Fundamental Jiu-Jitsu


In the Fundamentals Class, we cover basic Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) techniques and the fundamental movements of Jiu-Jitsu, including self-defense strategy and maneuvers. Students will learn how to fall, stand up, engage opponents, escape holds, apply basic take-downs, and apply basic submissions. The elemental movements you master here will prepare you for all subsequent levels.

Basic Jiu-Jitsu positions:

  • Guard – any time your legs are between you and your opponent, allowing use of the strongest muscles in your body (those in your hips and legs) to defend and control.
  • Mount – when one person lying down with another on top above their hips.  Legs are uninvolved, making this a very dangerous or powerful position depending if you are on bottom or top, respectively.
  • Side-Control – when one is controlled from the side with no involvement from the legs of the bottom person.
  • Back – basically a human “backpack”.  Control from behind, one of the most powerful positions in Jiu-Jitsu.

Basic Jiu-Jitsu submissions:

(any other submissions are taught and allowed only at higher belt levels.)

  • Chokes – Proper Jiu-Jitsu chokes are applied to the carotid arteries, not the trachea or windpipe.  The result is a gentler choke that does not hurt when applied.
  • Arm bars – an attack on the elbow joint.
  • Shoulder locks – an attack on the shoulder joint.
  • Basic foot locks – an attack to the ankle/foot.
Our Classes are done in a very controlled environment, where safety always comes first.  Instructors make sure that care is taken in every movement taught, and the importance of student safety is of the utmost.