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In my first and second blog (link at the bottom of the page) I explained the dos and don’ts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you are looking to get into BJJ and want a few tips on the etiquette and mindset that you should have when entering an academy, that is the blog that will help you the most. As for this blog, I will be focusing more on the techniques and skills that a white belt should acquire before he/ she gets their blue belt.

While most blogs I have read tend to differ slightly from each other on what a white belt should and shouldn’t learn, they all explain that the best thing that you could do for your BJJ when you first start is to get really good at the basics. Because without them, all you have is fancy moves that you will rarely get to use when you go with people of your own skill level. I have made my own list of techniques and skills that I think are the most important to know, these moves have come from my own personal experience and from talking/ training with the higher level belts at Supremacy BJJ.

Remembering to Breath/ Relax While You’re Training- I cannot tell you enough how many people come in and start training and forget to breath during the roll, or they tense up and use all of their strength at once. I get that BJJ is a new thing that you aren’t familiar with, you don’t know how positions can flow without much strength and learning how to stay calm and breath while someone is trying to choke you out is all new to you. That’s why it is so important to learn early on!

Hip Escaping and Bridging- Learning how to use these moves the right way can not only help you get better at escaping bad positions, but they can also show you how to utilize hip movement from every position. Using these two moves together will be very useful in escaping basic positions like Side Control and Mount.

Learning About the Basic Positions in BJJI know it may seem fun to use fancy technical moves that the higher belts always use like the Berimbolo and De la Riva, but when you’re first starting out it is much more effective for you to just stick to the basics and get really really good at them so that when you become a higher level belt you are well versed in the basic as well as the technical positions. These basic positions include: Full Guard, Half Guard, Side Control, Mount, and Back Control. Learning how to use and maintain these positions will then provide you with the framework to learn other positions.

Breaking Grips and Keeping Your Posture- This is a skill that everybody should get good at, there are so many people that I see ask questions as to why they are getting swept or submitted so easily and answer 75% of the time is that they didn’t break and important grip that the other person had or they weren’t correctly postured. These techniques will help you SO much because they are basically the defense to all the major basic sweeps and submissions like the Scissor Sweep or the Triangle Choke.

Learning Basic Sweeps and Submissions- Once you learn about the basic positions, you will start to learn about the basic sweeps, submissions, and guard passes that really do work and are strong techniques once you understand the mechanics of them (and the cool part is that somehow they all work together and can be interchangeable if one isn’t working). These sweeps, submissions, and guard passes will include: Scissor Sweep, Hip Bump Sweep, Triangle Choke, Armbar from Guard and Mount, Omoplata, Americana and Kimura, Bull Pass, Double Under Pass, and the Leg Drag. These are the positions that I see higher belts pulling off the most because they practiced them and got really good at them and understand the mechanics of how and when to do them and what positions to transition to if one isn’t working.

Learning Basic Take Downs and Throws- If you plan on competing at any time during your white belt career, you will need to know how to take someone down. Even in a street fight, you will still need to know how because they will almost always start standing. Some of the take downs that I found were extremely strong that worked and were easy to learn (and teach) were: Double and Single Leg Take Down, Osoto Gari (Large Outer Reap), and O Goshi (Hip Toss Throw). I teach and learn about these pretty often because they are such strong take downs and throws that work well if you practice them and commit to them when you are executing them during class or competition.

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