Learn Basic Jiu-jitsu Moves

Learn Basic Jiu-jitsu Moves to Dominate Your Competition

If you are a beginner just learning the Martial Arts self-defense of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there are some basic categories of Jiu-Jitsu moves that one can quickly read about that will help them understand the martial art better.


There are four main positions of Jiu-Jitsu where most of the moves will take place.

  • Guard: This sitting down position entails one opponent straddling the other with their legs around the body and is considered a neutral position where one opponent has just as much advantage as the other opponent.
  • Side Control: This position involves an opponent pinning down the other perpendicular along their body, chest, or waistline, and which the person that is perpendicular on top is in the more advantageous position.
  • Mount: In this position one person is sitting completely on top with their opponent facing upward on their back.  This is an even more advantageous position than the side control for the person mounting.
  • Back control: This position has one person holding onto their opponent’s back, with the opponent facing away from the person holding onto the back.  This is most advantageous position to be in if you have back control.


Following is a list of Jiu-jitsu moves:

1. Chokes: These Jiu Jitsu moves are considered a “submission move” because the maneuver will often result in your opponent being submitted or defeated.  Chokes encompass mostly blood chokes rather than an air way choke.  The blood choke involves the discontinuation of blood to the brain by stopping the blood flow through the carotid arteries or the jugular veins, which can be applied with little strength and result the opponent into a state of unconsciousness within a matter of seconds if it is well applied.  The choke is usually applied with the arms but there are also some very effective moves that use the legs to stop the blood flow.  Some different chokes may include, the rear naked choke, the triangle choke, or the guillotine choke.

2. Sweeps/throws: These Jiu Jitsu moves are used to “sweep” your opponent or unbalance your opponent off from the ground or into a position that is less advantageous.  Some different sweeps include the scissor sweep, flower sweep, and hip-bump sweep.

3. Joint Locks: Like chokes, joint locks are also considered a submission move. A joint lock move entails the manipulation of a person’s joint in a manner that debilitates or demobilizes the opponent from any further movement.  Many of these joint locks can even result in bone dislocations or serious bodily harm if applied with enough force and should be carefully practiced under a supervisor’s control.  Some different joint locks are the americana, arm bar, or the kamora.

4. Escapes/passes: These Jiu-Jitsu moves are used to reposition oneself into a more advantageous position than they were in before.  Some escapes include the “shrimping” movement, rolling your opponent, or techniques that involve passing your opponents defense.

5. Take-downs: Take-downs are a Jiu Jitsu move that is much like a sweep or throw in which you take your opponent down to the ground.  The difference between a take-down versus a sweep is that where a sweep is used to unbalance your opponent usually with the legs and can be done on the ground, a take-down is performed while both opponents are standing and result with the person that has “taken down” their opponent into a more advantageous position.  Some take downs include the single leg take down or the double legged take down.

Originally posted 2016-11-26 20:20:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter