The Most Basic Side Control Escape + 2 Sneaky Submissions
Sean Smith, BJJ Black Belt and Head Coach of Ultimate Martial Arts Academy in Cradley Heath is here filmed by the Warrior Collective giving a tutorial on different ways to cope with and work against larger, heavier opponents when stuck in bottom side control in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The video also features two sneaky submissions from bottom side control!
As a white belt this should be one of the very first escapes that you learn.
Grip Fighting For BJJ White Belts – Part 1 – “Standing Position”
When you first start out in Jiu Jitsu it can be easy to overlook the importance of grip fighting both standing and on the ground. We are so excited to get a sweep or land a submission that the art of grip fighting might seem boring.
As you progress you begin to realize that grips are imperative to have a knowledge of, if you wish to advance further in Jiu Jitsu.
The Most Detailed Butterfly Guard Sweep Tutorial Ever
Firas Zahabi just released another incredible tutorial. This one covers the powerful butterfly guard “hook sweep”.
“The Butterfly Guard is one of my favourite Guards because it is so dynamic, but be careful it is an advanced Guard, not only are the moves more technically sensitive they also require a lot of timing. Even though I consider this Guard more advanced I like to teach it early on. Starting from blue belt, I definitely teach a lot of open Guard and the Butterfly Guard is a must know.” -Firas Zahabi
First He Brought You Worms, Now Keenan Reveals Mantis Guard!
Keenan Cornelius is widely considered to be one of the most innovative BJJ players on the mat today. First Keenan brought us the worm guard, now he is unleashing “the mantis guard”!
It is a variation of reverse De la Riva guard with mantis hand positioning that ends in a kiss-of-the-dragon back take. Sounds like high level Dungeons & Dragons wizardry to me! I can’t wait to try it out on the mats.
Enjoy the technique below and be sure to stay tuned to keenanonline.com for more of Keenan’s innovations.
One of the most difficult skills for the white belt to develop is keeping someone from passing your guard. Passing the guard can be done with technique at the higher levels, but in a match between white belts, sometimes guard passing is easily accomplished with size and strength. Retaining your guard and not letting anyone pass it is a skill that requires finesse, precision and timing.
Here are some of the best video tutorials that I have found that will help the new BJJ player keep their opponents from passing the guard. The first video is a brand new one from Firas Zahabi, coach of legendary MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre.
Although most of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes place on the ground, it is vitally important for the BJJ white belt to learn to to “breakfall”. Inasmuch as the white belt needs to learn how to take someone down to the ground, they also need to learn how to be taken down safely!
Ukemi comes from the Japanese root verb “ukeru”; to receive. In the sport of Judo, throws (or ippons) are utilized to forcefully throw the opponent to the mat. Therefore breakfalls are taught during the very first classes. In BJJ we do some breakfall drills but it is not always focused on as much as it should be.
Learning how to properly breakfall will teach you how to absorb the force that comes from a strong throw. Check out the videos below to learn how to breakfall safely for Jiu Jitsu.
Hope this post will help keep you safe and injury free in your BJJ journey! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up to our email list for BJJ tips and tricks!
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