The Forgotten BJJ Fundamental: Standing Up
Many times when we begin our journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and many more times during the heat of a roll, a white belt can forget the option of standing up.
Standing up in base is an especially important skill if your focus is MMA or self-defense. If either of those is your primary course of study, the standing up option should be amongst the main tools in your arsenal.
For the BJJ practitioner standing up is extremely useful when going against a bigger, stronger opponent. It is much easier to simply get up and work passes then it is to start out playing guard, getting passed, working an escape, gaining dominant position and then submitting your much larger compadre.
By no means am I suggesting that you should never play guard against bigger and stronger opponents. Such is not the case. I am merely trying to add the standing up alternative to your repertoire of options. If there is someone in your class that constantly pulls the smash-and-pass on you. Trust me, you will love the standing up option.
Below are a some videos to show you the technique of standing up:
Check out the new Dillon Danis highlight (below) which demonstrates the stand up option in action at the highest levels. In Dillon’s case, and the case of people who like the kneebar/footlock game, standing up proves critical because performing these techniques can leave you in bad position if you are not careful.
Hopefully this article proves useful to you. Good luck!