Armbar From Full Guard

The armbar is one of the most prolific submissions in BJJ.  It is a highly effective submission that can be applied from a wide range of positions.  The armbar is one of the first submissions that every BJJ practitioner should learn.  In this video, BJJ No-Gi World Champion Takeo Tani…

Butterfly Guard Basic Position

There are a wide range of guard positions that can be used from the bottom position in BJJ.  Each have their unique advantages and disadvantages.  Depending upon how your opponent attacks from the top, specific guards may be best suited to defend.  In this video, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa…

Butterfly Guard (Basic Position)

The butterfly guard is one of the many guard options to be used from the bottom position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The butterfly guard is very effective in preventing an opponent from passing into a dominant position. It can also be used offensively to set up sweeps and submissions. In this…

Breakfall: Seated

The ability to safely bring your body to the ground is a critical skill for any bjj practitioner. Learning to breakfall from various positions not only increases self-confidence, but is a useful life skill for reducing the risk of injury. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion demonstrates the…

Breakfall: Standing

The ability to safely bring your body to the ground is a critical skill for any bjj practitioner. Learning to breakfall from various positions not only increases self-confidence, but is a useful life skill for reducing the risk of injury. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci…

Turtle

The turtle is a position that occurs typically when an untrained fighter tries to disengage themselves from a fight in a passive manner, or when someone is under extreme pressure in a fight. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates the key points of controlling an opponent in…

Side Control

Side control is a very stable and commonly occurring top position in BJJ. Frequently, side control is the first position you will obtain and stabilize after passing the guard. There are a wide range of submission holds available from this position. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Alex Silva demonstrates…

Spider Guard

Another style for controlling your opponent from the guard is known as spider guard. Not only is spider guard an effective method for setting up submissions and sweeps, but it also makes attacking very difficult for your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci demonstrates the…

Open Guard

The open guard is a form of guard where you hold an opponent between your legs with your feet unhooked. This allows you to quickly apply a wide range of submissions and sweeps, as well as transition to other guard systems, such as the spider guard. In this lesson, BJJ…

North South

The north south position is a dominant top position that allows you to apply submissions, transition to other positions, and also has the added advantage of keeping relatively clear of your opponent’s legs. This makes it difficult for your opponent to regain their guard. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi…

Half Guard

The half guard is a useful transitional position from the bottom, used commonly to defend as well as attack. From this position, it is possible to apply a complex variety of sweeps, apply submission holds, and advance to other positions such as full guard or back control. In this lesson,…

Knee On Belly

The knee on belly position is a versatile top position that puts great downward pressure on your opponent. It presents you with a vast number of options to either transition to a new position or finish the fight. In a street self-defense situation, attacking with the knee on belly position…

Full Mount

The full mount position is one of the most dominant and advantageous positions you can obtain in a fight. From this position, the person on top can apply a wide range of submission techniques and strikes, while the person on bottom has very few attacking options. In this lesson, BJJ…

Back Control

Controlling the back is one of the most advantageous positions you can obtain in a fight. With back control, a smaller opponent can attack and defeat a larger opponent from a position where the opponent has very few attacking options. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro demonstrates the basics…

Closed Guard

The closed guard is perhaps the most basic guard, but it is also one of the most important. With your feet hooked behind an opponent’s back, the closed guard offers substantial control over an opponent’s movement, providing you with the opportunity to use a wide range of submission holds, while…