What are the Basic Positions and ways to Score Points in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)?

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The philosophy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu positioning is to improve your position while preventing your opponents from improving theirs.  “Position BEFORE Submission” is the mantra.  Most positioning revolves around use of the legs. Points are scored when we improve our position and are also explained below. There are many variations, however the most basic positions are as follows:

  1. Takedown (2 points)
  2. Guard (no points, however we can avoid the 2 point takedown if we “Pull Guard”)
  3. Mount (4 points)
  4. Side Control (3 points for passing the opponents Guard to this position)
  5. Back Control (4 points)
  6. Half Guard (no points, prevents opponent from scoring 3 points for passing)
  7. Passing the Guard (3 points) (additional points can be scored from “Knee on Belly” and “Mount”)
  8. Advantage Points (can be scored with takedown attempts, submission attempts, sweep and passing attempts, dominant top half guard, and forcing an opponent to turtle.

Here is a video reviewing the basic positions in BJJ.  These positions are also important aspects of MMA and Self Defense in addition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Stayed tuned for future videos when we will show more advanced positions in detail including:

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