If you came to this site you probably already know what brazilian jiu-jitsu is and why it is so awesome. If you ever practiced brazilian jiu-jitsu then you also know how extremely complex it is, how many different positions and moves it contains and how difficult and time consuming it is to put it all together.

In this site we try to make some order in all this chaos.

If you're familiar with brazilian jiu-jitsu and have already trained before, you can skip straight to the Positions page and start exploring. If not, continue reading.

Brazilian jiu-who?

For those of you who know nothing about brazilian jiu-jitsu - a quick recap: Brazilian jiu-jitsu (or BJJ) is a martial art originally formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza). It was developed as an independent form of martial art in Brazil by the brothers Carlos and Hélio Gracie. Read more here.

BJJ focuses on fighting on the ground as opposed to Karate for example that focuses on fighting on your feet. Since most physical confrontation incidents end up on the ground, BJJ is a good choice of a martial art to master.

In fact, it is the best choice of martial art to master as it is more efficient than any other form of martial art, at least in a one-on-one scenario. This was proven by Royce Gracie at the dawn of the first international mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament - the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

At first there were positions

In brazilian jiu-jitsu there is a saying - "position before submission". This means that during a fight, in BJJ and even more so in MMA (or just a street fight) you should always strive to get to a dominant position first and only then try to "finish" your opponent.

In BJJ "finish" means submit. In MMA it can also mean punch the guy senseless. In a street fight "finish" can be all of the above or you can just convince the guy that since he's in an inferior position maybe continuing the fight is not such a good idea.

The way brazilian jiu-jitsu works

When the fight goes to the ground you find yourself in one of the many different positions recognized in BJJ. When you're in an inferior position your main concern is getting out of this position and working your way towards a better one. When you're in a dominant position your main concern is either submitting your opponent or transitioning to an equally or even more dominant position from which a submission will be easier to apply.

In order to do all that you first need to:

  • Know all the different positions and their hirarchy
  • Know which positions you can (or should) get to from your current position
  • Know how to get to each position
  • Know the submitions available from each position

This site aims to help with all of that. By Choosing a position in the Positions page you'll be taken to a "road map" if you will. There you can explore all the different options originating in the position you chose.

A few things to note

  • This site offers merely a reference to the vast number of options available from every BJJ position. It does not replace a professional instruction by a certified instructor.
  • This site is continually under construction, we try to add data to it on a daily basis.
  • If you have any suggestions for improvement or requests for missing data or anything else on your mind, we'd like to hear about it. Please leave a feedback .

Final words

Go train!