BJJ White Belts Should Work On Defense More Than On Submissions

BJJ White Belts Should Work On Defense More Than On Submissions

Hey, we get it! You’ve recently become a part of the BJJ white belts tribe and you’re so eager about learning and applying submissions! But, hear us out: for now, you’re going to be much better off with working on your defense and positions than on your attacks.

Tom DeBlass explains why this is the case:

Jiu-Jitsu white belts… In my opinion, the most important aspects of your game right now are defense and positions.

The ability to work to a specific position and hold that specific position is imperative. The ability to retain guard is imperative. Finally, the ability to recognize danger and avoid compromising positions is arguably the most important skill to possess.

Sure, it’s understandable that you want to learn the techniques that will make your training partners tap out. But knowing those techniques alone will not amount to much, unless you’re skilled at defense:

Everyone likes fancy submissions, but the submissions will never come if you cannot stay out of danger or keep superior positions.


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Now that you know this, it’s time to start working on your defensive and positional skills. But don’t do it at random!
Rather, pick a position from which you’d like to learn how to defend from. Then, drill your escapes from there (make sure that you know which ones you’re going for beforehand) and give your best shot at using them during live rolls.

Do this for at least a month, before you move on to another position and defense. In other words, don’t just aimlessly jump from one technique to another; but attain good skills in one before you move on to the second move.