Back Control– The player takes control of the opponent’s back, placing the heels between the opponent’s thighs without crossing the legs. Must have one arm trapped (see “seat-belt”) or the ability to trap one arm in order to be given the points. This position is awarded four points if held for three seconds in competition.
Back Take– The transition from a position such as side control or mount to obtain back control.
Base– Refers to a player’s balance or center of gravity. A strong base is one where the center of gravity is low and a player has their back straight, head up, and knees wide resulting in good balance.
Cross Face– Pressure exerted on an opponent’s face, usually from shoulder pressure. The intention is to make an opponent incredibly uncomfortable so that they relinquish a grip or position to alleviate the pressure. Additionally, pressuring the head in one direction limits the bottom player’s mobility and explosive ability, making it impossible for the player to move in certain directions and escape.
Grips– Attaching our hands to our opponent, most of the time by grabbing their Gi Jacket or Pants. Our grips can refer to how we use our hands (thumb-up grip, thumb-down grip, Monkey grip (a.k.a. lip-grip), Pistol grip (a.k.a. squirt gun grip)) and/or where we are grabbing (Collar grip, Sleeve grip, Knee grip, Ankle grip, etc.). We even have a term for a grip that has no explicit purpose: Junk grip.
Guard– A position in Jiu Jitsu where you can either attack or defend. Playing guard refers to any position in which you’re attempting to control your opponent with your ankles, knees, or hips in an attempt to stop them from advancing their position, usually in conjunction with some sort of grip to hold them in place. Common Guards are open guard, closed guard, spiderguard, half guard, De la Riva/DLR (pronounced “De La HEE-va”), and Reverse De La Riva/RDLR. (See this article for a look at different guard variations.)
(Guard) Pass– The player on top (i.e. “passer”) successfully goes around/through the guard player’s legs and advances their position to either side control or north/south position. In competition, if the new position is held for three seconds, then three points are awarded to the passer. (See this article for an example of the Bullfighter Pass.)
Guard Pull– An alternative method of bringing the match to the ground. A guard-pull results in one player bringing the match to the ground with their feet in a position to control their opponent. A guard pull can result in any guard, or if the guard pull fails the position resolves with the guard being passed. No points are awarded for a guard pull in competition.
Hooks– Hooks refer to the top player’s legs when in back control. To place the hooks, one puts the tops of their feet on the inside of the controlled player’s thighs and presses out. This is used to control the rotation of the bottom player’s hips as they attempt to escape.
Invert/Inversion– The act of turning upside down (with feet above head and shoulders) while under your opponent. Doing so allows the player on bottom to keep their guard intact when the top player is trying to pass. Inverting is a relatively new concept in Jiu Jitsu and has resulted in many new positions, attacks, and escapes.
Knee-on-Belly– The player on top places their knee on the belly, chest, or ribs of the player on the bottom. In order for points (2) to be awarded in competition, the player on top must have their outside (non-knee on belly) leg extended and their shoulders must be facing the head of the player on bottom. The position must be held for three seconds.
Mount (or Back Mount)- The player on top (no longer entangled in any guard) is sitting on their opponent’s torso with two knees (or one foot and one knee) on the ground, facing their opponent’s head. Four points will be awarded if this position is maintained for three seconds. (See this article on how to maintain a strong mount.)
Oss– An affirmative response literally meaning, “As you wish”. Derived from Japanese, there are many stories as to how the word “Oss” came to be used in martial arts; however, it is now accepted as the response a student gives to their instructor. “Oss” should be the first thing uttered by a student after being given an instruction by their teacher. The idea being that once the student responds “Oss” they should abide by the command. Also, used colloquially as a word for “Okay” or sometimes even “Cool”.
Posture– A position in which a player can maintain strong spinal alignment. Usually referred to when in an opponent’s guard. “Good” posture refers to a player’s spine being in alignment, which allows for optimal force production and defense from attacks. This position results from a player’s hips being positioned below their shoulders. Optimal posture occurs when the shoulders are stacked with the hips, allowing the center of gravity to be directly under the player. (See these articles on the introduction to posture and the application of posture)
Seatbelt (Harness)– A position of control where a player’s arms are wrapped around the opponent from the back. One arm is over the same side shoulder of the opponent’s (attacking arm) and the other is under-hooking (from the back) the opponent’s arm on the under-hook side. These arms meet at an opponent’s chest where the hand on the under-hooking side covers the fist of the attacking arm and pulling the opponent close to the chest. The shoulder of the attacking arm should find a place behind the opponent’s head for maximal control.
Shrimp/Hip Escape– The act of moving the hip away from an opponent. The shrimp allows a player to brace on their opponent and not allow them to advance, while the shrimping player scoots their hip away. Shrimping allows for a player to create space, usually resulting in replacing their guard. (See this article for how to escape from side control.)
Side-control– A dominant position where the top player is lying with their chest exerting pressure on their opponent while lying perpendicular to the player on bottom. From side control it is possible for the top player to exert considerable pressure on their opponent (usually via cross face). Side control is not awarded any points in any competition, but is one of the default spots to land when passing guard.
