White Belt - The Path to Stripe #1

White Belt - The Path to Stripe #1

The importance of the first stripe in jiu-jitsu cannot be overstated. For many, it will be the
first stripe that leads them on a path to a black belt, a way forward to success. For others, it may
be a good effort that falls short as the student quits. In either case, the result must be the same
- to teach the most important lesson possible as it pertains to the purpose of jiu-jitsu.

As a modern-day martial art, the perspective of most new students is that jiu-jitsu is for
winning street fights, a way for a smaller person to win an encounter against a larger attacker,
or that fighting thing from mixed martial arts shows. In all cases, the uneducated potential student
sees jiu-jitsu as a fighting art. This is why we must always ensure that the new student
is steeped in the knowledge of the most fundamental self-defense techniques in both classic
and modern jiu-jitsu. If they choose to continue training or not, they will have great instruction
in potentially life-saving techniques and also gain incredible insight into leverage and the future
breadth of jiu-jitsu positions and techniques.

In these first lessons, the student will focus solely on standing self-defense-styled techniques.
These moves are perfect for displaying leverage, positioning, and defensive strategies
against would-be aggressors. From the standing positions, the new students will learn how
jiu-jitsu uses submission holds to end encounters, how jiu-jitsu students transition to the ground
for incredible control, and how to counter common scenarios like standing punches, kicks, locks,
and varying grips.

At the end of this first stripe, the students are ready to apply this newfound knowledge to
fundamental ground attacks; many of which will feel much more familiar after completing the first

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Stance & Base

    In this video, you will understand more about your balance, posture, base, alignment, and stance. The proper way to have a very good fight stance knowing how to move and react when the opponent pushes & pulls you.

    Pay attention to all details. This is how the fight begins. It’s a must to know it!

  • Basic Jiu-Jitsu Warm-Ups


    It is important to warm up your body before doing any of the physical training in jiu-jitsu. Use the following warm-ups to prepare your body for the techniques you’ll be practicing with repetition. These warm-ups are also fundamental movements for jiu-jitsu as a whole, so practice them...

  • Self Defense Day 1


    1- HIP THROW “O-GOSH”: The O-Goshi hip throw is the first takedown you’ll learn in this program. In this technique, the fulcrum is your hips shooting across their hipline, creating a perfect obstacle to hurdle your opponent over. Focus on a deep entry of the hip combined with a stron...

  • Self-Defense DAY 2


    1- DEFENDING THE SAME-SIDE WRIST GRIP: The same-side wrist grip defense is important for both gi, no-gi, and self-defense training and is key to later grip fighting and more competitive training scenarios. When you’re escaping a grip like this, your partner’s thumb to forefinger “ho...

  • Self-defense DAY 3


    1- FRONT CHOKE DEFENSE WITH HIP THROW: With your knowledge of the Koshi-Guruma headlock takedown its time to apply this to a real-world self-defense situation. In this case, you focus on regaining the inside control, a fundamental jiu-jitsu concept to create separation from the choke...

  • Self-Defense DAY 4


    1- SHOULDER LOCK/COP LOCK: This shoulder lock control or Cop lock is an excellent self-defense technique to control a resisting opponent. In this situation, you will incorporate a duck-under maneuver to get to the back control while focus-ing on key jiu-jitsu principle – opening up y...

  • Self-Defense DAY 5


    1- DOUBLE COLLAR GRAB DEFENSE – HANDS APART: The double collar control is often used by a strong opponent’s hoping to slow the fight and prevent your entry into the hip, shoulder, or leg throws. This defensive counter beautifully uses this control to trap both of the opponent’s arms,...

  • Self-Defense DAY 6


    1- HEADLOCK DEFENSE: The headlock defense is an important self-defense technique because many inexperienced attackers will grab your head, thinking they can hold you there, and even punch you. In this technique, reach around your partner to trap is arm and keep him from throwing pun...

  • Self-Defense Day 7


    1- HEADLOCK DEFENSE WHEN OPPONENT IS BENT OVER: This Ura-Nage style back arch takedown works great as a defense against the bent over headlock. To be successful, focus on your base being strong around your opponent’s nearside leg and then combining a pulling action with your backhand...

  • Self-Defense Day 8

    1- HEADLOCK DEFENSE AGAINST THE WALL: This is a great technique when your opponent is driving you into the wall with his headlock control. When this happens, you should place one arm in front of his shoulder to trap it while you circle away from the headlock to put in a hook. This giv...

  • Self-Defense DAY 9


    1- GUILLOTINE DEFENSE – SITTING BACK: When your opponent has a guillotine lock on your neck, his aim is to bring his hips close to you and lift up at your neck for a choke. To keep him from doing so, this defense is simple. All you do is sit back and allow your opponent’s momentum to...

  • Self Defense DAY 10


    1- GUILLOTINE CHOKE: The guillotine choke is a common submission in grappling and Mixed Martial Arts, especially when your opponent shoots for a double leg takedown with bent-over posture. When this happens quickly lock the head and curl it to downward while putting forward pressure ...

  • Self-Defense DAY 11


    1- FRONT BEAR HUG ESCAPE (OVER ARMS): The front bear hug escape incorporates the use of separation by pushing on the hips to stay at a safe distance and the power of the under-hook for the O-Goshi style hip toss to take your opponent down. Always create this separating base to preven...

  • Self-Defense DAY 12


    1- PUNCH DEFENSE: This safety stance is a great way to defend against outside looping “haymaker” style punches by maintaining the center space – a key concept in jiu-jitsu. Once that inside space control has been established it is easy to follow-up with a throw like the below O-Goshi...

  • Self-Defense DAY 13


    1- FRONT KICK DEFENSE: For the front push kick defense your goal is to catch the kick and then quickly lift it vertically while driving your opponent backward for the counter throw. Focus on his chambered knee and prepare with ade-quate spacing to avoid the brunt of the force. If you...

  • Self-Defense DAY 14


    1- ROUNDHOUSE KICK DEFENSE: In the roundhouse kick defense your objective is to catch the knee preferably early and to open your adversary’s knee to the outside to force him to fall. Once he is on the floor he is in a prime location for you to step over his thigh to trap him and fini...

  • Self-Defense DAY 15


    1- REAR CHOKE DEFENSE: The standing rear-naked choke defense uses a Seoi-Nage style shoulder throw to bring your opponent to the mats. To do so, you must lower your hips below your opponents and then drive him forward and over your shoulders with an explosive pulling force while you...

  • Self-Defense Day 16


    1- REAR TWO-HANDED CHOKE DEFENSE: Although the rear two-handed choke is an inefficient choking technique, it does rear itself with untrained grapplers and assailants. This move can be easily countered with the previously used pinching hand control to not only peel off the attack but ...

  • Self-Defense day 17


    1- BEAR HUG DEFENSE (UNDER ARMS): Key to a rear bear hug defense when the opponent is under your arms is your ability to avoid lifting throws. By dropping to all fours, your opponent will be dealing with a much heavier opponent and this gives you time to reach through and grab his le...