An unscientific analysis of listening patterns of my Music for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu article. In April I posted a mishmash of songs from my collection that could be considered to be related to our favourite martial art. Four months later, I did some stats hunting to gauge the response. And since I managed to omit Brazilian music of any kind, I’ve also tracked down four classic Brazilian metal albums that sound great on the mats.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is some of the most fun that you can have with your clothes on. But the intense combination of mental and physical exertion makes periodic time off mandatory. There are lots of ways to dingdong your time away while relaxing off the mats. Preventative body maintenance is time well spent, as are surfing and skateboarding. Books are also a personal favourite (I recommend Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian), but maybe you’re into playing video games (is Quake still cool?), camping and hiking (if you live in my part of the world, you’re stoked), or putting your hard-earned cash on the line with something like bingogodz.com .
As you’ve seen, music is one of my off-the-mat hobbies and I enjoy sharing it with people. So here are the top 20 winners of the Jiu-Jitsu Vortex Music Challenge, ordered from most to least listens:
1. Jesus Lizard – “Art of Self Defense”
2. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Rollin’ wit’ you”
3. Charles Mingus – “Haitian Fight Song”
4. Deltron 3030 – “Battlesong”
5. Brutal Truth – “Let’s Go to War”
6. Sex Pistols – “Submission”
7. Wu Tang Clan – “Protect Ya Neck”
8. Jeru the Damaja – “Physical Stamina”
9. Link Wray – “Rumble”
10. Ted Nugent – “Stranglehold”
11. Zeke – “Twisted”
12. Stranglers – “Grip”
13. Morbid Angel – “Suffocation”
14. Miles Davis – “Bitches Brew”
15. Billie Holliday – “Cheek to Cheek”
16. (three-way tie) Patsy Cline – “Baby Arms”, The Novas – “The Crusher”, The Clash – “Clampdown”
19. Zappa – “Fifty-Fifty”
20. Iggy and The Stooges – “Rubber Legs”
As a lifelong science geek, I can’t help hypothesizing when presented with data. These results basically follow the song order of the article. A substantial difference between first and second places – and second and third – followed by a slow taper, suggests that people started from the top and dropped off as they realized the goofiness of my musical tastes. That’s science at its best.
What’s the Perfect BJJ Music? Classic Brazilian Metal
Now – as promised – Brazilian metal. I’ve pulled four classics off the shelf which are consistent with BJJ training in that: a) they’re awesome, b) Brazilian English can be pretty funny, and c) the band rosters interweave as much as those of Brazilian jiu-jitsu teams. Enjoy.
Sepultura – Bestial Devastation EP (1985)
Get past the embarrassing intro and Sepultura’s first offering is wonderful stuff. Many metal historians consider the song “Antichrist” to be the first appearance of the blast beat.
Add Bestial Devastation to your collection
Sarcofago – I.N.R.I. (1987)
After leaving Sepultura, “singer” Wagner Lamounier went on to kick more ass with Sarcofago. Their early material is fantastic and was heavily influential in the early thrash/death/black metal scenes.
Add Sarcofago’s I.N.R.I. to your collection
Sextrash – Sexual Carnage (1990)
Sarcofago’s drummer “D.D. Crazy” went on to start a band called Sextrash and they recorded some killer material. Their album Sexual Carnage included the song Psychoneurosis, here complemented by video footage of Deer Man of Dark Woods, destroyer of abrupt transitions and friend of The Jiu-Jitsu Vortex.
Add Sextrash’s Sexual Carnage to your collection
Mystifier – Wicca (1992)
Mystifier, who were on the soundtrack of the excruciatingly uncomfortable movie Gummo, put out their Wicca album in 1992. The album continues to be heavily influential in the underground metal scene and the song Tormentum Aeternu is a choice cut:
Add Mystifier’s Wicca to your collection
My intro to martial arts was goju karate, then judo, so before Brazilian jiu-jitsu came into the picture, music during training wasn’t a thing. No turning back now. Although I still enjoy a quiet dojo sometimes – and always prefer to teach without music – BJJ rolling just isn’t the same without a soundtrack.