3 Most Important BJJ Techniques That Every Beginner Should Focus On


Being a martial arts enthusiast is easy but in real getting started with BJJ is rather much more challenging thus, appealing. Appealing because it can help to keep you durable both physically and mentally. When I first saw people training BJJ my first thought about it was, “I’m never going to do it.” But, then little did I know that time. So, if you are getting started, other than being physically and mentally prepared be ready to overcome the mistakes by acquiring a good knowledge of BJJ techniques. Here are the three things you should know about to start with:

Guard Replacement With Hip Escape


This side control escape technique is the one you’ll use more than any other side control escape. So, first of all, learn to move your hips to the bottom for all escapes instead of any other technique. This way, you’ll be able to grasp the two most important hip movements, bridging and hip escape for escaping the bottom in BJJ. In addition, if you get skilled at it, you’ll be able to easily learn a lot about guard retention in BJJ too.

The common mistake that’s made here is trying to bench press the opponent off you than using the arm to create frames. Are you doing the same because at once I used to do that too.

Scissor Sweep

This technique is one of the most basic one which further teaches all the elements that are used in all other ground sweeps. Breaking the opponent’s balance, moving the hip to create an angle, controlling grips, and using the power of the legs instead of the upper body are a few to name. Therefore, it combines very well with various other techniques in combination attacks.

The most common mistake committed in this technique is that most of the beginners fail to execute a sharp pull to off balance the opponent before attempting to secure the legs. Do work on it.

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Triangle Choke From Guard

As you might already be aware of the fact that the triangle choke is one of the signature submissions in BJJ. It basically teaches how to use the legs to attack and choke the opponent, especially when the other is larger, stronger, and a superior wrestler who cannot be reversed in order to obtain the top position. Therefore, it is put into play from the moment you begin to train to all the way up to the highest levels of MMA and international competitions.

The most common mistake one can commit here is attacking the triangles when the opponent has a stronger posture. Since against the triangles, posture is considered as the best defense if you still choose to attack, keep in your mind, your success rate will be very low.

So, keep learning from your mistakes. New techniques cannot be mastered in a short while, it requires a lot of patience and practice. In addition, assume the best of everyone. Assume you know less than anyone. Don’t lose your focus and keep fighting. Trust me, unlike anything else you would never want to stop learning other than to wipe off the sweat or take a shower with a soap for BJJ fighter only. So, welcome aboard fellas!


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Essentials of Strength Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

While strength training is a very vast subject and we can safely say that the most explored of all motor abilities and done almost countless studies and experiments, hereinafter will try to give some basic information that could be used by any fighter, respectively, coach BJJ. There are several definitions of the term power. For us, most comprehensive and most acceptable would be: Power is the ability to overcome external load muscle contraction. There are several types of power:

-Explosive Power – the ability to achieve maximum muscle contraction in the shortest possible time;
-Speed Power – is the ability of the athlete to perform one or more movements at a greater speed at lower or higher resistance; (for some authors explosive and speed power are the same one)
-Repetitive Power (endurance in strength, muscular endurance) – The ability of athletes to exhibit relatively greater power over a longer period of time;
-Maximum or static power – FORCE– the biggest force that can be generated in a maximal voluntary contraction.


There is also a division at:

-Absolute strength (maximum weight load that athletes can handle)
-Relative strength (mastering the relationship between load and mass athletes)

In addition to the division of power, we have to mention the division of muscle contraction. those are:

-Concentric (Muscle force is greater than the external force, the muscle shortens, merge approaching)
-Eccentric (Muscle force is less than exterior force under whose influence of muscle lengthens)
-Isometric (Muscle force is equal to the external force and does not come to a shortening nor to an elongation of muscles, respectively, outwardly muscle length does not change, but the tone rises)

When you talk about sports or about strength training in sports, there is a rule (with exceptions of course): “To train movement, not muscle.” Accordingly, there are specific features and rules when it comes to strength training in a specific sport. Those are:

1. Type of power – we get gain strength only from the type of power that we trained, for example, if your goal is to improve the technique of “double leg takedown (DLT)” must do explosive strength, because it is a movement that seeks explosiveness.
2. The muscle groups involved in the exercise – you need to turn those muscle groups that perform this movement or strength increases only in those muscles involved in the exercise, for example, when the DLT technique primarily the muscles of the legs, core muscles and neck and partly arm muscles and chest, and they should train.


  1. The type of muscle contraction – in which the contraction exercise your muscles or movement, in that most will come to gain power, for example. If you are in a position to side control and planning to strongly fix the opponents should be doing isometric contraction.
  2. The amplitude of the movement – the power of the highest increases in the extent in which you perform the movement; try to develop strength in the range (amplitude) in which you perform the movement in sports. For example, If you do DLT technique half squat is not a great exercise for you; an exercise would be a deep squat or lunge because the amplitude of movement.
  3.  Speed of contraction – If your sport is dominated by fast movements, you should practice all the moves in fast mode, respectively contraction. For example, if we do technique where flying armbar is required to perform a quick movement, an exercise for us would jump (different variants), because it is fast contraction, while squat with large weights and thus a slower rate of contraction would not be appropriate.
  4. The specificity of the movement – the last, but we can safely say the most important thing. Each exercise has a specific structure of the movement and the power of the highest increases most in the movement. If the athlete raises high weight exercises leg press, the squat position might happen to generate the (proportionally) less force. Although the other 5 parameters like, almost the same, if we change just one detail performing the exercises, movement, changing the neuromuscular coordination and the nervous system recognizes it as almost a second movement and therefore generates less force. Look to always make as similar as possible to exercise training with movement in sport, every detail.


