Shouldn’t the “Oil check” technique in BJJ be banned?

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a self-defense martial art and combat sport focusing on grappling, ground fighting and submission holds. It’s parenthood: Japanese Jujutsu (via Judo), Kosen Judo, Catch Wrestling. The core objective of BJJ is survival. More than beating an opponent or learning proper technique, jiu-jitsu is a form of self-defence that teaches practitioners how to survive a fight.  It doesn’t matter whether the fight takes place in an Octagon or in a street fight. Today we shall discuss the reasoning in order to stop the “Oil check” in BJJ.

Origin of BJJ:

In 1915, a world-famous Japanese judoka, Mitsuyo Maeda arrived in Brazil. He began teaching Jiu Jitsu and judo. Three of Maeda’s first students went on to become the founders of what is known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Maeda taught fundamentals to the development of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, including through his teaching of Carlos Gracie and others of the Gracie family. He was also a promoter of Japanese emigration to Brazil. It is said that Maeda won more than 2,000 professional fights in his career. However, this claim has been disputed. He taught three brothers from the Gracie family.  Of three brothers, Helio Gracie became the godfather of Brazilian jiu-jitsu who with his brothers’ help developed BJJ. Hélio Gracie’s name is uttered with respect. He is a modern-day legend, gained international acclaim for his dedication to the dissemination of the art and is recognized as the creator of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Oil check things:

“Oil check” is an euphemism phrase for putting a finger or fingers into the opponent’s anus during fighting. The general public who are not familiar with the fighting norm might be shocked. It may appear as a disgusting sight. An “Oil Check” wrestling move has a range of purposes. The most understandable reasoning might be inserting fingers into the anus to make the opponent uncomfortable. Also,  the victim could be injured and distracted from the fight so that the opponent can easily overpower him. However, oil check is illegal in all grappling arts  in the USA.

Oil checking violation of privacy:

If “oil check” is a part of BJJ fighting it is a violation of privacy which cannot be displayed in public. Even with the consent of both fighters,  it will be considered a public nuisance. In case, one of the fighters disagree while fighting with “oil check” thing, the act of digging fingers will be considered as rape. Without the consent of one of the fighting partners any kind of insertion into the anus whether it is violent or gentle will be deemed “rape” in the eyes of law. There are at least two unusual rape occurrences by police force. One in New York and another in Paris. In 1997, Abner Louima, a Haitian American man, was physically attacked and raped using a broken broomstick to sexually assault the handcuffed man. The officer was fired from the job and is still serving a 30-year jail sentence. Louima, in 2001,  received a $ 8.75 settlement in his civil suit against the city for police brutality. Another instance in Paris, a massive  protests was reported  after a police officer is accused of raping a 22-year-old black man with baton during arrest. Likewise, penetrating fingers in anus in BJJ fighting in public is an offensive matter. At least,  it is a public disturbance even if it is mutually agreed upon.


No civilized society would feel comfortable to watch a fight with family members that has an “oil check” technique . It should be banned to clear Brazilian jiu-jitsu from the controversial practice for the sake of decency and to avoid possible injury in the rectum. Besides, breaking someone’s privacy means breaking his or her dignity.

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