Set your jiu-jitsu position

Set your jiu-jitsu position

The right jiu-jitsu position is being in the right place, in the right way, and at the right time. It’s easier said than done, but if you know where you want to be while passing a jiu-jitsu practitioner’s guard. Getting there be one of your main goals.

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The BJJ technique is a sequence of positions

Every jiu-jitsu technique has what I call ‘the first step’. When we learn a Brazilian jiu-jitsu technique (like any other martial art) the BJJ instructor breaks it down into many steps. Starting from a certain jiu-jitsu position referred to as the ‘first step’.

This first step starts the sequence of jiu-jitsu moves necessary to properly complete the technique.

For example, it can take us to a single technique, like the Toreado Pass, or to a sequence of technical combinations like combining an armbar with a choke from the mount BJJ position or the side-control. After the first step obviously comes the second.

But, effectively progressing to the second step demands that you properly execute the first.

This sounds extremely simple and redundant. But experience has convinced me that many people want to finish the sequence without properly performing the first step. 

source: Charlie From The Plaza

How your first jiu-jitsu position starts?

Once you know exactly where and how your first jiu-jitsu position (first step) starts. All that remains is to pursue the proper BJJ position to launch your solo attack or sequence of attacks.

If you do not continue pursuing the proper starting point for your jiu-jitsu techniques. You cannot effectively start to attack or defend against your BJJ opponent.

This is only one of the many examples of how important position is in BJJ. When you are passing your opponent’s guard. You should always position yourself in a way that optimizes your balance since you are applying a certain amount of pressure with your weight.

Also, you have to look for the proper angle in order to maximize your weight in continually seeking to fatigue your opponent.

Jiu-jitsu position case study

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Let’s study this BJJ position “you’re in a position in the open guard of a BJJ opponent”. What the necessary steps to proceed? Your right shin is must be behind the knee for a couple of reasons:

  • to apply pressure on his leg (which wears my opponent out and helps me to flatten his hips).
  • it breaks the angle of specific guards like De la Riva, Butterfly, and others.

Your other leg is slightly behind, providing your front leg with more leverage. Your elbows are positioned between his legs where they are safe from omoplata (and other BJJ attacks).

And your hips are placed close to his hips. For eliminating the space your opponent needs to set up his open guard.

Jiu-jitsu position bit of detail

A bit of detail of any jiu-jitsu position must be established before proceeding. This is the first step in a sequence of attacks to pass a jiu-jitsu opponent’s guard.

Finding the right BJJ position is crucial when it comes to passing your jiu-jitsu opponent’s guard. And this also applies to every other jiu-jitsu position you will face while you learn the jiu-jitsu basics or rolling with you BJJ teammate members.

It is important to have good reasons for choosing a particular jiu-jitsu position at any stage in a BJJ fight at your BJJ academy or a jiu-jitsu competition. But the position is not everything, you must also the BJJ balance, the BJJ posture, etc.