Fundamental BJJ Classes

Fundamentals classes at Borehamwood BJJ Club are designed to equip complete newcomers and those rising through the ranks with the chance to drill core movements, techniques and concepts that are fundamental to the main BJJ program.

Listed below is a broad list of concepts and techniques that we will cover, it is subject to change and alteration:

Basic movements
These are mainly practiced as part of our opening warm up drills:
Breakfalling / hip escaping aka shrimping / bridging / step overs / half granby / technical stand up / butt scooting / windshield wipers / guard retention

Survival on the ground
Protecting arms and neck against a grappler on the ground / removing grips / avoiding the crossface / trying to get your legs in the way / strong shape-weak shape / hair combing / framing (under side, under mount)

Basic control positions
Mount / side control / back control / north-south / knee on belly / guard

Submissions and attacking principles
Joint attacks / strangulation attacks / ‘position before submission’ concept / sweeps / combination attacks

The guard
Closed guard / breaking posture / defending and attacking from guard / angles of attack / submissions / open guards / half guards / passing the guard

While it is possible to submit someone when both of you are standing up, grapplers will seek to impose positional dominance by taking down their opponent. Takedowns, throws, arm drags and guard pulls.

Non-sporting Jiu jitsu 
BJJ was originally devised as a self defence method. We explore some of the key techniques where one can apply BJJ techniques against an aggressor who seeks to harm us using any method.
Distancing, clinchwork, shoots and takedowns against a puncher. Side control, guard and mount versus puncher. The best position against frantic thrashing: back control. Inappropriate techniques: eg they stand up when u triangle, when they are biting or eye poking, generally thrashing around. Some cheats: nose bar, fist to throat, knee on chest/neck face etc.

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