The 12 Best BJJ apps in 2020

Free and paid apps for improving your jiu jitsu, logging your training and timing and scoring your rounds

There are plenty of BJJ apps in the Google Play and Apple App stores. Not only are there paid instructionals, but there are also plenty of free video apps, training log apps and even social networking apps. 

An app won’t replace time on the mat, but they can be useful if you’re stuck on a bus to work or want to start logging your training and measuring your progress. Here’s our pick of the most useful. Looking for online BJJ training libraries? We’ve compared the top libraries in our guide.

Marune

If you want to start tracking your progress in jiu jitsu using an app, Marune is one of the better choices available. It allows you to log training, seminars, camps, competitions, belt promotions and your weight.

The most useful feature is the detailed training log. It allows you to input who your instructor was, if the session was gi or no gi, how much sparring as a percentage of the total training time, and what flows and techniques you used (which it does using an innovative hashtag system). You can also record other related training sessions including judo, various styles of wrestling and other combat sports. 

There’s almost too much detail here in some aspects, like being able to specify which gi you used in a training session (you can even give it a nickname)!

BJJBuddy

BJJBuddy is a training log similar to Marune. It allows you to log your training and also has some social features such as a public feed showing other app users’ training notes, and a leaderboard of those training and rolling the most.

The training log included in BJJBuddy functions similarly to Marune but allows you to enter in more detail about your sparring. It includes the ability to note all of your subs, taps and sweeps for a given training session, and you can even specify the technique used. It also allows you to add more information about your sparring sessions, including the number of rounds you rolled, the length of the rounds and even the rest period.

It also allows you to record competition results, and displays graphs showing your training stats.

Combat Academy

Combat Academy is a training log app designed for combat sports including jiu jitsu, judo, wrestling and many others. It allows you to log training sessions, write training notes, upload video and images of techniques, and specify how long you spent doing various activities in training like sparring and drilling. You can also note the number of submissions, takedowns, escapes and reversals you attempt and execute.

The app also has a social feed showing others’ training notes, and simple goal tracking so you can measure your progress with new techniques.

BJJ Link

BJJ Link is a social network designed for jiu jitsu practitioners. It functions similar to Facebook with a central feed showing different users’ posts and updates like checking into a gym, going to a seminar or competition, or sharing photos from a training session. 

It also allows you to filter through the user database based on location, which may be helpful for those in smaller towns looking for others who are training.

Yoga for BJJ

While it’s not strictly just an app and it has a subscription payment model, Yoga for BJJ is a good app to consider. It’s a video library developed by Sebastian Brosché, a black belt and yoga instructor from Sweden with plenty of experience and achievements competing in IBJJF and UAEJJF competitions. 

Yoga can be helpful for BJJ athletes to avoid or rehab injuries and to correct body imbalances which arise out of sparring.

The videos on Yoga for BJJ are split into different programs for different uses. They cater to everyone from inflexible beginners and those with injuries, all the way up to intermediate and advanced practitioners. 

BJJ Roadmap

I downloaded the free BJJ Roadmap ebook when I first started training years ago, and found it to be one of the few resources aimed perfectly at someone who’s just starting BJJ and clueless about positions and techniques.

The BJJ Roadmap app is a video complement to the ebook, and includes approximately 1 hour of free content showing the basics of closed guard, open guard and half guard, plus some information on the big picture of BJJ. It’s great for newbies or those who want to brush up on the concepts behind these three positions. It also includes extra paid video modules covering side mount, knee mount, full mount, rear mount and turtle.

BJJ Flow

BJJ Flow is basically a collection of YouTube videos from different creators sorted by position and type of technique.

While it’s a very simple app, it’s useful for getting a quick video summary about a position or technique you’re not sure about.

875+ BJJ Technique Demos

Jason Scully is the mastermind behind Grapplers Guide, an online BJJ training library.

His app 875+ BJJ Technique Demos is only available on the Apple App store, but it’s an excellent collection of techniques you can use as a reference guide.

The app is made up of different techniques shown in quick succession. Examples include “19+ No-Gi Chokes In 7 Minutes” and “38 Closed Guard Combos In 4 Minutes”. 

The other great feature of this app is that once you’ve downloaded it, you won’t need to use your data to watch the videos.

Roy Dean TV

Roy Dean is a black belt and author with an online training library called Roy Dean TV which you can subscribe to. He releases a number of the videos individually on the Google Play and App Store, with one of the most popular being his Blue Belt Requirements video.

He also sells seminars and other videos focusing on specific topics like no gi, triangles and more.

You can read more about his training library in our guide to online BJJ training libraries.

Great Grappling

Great Grappling is similar to BJJ Flow in that it’s an app which pulls together a number of YouTube videos and then allows you to browse through them by position. 

There are 286 videos in total, and they’re taught by Jeremy “The Gerbil” Arel, a black belt with many achievements in competition who was taught by the legendary Roberto Correa.

The videos are sorted by position with a wide variety on offer, from side control and closed guard to sitting guard and deep half guard.

Jiu-Jitsu Timer 

If you’re rolling somewhere without a timer and want to set some rounds in advance with rest periods in between, a timer app is a great idea. There are plenty of free options on both the App Store and Google Play, but Jiu-Jitsu Timer is a simple option that’s available on both platforms, and is easy-to-use.

Other good options for Google Play users include Spar and Timer BJJ, and on the App store, BJJ Round Timer Pro

Timer and Points BJJ

If you’re practicing for an upcoming competition or running a competition with a few open mat buddies, a scoreboard app is useful.

Timer and Points BJJ is a simple scoreboard and timer which is easy to use. There are dedicated buttons for 2, 3 and 4 points, advantages, penalties, subs and disqualification. Each button also has an undo button next to it, just in case you make a mistake.

You can also use this app just as a timer, and intervals for rest are included.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to find a good alternative for Apple users, so we recommend using this browser-based scoreboard app, which has the same features as the Timer and Points BJJ app.


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