What is Gooning in JiuJitsu?


so What is the Gooning term associated to JiuJitsu?


the GOON word has been getting out a lot lately and is actually becoming part of the BJJ lingo.

For Example: Has he Been Gooning lately? or Is he being a Goon? or did he Goon his way out of the position, Submission? to cite a few.

Well, If you have been doing brazillian jiu jitsu long enough, you have encountered this type of grappler before. He puts strength before technique and believes if he is beating you because he is bigger and stronger that he is simply better and that is the “goon”. By definition this goes against all BJJ ideology because we as practitioners of the art have always been told that technique can win over strength but unfortunately sometimes brute strength can overwhelm an inexperienced person.  The first question that needs to be asked is how do you know if you are a goon? Some indicators that you might be a goon could be:

  • Uses attributes (flexibility,strength etc.) to execute techniques

  • You lack proper hip movement and body mechanics to execute moves and use said attributes above to do a technique

  • When rolling you always try roll harder and faster than the other person (I.e your partner goes 50% you have to be going 150% more than them.



This can be of obvious problem because if you are this person, it is hard to sometimes slow down and learn proper technique. So this leads to the next question how do we roll and deal with goons? Here are some tips for those bullies:

  • If you are on the bottom try to use guards that keep the persons weight off of you and on your legs. (I.e spider guard, x-guard etc.)

  • Don’t fight to the goon’s strengths. If the person is much stronger than you why engage in a battle of strength where you are at a disadvantage?

  • If you are on top and much smaller  than the goon try to work on stabilizing positions instead of relentlessly trying to submit. Work on things that you need to do to get better and not win the roll this ties into my last point.

  • You can’t always “win” and by winning here I mean submit and beat the goon. Work on your technique and try to put them in positions where they are constantly defensive. If they spend the round barely holding on to life in your guard, consider it a win.


With all of these tips posted above you have some good tips to start. Test these out on your local goon and see what results you have. Keep training BJJ everybody!

and DON’T BE A GOON!!!



 Written by: Mike Bryers


 Mike Bryers is an active BJJ competitor and Blue belt under Dan Moroney at Bravado Jiu Jitsu/Gracie Woodbridge. He is also a graduate BS.c Honours in kinesiology from York University.

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