Periodically, we will post some technique videos we’ve posted/recorded in the past. These are techniques we do here at Kama Jiu-Jitsu | . While I don’t claim we are the only ones that do what we do, many of the techniques we do are unique to Kama Jiu-Jitsu | and other black belt academies under Master Rickson Gracie. While you may find one Rickson Gracie academy doing a particular technique a little different from another Rickson Gracie academy, the underlying principles and basis of the sequence will be the same.

The “secret sauce,” so to speak, is in the basic movements. There are only a finite number of basic positions in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, while there are an infinite amount of variations that are created off the basic position. It is our belief, that most practitioners are too focused on the variations, and not the few basics that make all the variations possible. The basics in Kama Jiu-Jitsu | are the equivalents of basic “blocking and tackling” in football. The success of any football team is in the success of its team’s blocking and tackling. Likewise, the success of any Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner lies in the success of his command of the basics.

More often than not, the difference between “who’s better” between two practitioners, is whose basics are better; not who’s got the slicker submissions and fancy positions. And believe it or not, there are nuances and degrees of proficiency in the basics as well. For example, a black belt, should be able to beat any white/blue/purple/brown belt BY LIMITING what he uses on his training partner to only concepts/submissions/ transitions that his training partner knows. A good black belt will beat a white belt with the cross collar choke from mount he just taught him to defend the other class. A black belt should not have to resort to beating a white belt with a dela riva/berimbolo sweep from guard, transition to a back take, and finish him off with a bow and arrow choke.

What white belt will see ANY of that coming, let alone defend it? A good black belt will tell the white belt exactly how he’ll catch him, and proceed to do it… and there’s nothing he can do about it.

By limiting his bag of weapons only to those the white belt is familiar with, he shows the white belt how success is not determined by how many moves more he knows; it’s determined by superior execution and superior timing… that’s it.

So take heart, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is not difficult to become proficient in. You just need to know what to focus on, and keep your “eye on the prize.”
Every technique we present here is merely your starting point. It’s your job to practice correctly, practice correctly, practice correctly! That’s more important than anything, and but one part of the reason why Kama Jiu-Jitsu | students are typically more proficient on the mat than those who aren’t members of our academy with the same amount of time put in.

Escape From The Worst Position Ever.
I contend, there is no worse position in any fight than having your opponent on your back, hooks in, with you facing the ground. We cannot tell you how many brown and black belts who have visited us have gotten stuck in this position, with no alternative but to tap once a choke began to sneak its way in.

Basic Mount Escapes
Believe it or not, most people training in BJJ these days, learn the more advanced techniques first. Escaping from the mount is no exception. Tell me the truth, how many of you learned, as your first mount escape, the “elbow escape?” While the elbow escape is a “staple” escape everyone should know, in a self-defense (street) altercation, the elbow escape should actually be your BACKUP escape, since it leaves your face open to blows from your attacker. In sport BJJ, no one worries about getting hit, so they tend to gravitate toward those techniques that are more “technical” and intricate.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, should be learning how to escape the mount using the “Upa Escape” first. The upa escape is the only mount escape that, as a matter of course, addresses an opponent who is looking to hit you while sitting on your chest. If you only learn one series of mount escape, the upa escape is what you need to learn. Learn the elbow escape once you have the upa escape well set into your natural movements.

Basic Hip Bump Sweep
In this clip, Prof Fernando shows an easy, but effective way to sweep an opponent who chooses to “clamp down” in your guard instead of try to pass. Ironically, Prof Fernando’s brother, Prof Mauricio Costa, used to clamp down in my guard all the time when I was with him (Mauricio) at Rickson’s Pico Bl academy in the early-mid ’90s.

Now, you have no excuse!


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