The second stripe is where the student will discover the jiu-jitsu that he or she is most
likely to see televised. It is the ground control, the submission, and the escape. This is the stripe
where the jiu-jitsu student will have a very solid understanding of exactly what jiu-jitsu is, what
the daily techniques are likely to feel like, and what the future of jiu-jitsu is likely to fold for them.
Self-Defense is still at the core of the second stripe journey. Students will learn to escape
head-locks and choke-holds, in techniques that complement the standing takedowns and self
defense maneuvers from the previous stripe. In this process, the student will round out the core
ground techniques of jiu-jitsu with again an emphasis of the techniques and leverage points
that will contribute to future more advanced techniques.
Positionally, students will have a clear understanding of what the core positional hierarchy
of jiu-jitsu is from the top to the bottom. On top, they will learn the basic path towards the mount
and back controls as well as early escape positions from the bottom. In addition to this, they
will learn transitions between such positions as guard sweeps, basic guard passing, and fundamental
controlling techniques. Armed with greater control the student is more likely to learn to
dominate important positions that lead to plentiful submission opportunities.
The submission is the last aspect that will be prevalent from most ground techniques, the
fundamentals of chokes and armlocks as well as their proper leverage points cannot be overstated
as the student proceeds toward more advanced sessions where knowledge and coordinated
practice of foundational submissions is pre-requisite for both class attendance and retention.
With the second stripe the student is now prepared to drive into more advanced takedowns,
drills, guard positions, passes, transitional changes, and submission series. They now
have a solid basic understanding of what jiu-jitsu is and can perform many of its fundamentals.