Submission– A technique that either chokes or has the capability to compress/hyperextend a joint to render an opponent unable to continue to fight. Usually, these techniques result in the defending player to “tap-out” and concede the match before serious injury.
Sweep– A sweep is initiated when a guard player forces a change in the position such that they (the guard player/person on bottom) end up in a top position. In competition this exchange results in two points being awarded to the player initiating the sweep and landing in the top position.
Take down– The act of bringing an opponent to the ground. Take downs usually refer to those used in wrestling where a player grabs the opponent’s legs and knocks them over. Common take downs are the Single Leg, Double Leg, and Fireman’s Carry. Taking down an opponent results in two points during a competition.
Tap-out– The act of one player gently slapping the mat or their opponent as an indication of giving up. Tap-outs typically result from a submission (choke or joint lock) being applied. It is also possible to tap verbally by saying “Tap” or being in audible pain. Sometimes, if a referee feels as if one player is in danger, the official will take the liberty to tap-out for the stubborn player. No matter the mechanism of tapping out, doing so results in the end of the match. When training, be sure to tap early and get another roll.
Throw– An alternative method of brining an opponent to the ground. Throws refer to techniques commonly used in Judo. These techniques are initiated by first breaking an opponent’s posture and redistributing their center of gravity.
Under/Over Hook– The positioning of the arms in relation to your opponent. For an under hook, your arm is threaded between your opponent’s torso and their arm allowing for control. Under hooks are preferable to control your opponent and maintain their position. Over hooks refer to controlling your opponents arm by reaching over their arm, usually in between their shoulder and elbow. Over hooks are not often the optimal position, but result from your opponent attacking with under hooks.
After being awarded with the 3rd stripe of your white belt, the student will be able to attend the Intermediate Program, in paralell the student will be still able to continue the Fundamentals Program. This is the most exciting part of your training.
Attempting to submit your training partners as they resist and counter with their own moves is as real as it gets! You will drastically improve your conditioning , strength and confidence. You'll drill and work with more experienced students benefiting your learning journey. Besides moving up in rank and making major progression towards mastery of the art, this will give you the experience necessary to eventually enter the Black Belt Program.
If sport Jiu-Jitsu and advancement within a traditional belt system is not your thing, or you simply just want to learn how to defend yourself, this is the program for you!
Gracie Self Defense focuses on the self defense aspects of Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu so that you learn the most effective techniques to protect yourself and your family in real- life scenarios. Taking the Self-Defense course is a great introduction to the principles of Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu, upon completion most techniques that can save your life one day and if you love it like we know you will continue on with a sport that will have a long lasting positive impression on your life.
The Gracie Fundamentals program consists of a continuous 16 week course designed to teach the overall self-defense strategy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You will lear the basics:
How to breakfall.
How to set up and apply a submission hold.
This repetition in technique will prepare you to begin drilling at full resistance in the next program, Intermediate.
JIU-JITSU SUMMER CAMP
At Gracie La Mesa, we offer training programs for:
Kids (4-7 years old)
Juniors (8-14 years)
All skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced competitor.
73 year old Jeff L. is proof that its never too old to train in Jiu-Jitsu
Looking for something for your kids to do during the summer? Why not enroll them in a one-week Jiu-Jitsu summer camp? Its a great way to get the kids out of the house and keep them out of trouble. Jiu-Jitsu is better than video games too!
Summer 2018 dates to be announced. Check back here as summer approaches.
YOGA FOR JIU-JITSU
Flexibility is not only super important for a good jiu-jitsu game, it helps prevent injury. Doing some stretching excercises before class is helpful, but why not take core strength and flexibility training to the next level? At Gracie La Mesa, we are proud to offer yoga classes that are geared toward the Jiu-jitsu student. The best thing of all is that Yoga classes are included in in your Gracie La Mesa membership. Family and friends of Gracie La Mesa students and non members are invited to yoga classes for a small fee. Speak to one of the Gracie La Mesa associates for more information.
Looking for that extra little something for your Jiu Jitsu game? Looking for a little advantage in your next Jiu Jitsu tournament? Maybe you want to learn some of the techniques that made our black belt instructors world champions. Gracie La Mesa offers private lessons with our black belt instructors:
KIDS and JUNIORS
If your child really wants to try out martial arts and you are afraid that they may punch or kick someone at school or home then this is the perfect place for you! Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu is a self- defense system that enables the people who practice it to defend themselves by using leverage to submit opponents. This is done without thowing punches or kicks. Using our proven techniques your child will be able to defend themselves from bullies even though we do not teach them how to strike. Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu is a fantastic way to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for kids of any ages. Parents of our students often find that their children gain increased self-esteem though their athletic acheievement and learn how to carry themselves better in situations that require them to deal with pressure. If your child is acting overly aggressive in school, lacks focus and or discipline then we at Gracie La Mesa recommend you start them out with a private lesson to introduce them to the sport and class structure. Eventually, they will learn that commitment, respect, focus, self- discipline and effort is a rewarding experience and brings positive results.