BJJ Strategies

by Ryan Fiorenzi on March 21, 2013


I was teaching a class the other night and was about to start rolling with one of my students.  Before we started he said, “Submit me as much as you can.  No mercy.”

I remembered the last time we rolled.  I attacked him non stop for 6 minutes and I didn’t land a lot of submissions.  He did what I had told him many times before: keep your hands near your neck, elbows close to your body, and move your hips.

So this time I decided to change strategies.  Instead of attacking him non stop, I let him work a little.  That way his arms would come away from his body and his hands would come away from his neck.  That way he left me big gaps for me to attack, and I was able to submit him multiple times.

You may have heard of the the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Here is a brief list of some of the strategies that I use to change my style:

  • Wait until my partner starts to move for me to move.  If they are just sitting there watching you, there is less of a chance of landing your technique.  Wait until they are busy with their own move and bam!
  • Changing speeds.  I may move at a medium pace for the first part of a match and when I see an opportunity I will go full speed to land the technique.  This works great for guard passing.
  • Machine gun attacks.  Move quickly from one technique to another and confuse them!
  • Set traps.  I will go to the mount slowly and with a little pressure on their stomach from side control to see if they will push on my knee.  That will give me a kimura.

That’s all you get for now!

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