Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Overview

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Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Introduction

I developed this program for non-BJJ martial artist. I believe Jiu Jitsu has a lot to offer anyone who wants to add effective skills which are not based on strikes or kicks.

This program educates you in the fundamentals (basics) of Jiu Jitsu. The scope of this video material will be directed toward the most common Jiu Jitsu skills.  These techniques focus on the street/self-defense environment. Some instructors might refer to this as “Combatives”.

Course Layout

The layout of this material is sequenced so you can learn these skills in conjunction with another martial arts program. I used this format with my karate classes. I found my students developed a greater appreciation and respect for Jiu Jitsu as a skill. Note: This material can stand on it’s own and is the equivalent of a Blue Belt in most BJJ programs.

The single most important training element is your consistency. You solely determine the pace at which you develop. I’m providing you the knowledge to add jiu jitsu to your martial arts skills.

The layout I am sharing is tried and proven! This layout is not meant to default any other training or experience you may have. Initially, I don’t recommend supplementing this training with other Jiu Jitsu styles. Focus on these jiu jitsu fundamentals first. Once you have a solid grasp on these fundamentals then you add to the material. The most overlooked addition are the “transitions” moving from one advantages position to another. Adding and adapting to your skill is your growth as a martial artist. This recommendation eliminates potential confusion as to “application of technique”. Allows you to develop the experience to judge proper vs improper use.  Techniques that are either above your skill level or really aren’t effective in a street altercation.

There is a wealth of information available especially via the internet. Our caution is not to confuse Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves meant for “sport” versus those meant for combative tactics of self-defense. Not everybody on the internet knows what they are doing. Nor do they define at what level of experience the material is intended to be instructed much less applied!

To be clear the fundamentals I am presenting here are directed at finishing a fight quickly. Not how to score points in competition.

Learning Technique and Pressure

There is no “silver bullet” in Jiu Jitsu, stand-up or on the ground. Effectiveness is determined by proper technique and leverage. Technique and leverage vary with body type, weight and position. Strength in Jiu Jitsu is determined more by muscular endurance than muscle size. Your use of the skills in this training program will be developed almost expressly by your “doing” and “feeling”.  Jiu Jitsu is a skill you can only develop by practicing over and over until your smooth at it. Practicing and applying Jiu Jitsu technique correctly, directly correlates to injury. This can be good and bad. Bad for the bad guy when done correctly, bad for you and or your training partner when done incorrectly in training.

Proper Jiu Jitsu skill is developed in levels of partner pressure:

L1 – minimal pressure

L2 – skilled pressure

L3 – assisted partner

L4 –assured resistance

You determine when each move is ready for what level of resistance. Don’t be in a hurry to prove your skill level, skill happens as you train. Correct levels of pressure will help provide you with a safe training environment. Learning to apply correct levels of pressure when,  brings out the best in your jiu jitsu skill. Your goal is for this training to work for you when you need it!


Leverage and Position

The fundamental principles underlying leverage and physical position are what ensures that someone smaller or not as strong will be able to handle someone who is bigger and/or stronger. YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO DO JIU JITSU PROPERLY FOR IT TO WORK. This brings us to repeat repetition training. Repetition makes you smooth, smooth assists effective application.

Thanks for being here…now let’s get started on adding Jiu Jitsu to your martial arts skills!

The following outline gives you the learning sequence:


Introduction to Jiu Jitsu –

Beginner Level 1: Yellow

Beginner Level 2: Orange

Intermediate Level 1: Purple

Intermediate Level 2: Blue

Intermediate Level 3: Green

Intermediate Level 4: Red

As a reminder the layout of this material follows the general timeline for advancement in most non-BJJ programs. If you train on a consistent schedule it should take you 6 months to learn and integrate each level. If you stay within the timeline this material provides you 3.5 years of jiu jitsu fundamentals.



Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Example Videos.

Beginner/Introductory Videos

Introduction to Positions

How to Shrimp

Beginner Level 1: Yellow

Guard Control

Beginner Level 2: Orange

Trap and Roll – Head Control

Intermediate Level 1: Purple

Punch Block Series – Defend with Knee Shield

Intermediate Level 2: Blue

Headlock Takedown to Scarf

Intermediate Level 3: Green

Butterfly Sweep

Intermediate Level 4: Red

Hazel Counters – Forearm on Throat