Here are 90 essential BJJ techniques that you need to know. Although this is not meant to be a comprehensive all known BJJ attacks, escapes and defences, this article is to serve as a quick resource of beginner BJJ attacks and counters that you’ll need to know towards your path to Blue Belt.
Toughness. Effort. Technique. Discipline. These are the key attributes you’ll need when you’re training BJJ.
Essential BJJ Techniques Chapter 1: Guard Passing
The Guard position and learning how to fight off of your back is the cornerstone of BJJ. Attacking from the Guard and defending against sweeps and submissions while passing the Guard is the majority of BJJ.
High – Stand up, knee push, back pocket
Med – Knee in tail bone, hip break
Low – sao paulo
With underhook – head down, knee slide
Without underhook – cross body, knee push
Toreador – cuff grip
Cage hips, 2 on 1
Essential BJJ Techniques Chapter 2: Closed Guard Submissions
Retaining your Guard and attacking from your Guard is unquestionably the most important set of skills in BJJ. It should be noted that as critical a skill Guard Retention and Guard Attacks are, it’s simultaneously the most difficult skill to master in BJJ.
Let’s begin your introduction to Guard attacks with Closed Guard submissions.
Essential BJJ Techniques Chapter 3: Closed Guard Sweeps
Sweeping from the Closed Guard is typically the first set of attacks that you’ll master as an absolute beginner. Sweeping your partner is often much easier than winning a submission over them. Furthermore, the Closed Guard is notably an easier position to attack from because of the strong control you have over your partner; thus, slowing them down and eliminates scrambles.