Category Archives: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques

The sport of BJJ is a vast and endless journey of self discovery, physical, mental and emotional growth. Techniques take years to learn and refine. There is always someone out there that is better, faster and more technical. The more we learn, the more we realise just how much more there is. When it comes improving, we each have our own path to follow. There are drills, rolling, technical instruction and competitions. All of these and more are required along the path of Jiu-Jitsu. One thing that is a cornerstone of BJJ improvement is good solid instruction by top class coaches and competitors. This is not always so easy to find though. To help you on your way, we’ll regularly post and share Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques by BJJ players at the top of the heap so that regardless of where you are or if you have access to solid instruction, our posts can help bring some of that knowledge to you. The techniques have been sorted into sub categories to form a BJJ curriculum so that you can actually learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a structured way. So let’s get started with these Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.

Cross collar choke

The mount is a very dominant position however many people struggle to be truly effective from it due to worry that every time they go for a submission, an experienced opponent can throw them off. In this video, Roger Gracie black belt Nic Gregiorades demonstrates the extremely effective cross collar choke and shows us exactly how to ensure that you don’t get thrown off while executing this extremely high percentage submission. Nic is also the author of The blackbelt blueprint

How to do an armbar.

Here’s the deal. Of all the submissions in MMA and BJJ, the one signature Brazilian Jiu Jitsu move that most people learn to recognise is the arm bar. Most people want to learn a submission and since BJJ is renowned for the effectiveness of the guard, the armbar is a very recognisable submission. Ironically, the reason it’s so well know is because it’s not just for show. The arm bar is a very high percentage submission. In this video, world renowned Blackbelt Nic Gregiorades, author of The blackbelt blueprint, demonstrates how to do an armbar.

It’s an extremely effective way to get your opponent to tap out. There are many arm bar variations but the one shown below is the one that works best for me and I’m sure you’ll find it to be an extremely good weapon for your entire Jiu-Jitsu career. I’ve always called it the 5 point armbar as that’s how I was taught it. There are small details in it that determine it’s effectiveness. Nic explains just how to do an armbar from the guard in a way that’s simple to understand and yet extremely accurate and detailed at the same time.

It’s a basic technique that seasoned BJJ players will already know but if you’re relatively new to the sport, this is one of those submissions that you’ll find works for you for years and years. Drill it properly and get it right because it’s a serious game changer. There are many techniques you’ll learn over the years but not many that will work for you as well as this one. It’s one thing to know how to do an armbar but it’s another thing all together to have all the details down properly so that you can do it to a strong and skilled opponent. A mentor of mine once told me that learning a technique is easy but perfecting it takes years.

Video source: BJJweekly

How to do a side control escape and recover guard.

World class Roger Gracie blackbelt, Nic Gregoriades, the author of the Blackbelt blueprint, demonstrates how to do a side control escape and get your opponent back into the guard. It’s a vitally important set of movements that can help you to stop getting crushed by a heavy opponent and while the concept will be very familiar to higher belts in BJJ, the small details are critical as common mistakes will easily get you caught in an Americana or simply lead to you not escaping effectively. Nic does a great job of going through the details in a clear concise way in this video.

Video source: BJJweekly