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    Highlander Guest

    BJJ - Techniques

    How many techniques are in each belt level for BJJ and how many techniques are there total? Also, if you could only learn 5 techniques, which ones would they be?

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    GinSueDog Guest
    If I could only learn five techniques, they would be two sweeps, two guard passes, and maybe one submission most likely a armbar from the guard. In a street fight, although it is nice to have more then a few submissions, you don't really need to know a lot of submissions if you can control your opponent on the ground and maintain superior positioning. That way your strikes will be more effective, and your opponent's ability to respond will be limited. I don't know how many total techniques there are in BJJ, but to be a blue belt you have to have a strong grasps of the basics. It again depends on the instructor as some schools promote faster to blue belt then others, in any case it normally takes years to becomes a brown or black belt. I believe the current average is eight years and up. Dan Inosanto was able to do it in only six years because he was training privates five days a week, twice a day for six years.-ED

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    Highlander Guest
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> to be a blue belt you have to have a strong grasps of the basics. [/quote]

    What are considered the basics? Are you taking about basic techniques, or being able to apply basic principles.

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    Watchman Guest
    We should figure out how to direct Knifefighter's attention to this board, as he's one of the best roaming members of KFO for technical questions about BJJ.

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    Highlander Guest
    Watchman ...... Man that was cold. If knifefighter wants to reply that's fine, but personally I find GinSueDog's replies clear, informative, and objective. What more could I ask for? :)

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    Watchman Guest
    Sorry man! I didn't mean for it to any slight to GSD at all.

    I've just got Knifefighter on the brain because he's usually been the first to answer me when I've asked questions.

    Yes, GSD always has great answers.

    You have my apologies GinSueDog.

    Sunt hic etiam sua praemia laveli
    "Here too virtue has its due reward."

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    GinSueDog Guest
    It really depends on the instructor and what he thinks is the basics. I heard that the Gracie Torrance Academy will give you your blue belt in about six months but it takes years to go the next level up to purple there, while at other schools it may take year to a year and a half to become a blue belt. Some schools will promote you if they feel you can handle any of the new whitebelts without any problems but as I said it depends on the school. Here is something I got from Roy Harris' website.

    The student will first learn the basic movements of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The basic movements of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are those which are used most often. These basics set up an immovable foundation upon which you can build a masterpiece of graceful and methodical movement. Each section builds upon the one previous to it. I have listed four (4) basic sections below and have given you a brief description of each:
    Body positioning
    Positional escapes
    Positional dominance

    Body positioning will set up the foundation of all you do in Jiu Jitsu. How and where you place your body in relation to your opponent determines who establishes control first. Body positioning also determines the amount of energy you expend trying to escape and the overall effectiveness of it.

    Positional escapes will give you the confidence to handle yourself in the inferior positions. So many people find themselves in an inferior position and waste too much of their energy trying to force an escape. If they had taken the time to train their escapes to the point of reflex, then the amount of energy they would have to expend to escape would be minimal. Master the escapes and you will rid yourself of a lot of undue stress. Remember, if you can't escape the mounted position and pass the guard, then there's no sense in learning how to positionally dominate someone and take their arm or neck...... because you'll never be in a position to do it.

    Positional dominance will give you the ability to effectively dominate and control someone from a superior position. There are times when you need to dominate and control a person for a lengthy period of time because they are much larger and stronger than you are. Especially if they have 75 to 100 pounds of muscle on you. Once you develop the ability to dominate and control someone from a superior position, you are now ready to master the art of submission.

    Submissions are those little choke holds, strangulations, and joint manipulations that hurt like the dickens. You know, the ones that force everyone to tap the mat. The ones that feel so good when you make someone else tap... and the same ones that hurt like heck when you find yourself tapping the mat! In order to use the minimal amount of force required to make someone tap, you must master the mechanics of each one. Once you develop a specific level of proficiency with the above sections, you will then move on to developing intermediate skills such as the use of combinations and strategy.

    You may want to direct a post to either Knifefighter or Merryprankster as both have a great deal of experience with BJJ. Plus Kniferfighter is a student at the Gracie Academy.-ED

    "The grappling arts imply most fights end up on the ground...take them there. The striking arts imply all fights start standing up...keep them there. The mixed martial arts imply any fight can go ready and able to go everywhere."-a mix martial artist

    [This message was edited by GinSueDog on 05-15-01 at 03:30 PM.]

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    GinSueDog Guest
    No offense taken whatsoever, and I do agree Knifefighter maybe a better person to ask as he has both a great deal of experience in BJJ, I think six years and is a Gracie Academy student.-ED

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    Watchman Guest
    GSD, now that I've pulled my foot out of my mouth, could you give some examples of what you mean by "positional dominance"?

    Position comes before submission, correct? In what manner do you go about establishing positional dominance (I'm talking about "streetfighting" application, of course)? Also, what does the opponent do to gove up the position (basically, what common mistakes do people make that get them to the point of no return)?

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    Black Jack Guest
    I am not a BJJ guy but does anyone mind if old black jack jumps in as it seems all the good topics are starting to get thrown down here.

    I call this forum the Zombie Squad.


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    Watchman Guest
    LOL @ Zombie Squad.

    Join the party Black Jack.

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    Mr. Nemo Guest
    "I am not a BJJ guy but does anyone mind if old black jack jumps in as it seems all the good topics are starting to get thrown down here."

    Actually, Blackjack, you can't post here without an introduction. We have to beat you in, and you gotta wear a blue bandanna on your head while you're posting here.

    As for the thread topic, this question is inspired by the BJJ/GJJ thread. How does sport JJ training differ from the street JJ training, and which do you find where?

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    Black Jack Guest
    I would think to believe the difference should be easy to compare due to the rules and regulations involved in a tournament.

    In jui-jitsu and other grappling arts you want to be in a position to control whats happening but I wonder if a lot of sport BJJ/GJJ guys understand the difference between the two worlds of sport and street.

    You have to first stop a standing up attacker before you can take him down, control his movement, put him in a bad position and then finish him with a submission hold or choke.

    I would think that BJJ students might try to force the ground aspect of there game before trying to end the fight standing up due to there training enviroment.


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    GinSueDog Guest
    Well after you have gained a superior position, you have to be able to maintain it somehow, that is what "Positional Dominance" is all about. A great and simple example is the mount, a simple position that gives you open acess to strikes and submissions against your opponent. It is also one of the positions that is hard to maintain against another submission fighter. Things such as not allowing your opponent to use his elbows or hands to drive your knee back for sweeps, or being able to spread your weight and balance over your opponent and take his space are things that can help you maintain your superior position. A good black belt or brown belt or purple belt can make themselves feel so much more heavy then they actually are. I am still rather new to BJJ and still have a hard time maintaining my dominance after I pass there guard and mount them. I think it shows an individual's skills when they are able to maintain there positional dominance against a much larger opponent, not an easy thing to do. There is a purple belt where I train that is about 5'5" and maybe 140lbs, I have seen him totally control and dominant 200lb blue belts without any problems. As for BJJ on the street, I don't think "Positional Dominance" is as important as when rolling with someone that has a submission background. Streetfights are basically quick events, I think really the two most important factors would be what Roy called "Body Positioning" and "Positional Escapes" on his website. You can always use the old ground and pound technique once you have the superior position after all, submission isn't as important. If you are mounted or your opponent has your back in a street fight, you are going to get hurt if they even have half a clue on what to do, there is no way around that, and if you can't sweep them and gain a better position, then it is over. Hope that helps.-ED

    "The grappling arts imply most fights end up on the ground...take them there. The striking arts imply all fights start standing up...keep them there. The mixed martial arts imply any fight can go ready and able to go everywhere."-a mix martial artist

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    Merryprankster Guest

    Tough questions...


    You actually asked a doozy of a question in your original post...

    As far as how many techniques there are, I couldn't tell you. New stuff keeps getting invented... variations on a theme keep popping up.

    Position before submission, as GinSueDog noted, is almost a mantra. The reason being not only that positional dominance helps you control a situation, but also because trying to go for a submission before you establish control can lead to you being in a WORSE position than you started.

    Belt levels are largely granted at the discretion of the instructor, and they frequently have more to do with how you perform than how many techniques you can demonstrate properly. There are only five belt levels:


    It takes awhile to earn these ranks. I have known people who have been blue belts for four years, because their instructor feels they aren't ready for purple.

    Top 5 basic techniques for self defense... I would master one sweep, two mount escapes, one guard pass, and one submission from the guard. If you can escape mount, you can get out of a disadvantageous position, and place yourself in a much better spot. If you can sweep, you can stand back up or gain positional dominance. I'm looking more at harm reduction... if it's in grappling range, you are going to take a few shots, so it's best to be able to minimize the damage by learning ways out of the mount, IMO.

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