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.