The 90 Essential BJJ Techniques

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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.

Closed Guard.

High – Stand up, knee push, back pocket

opening the closed guard for BJJ

Med – Knee in tail bone, hip break

Proper positioning for opening the closed guard in BJJ

Low – sao paulo

Passing the Closed Guard in BJJ

Half Guard

With underhook – head down, knee slide

Passing the Guard in BJJ

Without underhook – cross body, knee push

Passing Half Guard in BJJ

Butterfly Guard

Toreador – cuff grip

Passing Butterfly Guard in BJJ

Cage hips, 2 on 1

Open Guard


Ankle lock

Open Guard in BJJ

Double Under

Double Under Guard Pass in BJJ

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.


Closed Guard Kimura in BJJ


Triangle Choke in BJJ


Armbar from Guard in BJJ


Omoplata in BJJ

X Choke

Cross Collar Choke from Guard in BJJ


Arm In Guillotine in BJJ

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.


Hip Bump Sweep in BJJ


Setting up the Scissor Sweep in BJJ

Reverse Scissor

The Reverse Scissor Sweep in BJJ
Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip is the Head Instructor for InFighting Training Centers located in Downtown Vancouver and Brentwood Burnaby. InFighting Training Centers offers programs in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bootcamp Conditioning Classes and Personal Training