BJJ: It’s More Than Submissions

Larry Shealy // Uncategorized


May 8  

Position: Side Control

In BJJ AKA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it’s much more than just wrestling or scrambling for submissions.  There is a myriad of things that a BJJ trained person will need to have In addiction to their tool box full of submissions.

1.  First trait to have is a good, calm demeanor on the mat.  Ego, anger and frustration are not usually going to help you with Jiu-Jitsu.  A humble, calm and mythodical style will mean everything in your BJJ journey.

2.  A Simple Plan.  I use PCS as my ongoing mantra.

PCS: position/control/submission 

Position: gain a position. If you pass the guard to side control for instance… will want to maintain that position with use of your body weight, angles and hand positioning.  This is the control part.

Control: as mentioned you wil use leverahe, body weight, angles and hand positions to control someone you are training with. You will be chest to chest, with your legs out perpendicular to your training partner.

Submission: the submissions will occur as you learn to properly ‘work to keep the opponent under control’, he will make a mistake and open his neck, or move his arm to a poor position, and you will be able to submit your opponent with one of hundreds of submissions you will learn. There is a certain degree of trickery and guile involved, but you won’t get the subs without maintaining control of your opponent.

As mentioned, BJJ is MORE than Submissions. By positioning yourself properly, and maintaining a dominant position is crucial….and it makes THE SUBMISSIONS so much easier than not doing so.

PCS is a wonderful concept as you learn Jiu-Jitsu and work your way through, up, down and across the ‘Hierarchy of Positions’.

have fun and enjoy the journey!

About the Author

Training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 1994. 4th-Degree Rigan Machado Black Belt Instructor. Christian, Husband, Father, Grateful Small Business Owner.

Larry Shealy