Porrada, Nutella Fighters: What Do Jiu-Jitsu's Latest Buzzwords Mean?

Porrada: it’s not a new term, but it’s certainly enjoying a newfound mainstream notoriety for English-speaking jiu-jitsu practitioners.

The explosion of porrada as a buzzword is almost entirely due to Romulo Barral bringing it back. We thought there could be no better intro to the topic than to hear from the man himself. Here's what Romulo had to say:

"Everyone in Brazil knows 'porrada' means 'brawling'; I believe that’s the literal translation in English. And everyone uses the word for training hard = porrada. I will go a little deeper with that. 
#EverydayPorrada means being intense in all aspect of life. On and off the mats. Is not only about training hard, killing yourself every day on the mats, it is beyond that. It is a lifestyle for tough people who don’t complain and make things happen in all aspects of their lives."

Let’s get right to it then: Porrada means to "go hard as f***". It may not be the most nuanced style of training, but it certainly serves as a pressure-cooker which has forged more than one champion.

Leandro Lo once said that training at Cicero Costha was incredibly rough. "There were no easy training sessions, everyone rolls when they’re injured, when they’re tired – no rounds off". In general, it can look like mayhem. 

Though it would be an unfair generalization to cast any single gym as porrada all the time or never porrada enough, many academies embrace a hardnose, grueling atmosphere that could only be considered porrada.

For a glimpse into a true porrada session, watch our Road To Worlds vlog from Unity Jiu-Jitsu in New York. The intensity of their competition training is out of this world.  

Perhaps everyone likes to think they can go full porrada, but only a few matches truly reach the top of the tree. Check out a few of our favorites below. 

Nutella Is Delicious, So Why Is It Bad To Be A 'Nutella-Black Belt'?

Buchecha is not a fan of Nutella.

Nutella getting thrown around as an insult comes as surprise to many English-speakers the first few times they hear it,  'That guy is Nutella black belt', sounds both foreign and food-related. 

But don't be fooled: this has nothing to do with taste. Being a Nutella fighter is essentially being a fake-fighter, a wuss, someone who is afraid of porrada. 

Renzo Gracie once explained that, "Nutella is fake chocolate! I like real chocolate! I like real jiu-jitsu! The roots jiu-jitsu!" 

Coincidentally, this why you've likely seen 'raiz' (Portuguese for roots) contrasted with Nutella. 

Still unsure? Watch the Vagner Rocha HL below – THAT is raiz jiu-jitsu.

World Pro Qualifiers Results & Recap: Mesquita, Miyaos, JGR, Kaynan Advance

Day one of the black belts at the Abu Dhabi World Pro saw the best of Brazil compete against each other to represent their country in the main brackets.

Who Needs To Fight Into World Pro: Country Qualifiers At A Glance

There is a limit of two competitors per country in each weight division at the Abu Dhabi World Pro. The top-ranked competitor gets placed in the bracket, while the second spot is fought for by all other competitors of the same nationality in a qualifying "Country Bracket". 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Key Women To Watch at the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro

The 2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro kicks into full swing on April 24, and some of the most compelling matchups are certain to go down in the stacked women's divisions.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Crazy World Pro Brackets Put Miyao-Doederlein In Probable First-Round Match

Call it unlucky, call it unfair. I call it a bad move in the bracketing system.

Jamil Hill, DJ Jackson & Team Lloyd Irvin Put On A Show at Fight 2 Win 109

DJ Jackson retained his Fight 2 Win Middleweight no-gi title with a toe-to-toe victory over Arnaldo Maidana at F2W 109 in Baltimore. 

The Saga of 77kg: Will Langaker Unravel Levi's Deadly Berimbolo Game?

Huge. Loaded. Stacked. The 77kg division at the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro promises plenty, including a potential showdown between Levi Jones-Leary– berimbolo wunderkind and man of the moment– and the man who could hold the secret to breaking his win streak, Tommy Langaker. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro Brackets are LIVE

The FloGrappling squad has touched down in the UAE which means we are just two days away from the kick off of the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Only A Few ADCC Invites Are Left, Have Your Say In Who Should Get Them

The 2019 ADCC World Championships may not come around until September but the divisions are nearly full and only a handful of places remain. 

Kaynan Duarte & Erberth Santos: A Clash of Titans at Abu Dhabi World Pro

Two of jiu-jitsu’s most widely-discussed competitors stand a chance to meet one another at the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro – We're talking about Atos wonderkid and potential superstar Kaynan Duarte and the Brazilian badboy Erberth Santos.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Every Name Invited/Qualified For ADCC 2019 World Championship (Updated)

[Updated April 17, 2019] Here is a list which we will update with the names of every person who qualifies for or is invited to the ADCC World Championships, to be held in Los Angeles in September 2019.