BJJ Beginner’s Guide: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Defined – Part 2
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I always want to give my opponent my legs, and I want to stay away from his legs. Today, I’m going to give you an example of this concept.
Let’s say that my opponent is in mount. Here, my opponent is giving me his legs, and my legs are actually behind him. I can’t be offensive from here, it’s impossible. But my opponent can punch me, or attack me with with an arm bar. That’s brutal.
So when my opponent is in mount, I need to try to escape. When I’m down here, I need to try to keep my opponent’s hands on the ground because I don’t want him to attack me. To do this, I’m going to use a move called the bridge to get his hands on the ground. Then, I’m going to try and control his ankle. I will then slowly try to migrate up and wrap my legs around his waist.
Now, I’ve given my opponent my legs. This is what’s called the Guard. It’s kind of a goofy position. However, if we’re fighting from here, I can use my legs to control my opponent and to control the distance and perhaps sweep or submit them.
I always want to stay away from my opponent’s legs, and I always want to give him my legs.
That is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a single sentence.
𝔻𝕠 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖.