White Belt Questions Asked: 6 Concepts For The BJJ Beginner
The good folks at Inverted Gear took the time to take some questions from beginners and then filmed extremely useful video responses!
Question #1 – xlice says: Any tips for how to free your foot when in 3/4 mount without getting rolled over? I’ve been trying to get a strong crossface, walk his arm up so he can’t push my knee, then bring my free foot on top to kick my foot free, but at the last second I keep getting rolled over to closed guard as I can’t establish any base to stop the upa.
Question #2 – jacksnullpointer says: Any good resources (or at least a short overview) on grips? Which grips should you go for, grip fighting basics, what grips are considered ‘strong’ (as in, your first priority is breaking them, otherwise you are not going to be able to do anything). I just started going to gi classes after a couple of months of no-gi and I’m lost all over again.
Question #3 – SnoopyJackson asks: When you are in closed guard on top,how do you manage to be stable enough in order to avoid the sweeps (especially against upper belts)?
Question #4 – arlmwl says: I’m terrible at getting on my side and getting an underhook in bottom 1/2. Usually someone passes my guard, I get bottom 1/2, but then they flatten me out before I can get to my side. What should I focus on; being faster during the transition to get to my side, or should I try to slow them down with framing, knee shield, etc and then get to my side? I just feel like I’m missing some key in getting to a better position in bottom 1/2.
Question #5 – bitmoji says: I am a 3 stripe white belt. I have been training for about a year and nine months. I still can’t reliably arm bar from closed guard.
Question #6 – godofdestruction asks: Any tips on how to finish the darce? I see a lot of videos explaining how to get there, but not how to finish.