Jiu-Jitsu for Beginners – How & Where to Start

BJJ is not easy to master. It may be easy to learn the technique in a class, but to truly grasp it all requires years of practice. But it is not just the art of it, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an exciting sport. If you want to become great at it, you need to know the absolute fundamentals. The fundamentals listed below will help you sharpen the first steps to applying great guards, submissions and escapes.


Don’t stay pinned down on your back

The classic warm-up session called “shrimping” gets us prepared for such situations, like being pinned down on our backs. A person could have applied a full mount, side control, or any other technnique. Whichever it is, if you are pinned down, it is at your disadvantage. Make sure you start wiggling out of those situations, bring your hips up and bump them to the side.

Shrimping can be applied to all bottom positions

Escape full mount

The full mount is one of the most used submissive techniques in jiu-jitsu and you must learn how to escape it, otherwise you are giving the opponent all lot of opportunities to submit you. To escape from it you will have to use the power of your hips. Shrimping or bridging, for example, can be used to escape the mount.

Below is a great bridging warm-up video by Ritchie Yip

Keep elbows close to your body

Elbows In! is the standard rule applied at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Why? You reduce the chances of being submitted, whilst also increasing your defense. Think about it – how can the person apply an armbar, when your elbow is tucked in? Even if you are trapped in a full mount, closed guard, or back take, whichever it is, do not isolate your elbows from your body.

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Learn to be Patient

One of the most frustrating things is the thought of when you will perfect all those techniques. As you begin your martial arts journey, there will be more submissions thrown at you than you throwing at them, and that is part of learning. To see it applied to you, and the knowlesge and experience you receive from learning how to apply it yourself and defend to it equally.


Train consistently

To become a master of a trait you have to continuously train and repeat the process. The more consistency there is the more perfection comes in your techniques. If you are inconsistent, you will not improve at the rate which you desire rather you will slow down.


By applying these simple rules at your training, you will soon learn to appreciate them!