4 Commonly Used Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Moves & Positions

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Fighters

An estimated 95% of street fights finish on the floor, which means your ground fighting skills need to be in honed. Obviously, taking your opponent down is only a good idea in a one-on-one situation. Here are a few basic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu positions:

Four BJJ Positions & Movements

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1. The Mount

This is a common street fighting position and involves resting all your weight on an opponent’s chest/stomach. From here, you can strike your opponent, apply joint locks, or go for choke holds.

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2. The Guard

An opponent is in your ‘guard’ when your legs are wrapped around them. While you are on your back, you are in a dominant position once you know how to use the various Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques and they are part of your arsenal. For example, you can simply close your legs and crush your opponent’s chest to make it hard for them to breathe.

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3. Scarf Hold

This is a good hold for controlling your opponent as you have one of their arms locked along with their head. On the downside, there are not many submission moves available from this position and an experienced opponent will quickly figure out a way to escape – transition into a better position.

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4. North South

This involves covering the top half of your opponent’s body with the top half of your body. You can switch into a number of different submission moves from this position.

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