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TFS#113: Attacks and Transitions, 12 Health Tips, & Positional Hierarchy Shift

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I’m looking to start a limited series blog posts that’s aimed to be short and constructive reads.

This limited series is aimed to help shine some light on topics that may be difficult to ask or may be a little embarrassing to discuss in person.

You can ask any 3 questions related to Jiu-Jitsu and I’ll publish my answers on the my website for your reference and other lower belts to learn from!

Now on to today’s topics…


When do you attack? When do you transition?

Well, this might sound obvious but…

When you first settle into Side Control, your opponent is going to do their best to try to escape. They’ll try to win the underhook battle, get their forearm frame, etc.

Specific training option: 30 second rounds. You try to maintain top control, bottom player tries to escape or recovery a guard. (These also work great as cardio rounds.)

But when they start to slow down, that’s when you make your move.

Your Attacks from Side Control

Start establishing attacks from this position to become a threat. Here are some options.

Transitioning from Side Control

Once you start your attacks, your opponent will probably try to escape.

I know I’m not providing as much detail on one particular move because I want you to just try these in specific training first then ask questions later.


Never Do These

Health and safety is #1. I don’t care if you’re a competitor or hobbyist…or a competitive hobbyist.

Knowing how to take care of yourself will also help you take care of others.


Resources you’ll love

  • This detail to secure the close arm control straight into submissions. (link)

  • You lost the underhook battle? Get to the back. (link)

  • If you’re nervous about your competition, listen to the first 7 seconds. (link)


Positional Hierarchy Is Outdated

But I did put my ideas out there.

Some of the responses I got were…not productive.

While most opened up responses and great conversations.

What’s your heirarchy?

See you on the mats,


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