Describing and developing the Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete was a research project that started in Q1 2015 and ended in Q1 2020. The project was divided into three stages. The first stage assessed physiological and motivational characteristics of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) athletes. The second stage explored different training interventions designed to target rapid improvements in strength and endurance. The third stage summarized and contextualized key findings.
The project was led by Karsten Øvretveit and had contributors 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. 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.
Findings from the project have been requested and read by researchers and coaches across the world, including large combat sports organizations.