How to deal with some jiu-jitsu positions for beginners

How to deal with some jiu-jitsu positions for beginners

As a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who just starts this discipline. How do you deal with some jiu-jitsu positions for beginners? don’t you know? Find out real Brazilian jiu-jitsu tips to deal with some BJJ positions like leg locks.

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Jiu-jitsu positions for beginners: the Sucker Punch

As a BJJ beginners, if you have ever been sucker-punched then you know what a disadvantage it can be in an altercation. If you are a person who has thrown sucker punches then you know how it helps you take control of a jiu-jitsu fight.

Now, I have never sucker punched anyone. But I have been on the receiving end of a sucker punch. And I spent the first moments of the jiu-jitsu fight gathering my bearings and defending before I could turn the tables in my favor.

I say moments because everything was a blur and I had no idea how much time passed after I got hit.

Here’s my advice: On the jiu-jitsu mat, you can gain a very important edge by striking first.

Any advanced jiu-jitsu practitioner has his personal BJJ experience that most jiu-jitsu beginners students are always cautious and defer to you.

Therefore, they will allow you to set up grips, establish how you want to engage (butterfly, half guard, spider guard, …) and will let you set up the game in your favor. Don’t do that!

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BJJ fight mindset for beginners

Forget that you’re a BJJ beginners, ignore the jiu-jitsu rank or experience and don’t be afraid. Act like you are about to get into a bar fight and do something.

Now, I am not advocating charging like a bull, going wild or being reckless. What I am suggesting is that you take charge by initiating contact. This will disrupt the thinking of your rolling buddy.

An advanced jiu-jitsu practitioner or grappler will, at least, have three techniques in mind.

Thus, He knows what he wants to do after he has established a certain grip or BJJ guard. But, if you force him to defend then you can avoid his combinations.

This serves as an equalizer because although most vets have combos ready, they are less likely to have as many defenses on hand.

New guys always have some awkward techniques that are impossible to train for so go for what you know.

So, surprise them, and Getting the drop on your opponent will also allow you to wrestle with your strengths.

Indeed, if you need to be on top, go for it, and if you need guard, get it! or if your best move is a bear hug with an inside trip.

After you slap hands, wrap your BJJ opponent up. Don’t let him dictate.

In conclusion: As a jiu-jitsu beginners, by striking first you will do the following things:

  • Put your opponent on defense 
  • Wrestle to your strength 
  • Shock them.

Jiu-jitsu positions for beginners: The Roly-Poly Position

One of the key mistakes new jiu-jitsu beginners students. Is that they lie flat on their backs when they end up in someone’s side control, knee on belly or mount. They remain stiff as a board and allow the opponent to work his or her game.

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Every time your back hits the mat and you can’t obtain some type of guard, immediately turn on your side and face your BJJ opponent. This keeps your opponent from blanketing you and establishing a strong base to hold you down.

It also increases the odds of you getting an under or over-hook in the ensuing grip fight. Most importantly, it allows you to keep space between you and your grappling mate. From there you can work on inserting a knee, bridging or shrimping out of danger.

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In conclusion, As a BJJ beginners think of yourself as a roly-poly. So, as soon as you are on your back and can’t recover guard, you are in danger. Roll up like a ball and get on your side. Fight for the under or over-hook. Because once your opponent nails you down, it’s hard to pull those ‘nails’ out.

Jiu-jitsu positions for beginners: The Leg Locks

Traditionally, leg locks are not a major focus in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and I dare say, much of Submission Wrestling.

Also, in many BJJ academies, White Belts are not taught and even told not to use foot locks.

However, it is a legitimate form of submitting people. Yet, since it is not focused on by a lot of grappling academies, when it happens, it can catch you totally by surprise. Therefore, you have to be ready.

First, simply being aware is the first defense. A lot of guys will take advantage of the fact that others never train to defend foot locks.

During my whole time of training no-gi (four years) I never trained foot locks and when I transferred to my first gi school a brand new White belt popped one on me during a roll.

Before he sunk it in for the tap I totally dominated him and tapped him two times in our five-minute roll. Yet, he found my Achilles heel. 

Four years of training and I was tapped by a three-month White Belt with a basic foot lock. I realized that the tendency to think foot locks were cheap among BJJ players left me with a huge hole in my game.

It was a great lesson though because I realized that I had to stop allowing my feet to be in the open and place them on the body of my opponents so they couldn’t quickly grab them for a tap.

Also, it made me focus on my own foot lock game, which I picked up quickly and made a part of my arsenal. Finally, learning the defenses to foot locks helped me be ready to defend when they occur.


As a jiu-jitsu beginners students. Be aware that you can be foot-locked. therefore, learn the basic foot lock defense. And learn how to apply them even if you don’t use them. As a result, if you know them it will help you avoid them simply by knowing the technique.