What is the overall mindset of Brazilian Jiu jitsu?
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the primary focus is grappling, submissions and controlling your opponent from a positional standpoint; without taking a lot of damage. In other martial arts the goal may be to punch and kick to defend yourself. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we like to use joint locks, chokes, throws, and positional control to defend ourselves. So, in a traditional fight, it starts on the feet. An antagonist may use various punches and kicks. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the goal is to navigate a safe distance between you and your antagonizer. As a practitioner of BJJ the mindset is to “take it to the ground”. Where the weight, the strength, the speed, the athleticism, and even the age of our antagonizer can be equalized by leverage. ON THE GROUND.
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’ll learn many ways to close distance between you and your opponent; to mitigate any damage you might take. Again, the idea is about maintaining proper distance and there’s times in BJJ when you’re going to be super close and other times we need a little bit of space depending on the technique you’re trying to accomplish.
For the most part the “Rule of Thumb in Jiu Jitsu is to Stay Close”. Keeping in mind what the Jiu Jitsu will be used for. Is it for self-defense, is it for MMA, or just pure grappling? These elements will change how we execute our techniques. Fundamentally it’s all the same. How to execute a Scissor Sweep for example, is fundamentally the same. The proper position of your hips, the weight distribution of your partner, all of these come into play with how we execute the techniques. No matter if I’m doing MMA, or self-defense. What we need to worry about is strikes. While you’re training it is good to always keep in mind the possibility of strikes. If you’re able to translate a striking situation to a grappling one, you’ll be better for it. There are a fair amount of professions that need to be able to restrain and neutralize a combative situation.
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu there is a hierarchy of positions. You always try to improve your positioning while you train. If you’re in theworst position, say, on the ground on your back, your focus is to get off of your back and into a more dominant position. As you improve on your Jiu Jitsu skills you will use less energy, and you’ll be able to understand how to use leverage in your techniques. So, in short a good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner will take their opponent to the ground, staying close, tiring them out, and using leverage. And remember “A Black Belt is a White Belt that Never Quit.”