Learn BJJ Faster: Speed Learning BJJ

Narrow your choices and your decisions will come faster!

There is a way to speed up your BJJ / learning. It's not even a secret. It's a method that has been used for years in other sports, language learning and even performing and fine arts.

While a BJJ blog post is not the best forum to discuss this in depth, the fundamentals of this method are:



  • Break the encounter into stages / most common situations.
  • Identify the order that things happen in. (e.g. it makes more sense to greet someone before you ask their name)
  • Learn one or two (max) routes of action for the first stage. (e.g.1-2 ways of greeting, one or two phrases to break the ice...etc.)
  • Perfect them thru a variety of drills.
  • Use in authentic / live environment. (e.g. use your new phrases in conversation with a partner)
  • Move onto the next stage of the interaction. (Building depth and not width. Don't learn more ways to greet. Move on to conversations about the weather...etc.)

This method will not teach you everything, but it will help you achieve disproportionate progress in a short span of time, not to mention instill confidence to actually go out and use your skills.

Applied to speed learning BJJ / grappling this translates to:

  1. Learn how to fight for a specific grip from standing (e.g. Collar and sleeve).
  2. Learn one BJJ move from there (e.g. Pull guard).
  3. Learn one attack from the there (e.g. how to attack from the guard with the Hip Bump sweep).

Now spend 1-3 months drilling every detail of these BJJ moves and applying them against different resistence types and levels.

This, however, means you need:

1. Patience
2. Patient and understanding (and likeminded) training partners
3. Time
4. Good coaches
5. Some more patience.

Ironically, to speed learn BJJ, you need to be very patient!

Do you have what it takes to become really good at BJJ and Grappling?

Here is Olympic Medalist Jimmy Pedro talking about Grip Fighting in Judo



While Serra talks us thru jumping guard:


And the always awesome Mr Pedro Sauer shows us the hip bump (sit up) sweep:




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Georgette said...

I think I was taught jiu jitsu in a circle rather than a line. What do I mean? I showed up for class consistently, but some days we covered a technique at the 1 o'clock place, others at 7 o'clock, still others at 8:30. So it was a while before I'd accidentally covered enough of the minutes around the clock to be able to get a picture of the moves and the sequences. If I'd been taught in a line, I'd have done just as you suggest-- grip, takedown, first move, next move.

*sigh* *grin*

Nice followup with the techniques you mentioned... all good foundational basics.

mikethomas84 said...

You mentioned this evening that the difference between white and blue belt was the ability to know when to let something go...

What else do you think a blue belt should be able to do that a white belt cant?

The Part Time Grappler said...

I hate it when people listen to the rubbish I talk :)

As I wrote the response to this, it quickly turned into a post of it's own.

Stay tuned :)

The Part Time Grappler said...

Hi Georgette. Excellent analogy with the clock / circle. In all fairness, what I talked about here was what I class as "optional homework".

the instructor will teach in the manner she sees fit, and it's her right to do so. The isntructor's aim is to bring the whole goup up.

Outside session time, anything you do extra is what makes you great: Watch vids, analyse perfomrance, attribute training...etc. My suggestion is for everyone to narrow down their game and build details on the select techniques. You do that work outside the sessions or at least when you are rolling.

When someone is in your guard, always go for "insert name" sweep, even when your brain is begging you to try something else. Your sweep will get stuffed for 3-4 months and then something happens and it becomes un-frikking-stoppable.

The Part Time Grappler said...

New post up :)