2015 and ended in Q4 2020. The project was divided into three stages. The first stage assessed physiological and psychological characteristics of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) athletes; the second stage explored different training interventions designed to target rapid improvements in strength and endurance; and the third stage summarized and contextualized key findings.
The project was led by Karsten Øvretveit and involved researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as the research group Skill and Performance Development in Sports and School at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. It also had contributions from the University of Verona and led to several collaborations with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Findings from the project have been requested and read by researchers and coaches across the world, including leading combat sports organizations. The overall goals of the project were to contribute quality data to the field of combat sport research and provide novel insight into the demands of BJJ and the characteristics of its practitioners. Read more about key contributions here.