Emojis have really found a permanent place in our daily electronic communication. As an active user of social media, I find myself spending what feels like an excessive amount of time selecting the right emojis to accompany my message. The latest emoji update to the apple and android keyboard was fantastic with the addition of tacos and unicorns, among other icons. When posting about Jiu-jitsu related content, there are some emojis that are obvious stand-out winners. But first, please note that research informs us that females use emojis more frequently than males (See links to articles below.). The research studies on emoji use are really interesting and secondly, I might be biased as a woman writing a blog post about emojis in the first place.
The classic kimono with black belt. This emoji might represent multiple martial arts that require a gi with belt, but I really feel it was made with us BJJers and/or judokas in mind. Again, biases prevail here.
Cons: There are no belt colors here, only black. I also don’t think people are accusing me of claiming black belt status based on an emoji.
Belt rank-colored heart emojis. Perhaps heart emoji usage is more prevalent among females, though a proper observational study is in order. Now, this emoji category provides a nice range of color. I’d say that a majority of my posts on social media contain a belt rank-colored heart.
Cons: We face the same issue as with the lack of variation of color as noted for the kimono-black belt emoji. It would be very helpful to have heart emojis for white belts, gray belts, and brown belts. I’m not even sure if a white heart would even be feasible. An outline of a heart with some shading? Good substitutes for brown belts are the chocolate bar, the poo emoji, and the bear depending on who you are referencing.
The animal kingdom of jiujitsu. Here we use different animals to represent styles and types of guards or movements. I’ve personally used the spider for spider guard, obviously, but I like to throw in the spider’s web for extra emphasis. I really wish there was a lasso. I’ve been playing more lasso guard than spider guard anyhow. Heavy weights are represented as the gorillas and the porradeiros of the mat seem like sharks to me, but less sneaky than real life sharks.
Cons: Not all guards and styles are represented, so this is not an exhaustive list. Seems like people are always inventing their own signature moves. Even Keenan Cornelius claims several of his own (e.g., Mantis Guard).
Podium Medals. Cannot not have these. Glad there is not a fourth place in ibjjf competitions, just double third. And rightly so, because it would just suck to fight for 3rd place over 4th. Not sure when this gem of double third began but I like it.
Cons: Absolutely no cons for these emojis.
Thinking emoji. If you are active on social media, it seems that every week there’s some online drama or commotion of some sort. Impassioned outbursts, rants, and criticisms run amuck. This emoji is for those who are making a low key statement of WTH or general confusion.
Cons: It would be nice to have the thinking emoji flipped on its vertical axis. Thinking in both directions implies deep thinking, extreme confusion, or indecision.
Injured emoji. Let’s face the facts. Jiujitsu is a combat sport. The majority of us claim a multitude of injuries and chronic pain issues, but we keep on training. This adequately represents general injury, head trauma or concussion, and accompanies announcement that one cannot train due to said injury.
Cons: Every limb can be represented here: An elbow in a sling, a foot cast, rib cage bandage, etc. I really could go on here.
The Shaka. Internationally known as the thing to do with your free hand as you side-hug with your other arm. It indicates that you are a laid back, easy going person that loves to socialize with others in the sport. It may also indicate that you are possibly Hawaiian and possible a surfer. The hand gesture translates to “hang loose” and also represents friendship and solidarity.
Cons: Because of the stronger relation to surfing, this emoji may be misleading. Apart from BJJ selfies and in group photos, the Shaka is not in common use in-person.
Post-weight cut foods. Each person has their own tastes and preferences, but generally one must avoid sweet and savory carbs and sugar. These emojis increase in frequency of appearance leading up to tournament dates as a list of restricted foods and reappear as a list of foods eaten.
Cons: Foodies with cravings for more unusual foods are out of luck. Still looking for a good representation of pandan waffles and red bean paste sticky buns. Also, I have no idea what this emoji is: 🍢.
Slang word for cool in Brazilian Portuguese. This emoji was most likely designed as a directional symbol to indicate north of or above as “top”. Coincidentally, one may use the emoji to reference a post or comment by saying, “Hey look, this thing right above is pretty cool.”
Cons: Only those individuals that know the term top will understand.
Brazil, Japan, and USA Flags. The first two flags represent the birthplace and rebirth of two styles of jiujitsu: Japanese, or OG jiujitsu and Brazilian Jiujitsu. Flags are used to indicate national heritages of the sport or to indicate a passage written in English, Portuguese, or on rare occasions, Japanese. They make nice accent emojis, end-caps to a message.
Cons: Some might feel that jiujitsu Should not be considered solely Brazilian at this point. Although it is important to note that BJJ is still the formal title of the sport.
Emojis we need:
1. Cauliflower ear 👂
2. Ear guards⛑
3. Brazilian Referee
4. Flip flops 👡
5. Weight scale ⚖️
6. Food baby belly 🤰