Backwards Jiu-Jitsu Training: Submission-First Approach

Jan 2, 2023Jiu-Jitsu0 comments

Have you ever watched a rugby match? You’ve probably noticed that teams don’t aimlessly pass the ball around. Instead, they start with the end in mind: the try line. Similar to this strategy in rugby, we introduce a unique concept in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training: “Backwards Jiu-Jitsu Training.”

Understanding the Standard Sequence

Just like rugby, Jiu-Jitsu occurs in a sequence: Take your opponent to the ground, pass their dangerous legs, work through the hierarchy of pins, and finish with a submission. Most BJJ classes reflect this sequence, and understandably so. However, what if we told you that there’s a different way to approach your training?

Turning the Tables: The Submission-First Approach

When training ambitious athletes aiming for championships, I flip the standard training method on its head. Rather than starting with takedowns and position control, I emphasize the dark arts of breaking and strangling: the end game. The submission-first approach instills an aggressive, confident mindset that enables students to relentlessly hunt for submissions.

Why Start at the End?

When students have utmost confidence in their ability to submit an opponent, it fuels their drive to get into a finishing position. This strategy creates a proactive athlete who won’t see submission as the icing on the cake but the primary goal. This mentality change can radically affect their performance and outcomes on the mat.

Drills for Backwards Jiu-Jitsu Training

One drill to implement this concept is practising submissions from various positions. You could start the drill in a potential submission position and explore different paths to securing the submission.

Another drill is to simulate a ‘countdown’ scenario where you only have a short time to secure a submission, encouraging you to aggressively seek out finishing positions.

Train Differently, Train Successfully

Reversing the standard sequence and emphasizing the end game reshapes the traditional mindset of Jiu-Jitsu training. Rather than viewing submissions as the final step, we encourage our athletes at Apex MMA to see it as the heart of the sport.

This training regimen requires a shift in perspective, but as with any change, the potential rewards are great. Experience a new way of learning at Apex MMA. Our doors are always open for those eager to try a beginner’s class or a trial. We foster a supportive, friendly environment where conceptual learning takes centre stage. Ready to redefine your training approach? Join us today on this fascinating journey. See you on the mats!

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Apex MMA is a specialist mixed martial arts gym focusing on Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Led by an experienced team of instructors, Apex MMA offers comprehensive training programs for students of all ages and skill levels. With Apex MMA's systematic teaching methods, passion for martial arts, and strong community relationships, you will gain the tools to succeed in the gym and beyond.
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