Basic Side Control Escape & Drills

For beginners in Jiu Jitsu being on your back while being attacked is very common in the early stages of your BJJ training. This side control fundamentals video will help you develop the basic moves and tools needed to escape from the bottom and put yourself into a better position to attack your opponent .

  • Shrimp Drill

  • Escape with cross up

  • Flow Drill - Cross Up - Back and Forth

Judo for Jiu Jitsu Gripping Strategies and Uchikomi Drills

Here at Nova Gyms we believe it’s important to prepare our BJJ students to be proficient on their feet as well as on the ground. Nova Gyms would like to share with you a couple of Uchikomi (step-in) drills and grip breaking strategies that you may like to incorporate into your training.

Grip Breaking Strategies 

The Y grip break. This is a basic strategy that can be effective at removing a strong grip on the sleeve. In this video we are using the strategy to remove a lapel grip. However, the Y grip break is much more effective at removing a sleeve grip rather than a lapel grip. It is a perfect strategy to use against a BJJ practitioner because of the way he/she grabs/grips the very end of the Gi sleeve. Removing a Judoka’s grip at the elbow and/or lapel with the Y strategy is not the best option. 

The Elbow Swim grip break. This strategy is a far superior to the Y grip break when dealing with a strong lapel grip. Warning: This grip break can cause injury to your opponent’s wrist and/or fingers if he/she continues to hold on to the lapel. It is important not to injure your training partner(s). It is advised that you let your trainer partner know to let go of the grip when your practicing this grip break.

Uchikomi (Judo Step in)

The Hamburger Drill. This drill will give your students a different way to practice their throwing technique and positioning, as they go from one training partner to the next.  You will need three people to do this drill. Each of the three students will rotate throughout the drill. In addition to working on Judo techniques student will also be improving their cardio and stamina.

Power Uchikomi drill. This drill allows students to use all of their explosive energy without completed the throw each time. During this drill students will recognize/feel improper kuzushi, improper foot placement etc. This drill is very dynamic. It provides students a great way to work on the first two parts of a Judo throw Kuzushi (off balancing) & Tsukuri (entry) without the Kake (throw). This drill can be used to practice many types of throws. The way that it was demonstrated in the video, was for a forward throw.

Judo for Jiu Jitsu Takedown & Turnover

Here at Nova Gyms we believe it’s important to prepare our BJJ students to be proficient on their feet as well as on the ground. Nova Gyms would like to share with you two techniques that you may like to incorporate into your game. The first technique is called Te Guruma which translates to Hand Wheel. The second technique is Sankaku Jime which translates to Triangle Strangle from the turtle position.

Te Guruma:

Te Guruma is a technique that can be used offensively or defensively. We will be sharing one defensive variation for you. The objective of this variation is to stop your opponent from throwing you using a hip style technique (Koshi Waza). Basic breakdown of the technique: You must anticipate the opponents attack, as he/she is turning into you you must drop your hips below your opponents, reaching deep through his/her legs, controlling the inner thigh, as you begin to lift you have to push his/her hips forward with your hips as you began to lift. Hold he/she tight to your body as you lift straight-up. Once both feet are off the ground pull down with your lapel grip causing he/she to turn onto their back as he/she is thrown to the mat.

Sankaku Jime with a Keylock submission:

The objective of this turtle turnover is to defend a single leg attack and get your opponent off his/her base and regain a dominant position and look for a submission. Basic breakdown of technique: Typically an opponent will turn to his/her knees to avoid certain situations and grab for a single leg to regain control. When this happens, use your free leg to hook in behind his/her armpit and bring your heel to your opposite knee creating a triangle. With one hand grabbing the belt and the other controlling the elbow of the arm on the outside of the single leg. Sit to your hip opposite of the single leg side. When opponent is turned on his/her back secure the Key Lock and close the triangle. Once you have the position secured work on the submission i.e. Sankaku Jime (Triangle Choke), Gooseneck wrist-lock,  Ude Garami (Coil Arm lock/Kumura), or transition to the back.

Efficient Choke & Armbar From High Mounted Postion

Once a beginner gets to a mount position they will need to learn how to react to the opponents movement when they try to escape the mount.

In this video we will anticipate a possible trap and roll bridge (basic move - not trapping the feet here) and counter the movement with a lapel choke and a basic arm bar.

1) Bridge Drill - Warm Up.

2) Bridge To Side Mount - Lapel Choke #1.

3) Bridge To Side Mount - Opponent blocks the lapel, my counter attack is the armbar.

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Arm Bar Escape Basics

The first partner drill is focused on making sure we get our elbows to the mat prior to the arm bar attempt by the person attempting the arm bar. This drill will get the beginner used to getting their back the the mat and sucking in their elbow in tight on the arm that is being attacked.

