The martial art of Brazilian jiu jitsu is becoming well known as a dynamic and effective discipline. It is a grappling art much like judo or wrestling but its focus is on submissions rather than take downs or throws. Applying these techniques can be much more challenging than simply emulating what can easily be observed. Here are some details you can apply during rolling sessions or competition that can improve the success of your execution.
1) Proper Position
The common methodology in Brazilian Jitsu is position and then submission. This is not just important when in the basic control positions such as the guard, side position or the mount but it is also important in more aggressive positions. When you have your opponent positioned in an arm bar for example, there is a transition time before you have coaxed a tap from your opponent and when your opponent is simply in danger. One thing to remember when in this type of situation is to always stay tight to your opponent and squeeze your knees together. This action will help hold your opponent in place while you finish the submission.
2) Correct Grip
It is easy to overlook correct grip when studying Brazilian jiu Jitsu. If you are training with a gi make sure you are using the proper handles to hold position and finish submissions. If you are training without a gi or no-gi be sure you are controlling your opponents’ limbs properly at the head, neck, wrists or body.
3) Change the Angle
When attempting to pass the guard or attacking look for unique angles of attack. When movements are taught in the academy they are often demonstrated from a single angle. This is often to make them easy to teach. When rolling or practicing on your own try to attack from different angles. The worst thing that can happen is it doesn’t work and the best thing that can happen is that you have a new move to add to your game.
4) Surprise Your Opponent
There is a saying I learned from my very first martial arts instructor. Everything works once. Improvise new ways of attacking your opponent or passing their guard. You may stumble upon a useful strategy. Another way you can surprise your opponent is to change up your pace. Deliberately change your pace, spend a few moments being completely passive and then be explosive when the opportunity presents itself. Being very passive momentarily can sometimes cause your opponent to relax for a moment.