“Vita brevis,
ars longa,
occasio praeceps,
experimentum periculosum,
iudicium difficile.”


“Life is short,
and art long,
opportunity fleeting,
experience perilous,
and judgment difficult.”

This quote is from the first section of a text called the “Aphorismi”, translated as “Aphorisms”, which was written by the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. The Aphorisms were a list of principles by which a physician should treat disease and care for patients.

The lines “Life is short, and art long,” are meant to communicate to physicians that the art of medicine is a life long pursuit, and a journey that never ends, because life is too short to allow a complete mastery of it.

In our opinion, that also sums up the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and inspired the name of this site: Ars Jitsu, which can be translated to mean “the art”, or “the craft”, of Jiu-Jitsu. If you have spent any time training on the mat, you understand exactly why.

We created this site because we were inspired to create a place where BJJ practitioners, in their own stages in the journey of Jiu-Jitsu, could share knowledge and experiences with one another—from white belt to black.

The original writers on ArsJitsu are students training under Marcelo Pereira of Team Marcelo Periera, in Naples, Florida. Marcelo is a three time world champion, and has produced multiple world champions from his students, in a relatively short period of time. We owe him much gratitude for his guidance and generous professorship. Marcelo is also actively involved in creating content for ArsJitsu and contributing his knowledge as well.

ArsJitsu - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Network

A May 2014 team picture of Team Marcelo Pereira

A Site Built by Real Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Students

Each of our contributors are real Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors and students, who put a gi on several times a week and train. We’re all in different stages of our personal journeys, but each of us understands the challenges, the struggles, and the joy of rolling and training.

We are a new site, founded in 2014, and we are looking for contributors. Contact us if you have an interest in writing for ArsJitsu.

Thanks for visiting.

– Jim Wagner