So many of us will never make it to Brasil to train BJJ. But there are some words that every bjj practitioner should know in Portuguese. Occasionally at a tournament there’s a Brasilian that doesn’t speak English, or a coach shouting in Portuguese, or maybe you just want to listen to what a Brasilian is saying and catch a few words. Well here are some great ones for Brasilian Jiu jitsu, and may make life a little easier.
Combate- fight Parou- stop
Porra (Poh- ha)- bad word, don’t use it,
Boa- good Vai- go
Raspa (Hah-spah)- Sweep Passa (Pah-sah)- pass
Obrigado (male) Obrigada(female)- thank you
Faixa (fi- shuh)-belt
Branca(bran- kuh)- white Azul(a-sool)- blue
Roxa(ho-shuh)- purple Marrom(mah- hom)- brown
Preta (pray- tuh)- black cem kilos (cem kilos)- side control
Por Favor (poh fah-voh)- please
desculpe(des-kool-pee)- excuse me
Nao falo portugues (now- fah-lo poh- tu ges)- I don’t speak Portuguese!
So yea that is just a little Portuguese to help if you’re competing, or if you hear a Brasilian talking about bjj. This way you can at least get some of the basics. there is more, of course, and I am not fluent in Portuguese, far from it. But it’s fun to pick up the words, and rely less and less on mixing Spanish or English in with the Portuguese.