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!
Oftentimes white belts will resort to pulling guard in competition out of fear of not having takedown experience. This takedown is low impact and easy to perform. Enjoy!
“I got a question on my blog recently asking about a solid takedown for a white belt with no prior wrestling or judo experience. In the video I share an effective takedown that I show to many of my new students. I’ve seen this technique work numerous times for my students and even myself in competition. It’s simple, effective and even if you haven’t wrestled a ton, is pretty easy to implement into the game.” – Chewjitsu
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