The second drill focuses on the details of escaping the arm bar while you are being attacked and the attacker is stepping their legs over the head. The key here is that after we block the opponents attempt to put the leg in front of the head, we make sure we get our back on top of the leg of the leg of the person attacking the arm bar. Once we escape the arm bar we can turn into the guard and work to escape the guard rather than the mounted armbar we had been in previously.

BJJ Moves Your Child Can Do At Home.

It is not easy for anyone to walk into a martial arts school for the first time, especially a child. One way you can set up your child for a successful first trial is to what this video with them and practice the moves we show in this video at home before your child’s first day of class. Watching the video with provide your child with a idea of what to expect in our first class together as well as provide them with the opportunity to work on this before their first day at Nova.

So, here are four basic jiu jitsu exercises you can do at home with the kids today:

1) Shrimping Drill

2) Stand In Base Drill

3) Forward & Backwards Rolls

4) Combine Movements

Jiu Jitsu will build confidence if you child over time once they become more proficient with their practice however that end result does take time and consistently on the mat. Get in touch with us today are enrolling your child intro our Jiu Jitsu program at Nova Gyms Martial Arts & Fitness

Judo 101 - Drills & Techniques We Can Use In Jiu Jitsu.

In this martial arts video you'll see how to use judo principals and judo basics to combine into your bjj and mma training. Although we do not offer Judo full time we do offer a weekly 50/50 class for kids and adults that focuses on half judo basics and half jiu jitsu basics.

Techniques and Drills -

Ukemi Waza (Break Falling Drills)

For Jiu Jitsu Rolling Fall Drill Tai Sabaki (body movement drill using belts)

Kuzushi Drill (Off balance drill)

Uchi Komi Drill with Power Uchi Komi


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Attacking The Turtle Guard 101

If this series we teach the beginner how to attack the turtle position by threatening the back position which is the most dominate position in Brazilian jiu jitsu. If we cannot maintain the back position because our opponment attempts to escape we address what we need to do in this video.

1) Turtle Position Back Take - “Cowboy Stance / aka Horse Stance”. Once you have the seat belt grip (under-over) on your opponent who is turtled-up in a defensive position we will stand with both legs and chop our bottom hook as we take the back. This is also a great technique for mixed martial arts.

2) Back Loss To Mount - Once I have the opponents back I need to make sure that I stay of his back however if he/she escapes my back position I do not want to give up the top position, in other wards end up in my guard. If anything I need to stay on the mount position. This drill teaches us to stay on top if we lose the back.

3) Flow Back Loss To Mount - Here is a drill that we can do what will help the beginner learn how to move with their partner in this fundamentals flow drill.

Jiu Jitsu Back Control Drills #2

The back control is the most dominate position in jiu jitsu so this position is addressed immediately when we introduce beginners to BJJ. Not only does the back control carry the most points in BJJ tournaments but it is also where we prefer our practitioner end up (on someones back) if ever threatened in a self defense scenario. In practice, and in rolling it is very important that once we get to our opponents back we maintain control of their back until we get the submission, usually with a choke from behind.

It is possible that our opponent will escape or at least try to escape the back so it is also important to understand the important of maintaining a top position (like side control or mount) if we do lose the back control. In other words, we don’t want to end up on our back (on the ground) after we lose the control, we need to maintain the top position.

This video covers three drills and techniques which will introduce students to “the back” without having to worry about chokes too early in their journey, as well as develop good habits by maintaining a top position if they lose control of the back.

Leg Drill #1 (Warm Up): This first drill you will do in this practice is our “hook warm up” drill. In order to maintain our back position when the opponent tries to escape our “hooks” (aka the legs in jiu jitsu)

Drill this on the clock for 1, 2, for 3 minutes each and use multiple partners to get a feel for different body types.

Maintain Top Position W/ Back Escape Drill:

Opponent escapes from the Back, we keep control and make sure we stay on top (Side Control) when he tries to turn in and re-guard.

Back Escape Drill (No Chokes) -

Hold your position on the back while the opponent looks to escape the control, but with no submissions.

Jiu Jitsu Back Control Drills #1

It is important that we maintain the back position once we earn it (the most dominate position in jiu-jitsu) however a good jiu- jitsu player will always try to fight out of your back control so we always need to be ready to defend our position.

To start this series of moves we will begin with an over and under seat belt grip and both hooks in around our opponent.

Back Escape and Retention As Opponent Turtles:

Once our partner initiates the escape by passing over our hooks then we will follow them to their turtle guard while re-inserting our hooks and keeping control of the back.

Repeat this for drilling purposes,

No Choke Drill - hold the opponent on the back with no submissions:

This is a great way to begin back drills for beginners who are just learning the back position without worrying about getting choked. Instead the focus is 100% movement and taking the time to learn how to escape the back.