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Beginner BJJ Standing

Why would I end up here?

Everything starts from standing so we start with this. Basically you have about three options. Try to go for a submission right away, try to take your opponent down or try to pull guard.

Terms

  • Pulling Guard – The act of purposely sitting down to the ground with your opponent instead of doing a takedown where you are on top.
    • Why would we do this?
      • Sometimes people do not feel confident in their takedowns so they choose to pull their opponent down.
      • Another reason might be because they feel a “Guard” they have is their best offensive weapon.
  • Guard – This is a very complex word in BJJ, but basically it usually means that you are on your but with some form of leg entanglement on your opponents body.
    • What are some examples?
      • “Closed” Guard is where you have your butt on the mat and your legs are wrapped around your opponents waist.
      • “Half” Guard is where you have your butt on the mat and your legs are wrapped around your opponents one leg. Essentially on half of their lower body.
  • Sprawl – This is when you are trying to stop a takedown by bringing your legs backwards

Guillotine from Standing


Single Leg Takedown


Guard Pulls

(This should only be done if you don’t feel confident in your takedowns and you have a decent guard)