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The 90 Essential BJJ Techniques

Although this is not meant to be a comprehensive BJJ technique guide, this article is to serve as a quick resource of beginner BJJ techniques 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 Beginner Techniques Chapter 1: Guard Passing

Closed guard.

High – Stand up, knee push, back pocket

opening the closed guard for BJJ

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Med – Knee in tail bone, hip break

Proper positioning for opening the closed guard in BJJ

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Low – sao paulo

Passing the Closed Guard in BJJ

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Half guard.

With underhook – head down, knee slide

Passing the Guard in BJJ

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Without underhook – cross body, knee push

Passing Half Guard in BJJ

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Butterfly Guard

Toreador – cuff grip

Passing Butterfly Guard in BJJ

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Cage hips, 2 on 1

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Open Guard

Matador

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Ankle lock

Open Guard in BJJ

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Double Under

Double Under Guard Pass in BJJ

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Essential BJJ Beginner Techniques Chapter 2: Closed Guard Submissions

Kimura

Closed Guard Kimura in BJJ

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Triangle

Triangle Choke in BJJ

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Armbar

Armbar from Guard in BJJ

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Omoplata

Omoplata in BJJ

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X Choke

Cross Collar Choke from Guard in BJJ

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Guillotine

Arm In Guillotine in BJJ

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Essential BJJ Beginner Techniques Chapter 3: Closed Guard Sweeps

Bump

Hip Bump Sweep in BJJ

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Scissor

Setting up the Scissor Sweep in BJJ

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Reverse Scissor

The Reverse Scissor Sweep in BJJ

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Armpit / Knee Flower

The Flower Sweep In BJJ

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Flower Sweep

The Flower Sweep in BJJ with the Armbar

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Back take

The Back Take from Closed Guard in BJJ

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Omoplata Sweep

The Omoplata Sweep in BJJ

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Double ankle sweep

The Lumber Jack sweep in BJJ

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Single ankle sweep

The hand stand sweep in BJJ

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Essential BJJ Beginner Techniques Chapter 4: Side control

Advancements

Move to knee on belly

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Move to mount

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Submissions

180 armbar

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Near side armbar

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Americana

The Americana shoulder lock in BJJ

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Kimura

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Straight armbar

The Figure 4 straight armbar in BJJ

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Scarf hold Americana with legs

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Chapter 5: Half Guard

Half Guard Top Submissions

Americana

The Americana from top Half Guard in BJJ

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Kimura

The Kimura from Top Half Guard in BJJ

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Straight arm bar

The Figure 4 Straight Armbar from Top Half Guard in BJJ

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Half Guard bottom sweeps

Old school sweep

Old School Sweep from Half Guard in BJJ

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Reverse Old school sweep

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Back take

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Leg hug gator roll

Reverse Old School Sweep from Half Guard in BJJ

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Half Guard Bottom Submissions

Kimura

Kimura from Half Guard in BJJ

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Guillotine

Guillotine Choke from Half Guard in BJJ

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Chapter 6: Knee on Belly

Knee on Belly Submissions

Loop choke

Lapel Choke from Knee Mount in BJJ

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Baseball choke

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180 armbar

180 Armbar from Knee Mount in BJJ

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Near side armbar

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Knee on Belly Advancements

Move to mount

Maintaining the Mount position in BJJ

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Chapter 7: Back Control

Seat belt

Maintaining the Back position in BJJ

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RNC

The Rear Naked Choke in BJJ

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Bow and arrow

The Bow And Arrow Choke in BJJ

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Armbar

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Chapter 8: Turtle attacks

Seat belt

Controlling the Top Turtle position in BJJ

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Crucifix

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Clock choke

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Modified bow and arrow

The modified Bow And Arrow Choke in BJJ

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Chapter 9: Butterfly Guard

Sweeps/improvement

Elevator/ butterfly sweep

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Arm drag

The Arm Drag from Butterfly Guard in BJJ

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Rock up when flat

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Butterfly Guard Submissions

Guillotine w. Sweep

The Butterfly Guard Sweep in BJJ

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Chapter 10: Positional Escapes

Side control

Hip escape to Re-Guard

Defending the Guard Pass in BJJ

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Bridge to Single Leg

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Scarf hold

Bridge and roll

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Back take

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Mount Escape

Arm / leg trap

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Bridge , hold, and shrimp

Bridge Escape into Butterfly Guard from bottom Mount in BJJ

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Back Escape

Straight arm

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Hook removal

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Knee on Belly Escape

Force half guard

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Belt grab to ankle pick

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Turtle Escape

Arm trap “Anthony” sweep

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Straight leg sweep

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Chapter 11: Submission Defense

Armbar from guard

Stack and bulldog

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Armbar From Mount Escape

Hitchhiker

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Head inside

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Triangle Escape

Stack, rechoke, and rotate

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Posture and pull

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Kimura Escape

Defend hand and pass to back

Winning the back position in BJJ

Omoplata Escape

Jump across

Completing the Omoplata escape in BJJ

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Dive under

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Collar Choke Escape

Grip break

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Rechoke

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Americana Escape

Elbow pull

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Elbow push

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Ankle Lock Escape

Put on the boot

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Chapter 12: Take Downs

Wrestling

Single leg

The Single Leg Takedown for BJJ

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Double leg

The Double Leg Takedown for BJJ

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Judo

Osoto Gari (1)

Osoto Gari throw for BJJ

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Uchi Mata (2)

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Kosoto gari (3)

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Drop Seo Nagi

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O goshi

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