The BJJ Positions & Terms Every White Belt Should Know

Starting jiu-jitsu can feel like a constant uphill climb, with a whole litany of new terminology and confusing positions to remember. While these things become easier to remember with time, they can feel overwhelming when you first begin training BJJ, especially if you’re completely unfamiliar with the martial art when you try your first few classes.

In this video, BJJ brown belt Erika Wakefield demonstrates some of the most common fundamental positions and terminology you’ll encounter during your time training BJJ. From closed guard to side control to knee-on-belly and beyond, here are some of the must-know moves that you’re going to learn in jiu-jitsu, whether from this video or on the mats.


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