So from all of this, can we deduce that the rule of SPECIFIC is the most important in sport. There are a number of scientists who advocate the theory that no preparatory or basic agent (exercise) can replace the specific muscular work. Most of you probably at the mention of the word “force” think about the gym. In addition to the weights and machines, there is also a multitude of resources for the development of power which we will discuss in some other articles. These are all excellent methods and resources in training forces, but keep in mind just eating thing: Strength training is a great addition to the sport, especially in combat, only if you respect the rule of SPECIFIC!

Essentials of Strength Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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12369268_10154388636440898_1309469093047879767_nIn traditional martial arts circles, it’s common to hear the phrase “self-development” thrown around when talking about the benefits of training. It’s not often that I hear BJJ athletes talk specifically about self-development but I’m sure it exists. So first of all, what does self-development even mean?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines self-development as:

“The act of deciding for yourself how to improve your skills and taking action to do this.”

If we look at this from the physical skill level, I don’t think there is any question that through training in Brazilian jiu jitsu we are improving our (physical) skills.

When most talk about self-development however, I find undertones relating to improving one’s personality or outlook on life. There is this idea that somehow by practising a physical activity, we can become better, happier, members of society.

If we look back through history, martial arts were originally ways of developing fighters. Whether with weapons or empty handed, it was necessary for young men to learn how to fight in order to wage wars, defend territory and so on.

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In the early 20th century however, things started to change in Japan. Arts that previously were taught only as a means of fighting started to emphasise their philosophical side.

This was not just a subtle shift. Starting in 1919, arts that had names that ending in “jutsu” (jujutsu, kenjutsu, kyujutsu, etc.) were re-named with “do” at the end. While “jutsu” just means techniques, “do” means “way” as in a “way of life”. So jujutsu became judo, kenjutsu became kendo, and so on.

The attitude of many martial arts groups at this time was that “the goals of budo (martial arts) are not to compete for victory in competitions” but that self-development was the real goal. There was a divide between sport and budo. While sports were seen as hobbies, as entertainment, budo was seen as a way to “temper the body and the mind”.

When Mitsuyo Maeda taught grappling in Brazil, he chose to use the original name “jujutsu” (or, as it was Romanised, “jiu-jitsu”) instead of calling it “judo”. Being involved in many challenge matches, I can understand why Maeda was reluctant to use the name judo. Only those that were there would know, but I suspect Maeda much preferred focusing on developing fighters rather than teaching self-development.

But just because our art doesn’t have “way of life” in the name, does that mean that athletes’ lives aren’t being improved because of the training? Are we really only learning how to fight?

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I suspect it depends. For some, they train because they want a career in fighting. They are not paying a coach to teach them morals and life lessons. They simply want to know the most efficient ways to knock out or submit their opponent.

There may be other students who, much like myself, have found much value in learning the philosophical lessons that the warriors of old were able to pass on. Children in particular need a lot of guidance and some of that can definitely be found in some of the better BJJ academies around the world.

I suppose that a lot depends on the teacher as well. Not all teachers are qualified or interested in guiding students to look at the deeper aspects of life. At the end of the day, the instructor will focus on what he wants to pass on and if the students like it they will stay.

However, I dare to say that if you aren’t learning about yourself through your hard training you just aren’t being open to it. It amazes me how much we can learn about our personalities while dealing with hardship and yes; a forearm across the throat qualifies as a hardship!

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At some point you’re going to be smashed. Maybe your opponent is twice your size and he has you in a tight side control position with his shoulder pressuring your jaw. How do you feel in this situation? Of course no one is happy to be there, but the reactions I see vary widely. Some will thrash about in a panic, trying to relieve the pressure. Others will wait calmly until there is an opening to escape. Finally, some will be overcome by the stress and pressure and may even tap from the position.


Everyone taps. How do you react when it happens to you? Some will slam their fist on the mat, curse, and continue the roll, looking for revenge. Others will smile and continue, trying not to commit the same mistake again. Finally, others will mentally berate themselves for making the mistake and will ponder their worthiness all night long.


Train long enough and a somewhat serious injury is bound to happen sooner or later. What we practise is a combat sport and if we are training with a reasonable level of intensity, well, s**t happens. Again, the reactions after an injury vary greatly. Some may get depressed. After all, if the injury is serious it’s going to put you out of training for a while, and that is depressing. Some students may not even resume their training, claiming that it’s “too risky”. Others may laugh off the injury and take that time to reflect, read books, and focus on rehab. Injuries happen to all of us, it’s how you react that matters.

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I’ve heard it a million times. “I can’t believe that guy got promoted. I’ve been training longer than him! He doesn’t deserve it.” It’s easy to feel envious of our training partners when they get promoted before us. In times like these maybe we can reflect on Carlos Gracie Sr’s words “Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of your own.”

In case it’s not clear by now, I definitely think we can take the lessons that we learn on the mat and use them in our daily lives. I don’t think instructors necessarily need to force these lessons onto their students. The athletes who are self-aware will learn the lessons. They will become more humble through their beatings on the mat. They will become more respectful as they realise they don’t have all the answers.

Injuries can be looked at as setbacks. Setbacks will occur multiple times in life, whether it’s a failed relationship, or a financial problem. Maybe our lessons learned from dealing with setbacks on the mat can allow us to handle these tough times better than the non-practitioner.

BJJ training is good for our minds, bodies, and spirit. The lessons we need will come, just as long as we don’t quit.



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