Learning to make your opponent submit in the battle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can sometimes be tough. As more experienced fights learn the tricks of the trade, it’s hard to not feel frustrated and strike it out.
But we never strike. Ever. Instead, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grapplers go back to their basics and find out where they are going wrong.
Many believe the more advanced the move, the better the reward. But that isn’t always the case. Most of the time, its the simplest of moves that are the most effective.
Below you’ll find some of the best moves to take down your opponent and earn yourself a new belt.
1. Triangle Choke From Guard
A move that is taught from the beginning. The Triangle Choke from Guard is one of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s most well-known submissions.
Taught from white belt all the way to high title champions, this move is considered one of the best moves to learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
This submission teaches you how to attack and choke your opponent with your legs. When you’re faced with a larger, stronger opponent or a superior wrestler who you can’t reverse and gain the top position, it’s the main threat from the bottom.
The triangle choke is a very adaptable choke hold that can be put up in a variety of ways from various guards. First you’ll learn how to perform the hold correctly and then you’ll begin to realize the different ways to use the triangle choke from guard.
However, there are a few mistakes that can be made with this move if performed incorrectly. The most common mistake being to attack your opponent when they have a strong posture.
Posture is the best defense against the triangle choke so attacking your opponent with a strong posture is less likely to grant you success.
Another mistake that is often made and can cause serious injury is having your opponent’s shoulder in the wrong position. When setting up your triangle, hold your opponent’s shoulder should be obscured by your thigh.
If their shoulder is any higher then serious injury such as dislocation can occur.
2. Guard Replacement With Hip Escape
From your first rolls to becoming a black belt, you’ll use this side control escape more than any other side control escape.
For all escapes, you must learn to move your hips on the bottom, and this is the first one you should learn. It teaches you how to escape from the bottom in BJJ using the two most fundamental hip movements: Bridging and hip escape.
When your opponent passes your guard, your first priority is to replace it.
And if you master this side control escape method, you’ll gain a lot of knowledge about guard retention in BJJ, as the moves are often quite similar, and involve a lot of the same foundation.
Where many often go wrong when attempting this escape move is to try to bench press their opponent off. It is more successful to create a frame like structure with your arms in order to prevent your opponent from completely dominating the submission.
3. Cross Collar Choke From Guard
A cross collar choke or cross collar grip is the starting point for sweeps and other attacks to come into play.
Your closed guard strategy is built around the basic collar and sleeve grasp. It serves as the foundation for all of your other guard attack combos, including the prior two.
It teaches you how to control your opponent’s head with your grip and break down their posture.
Practitioners often lose their grip as they aren’t able to get their hand deep enough in their opponent’s collar.
To be successful in the cross-collar choke make sure to reach way down into your opponent’s collar and grab the tag at the back of their neck. This will give you more grip and make sure you win the match.
When completing a cross collar choke, many find themselves unable to break their opponents defenses (Find out How To Fix A Stretched Collar here). Using your knee to securely hold down your opponent’s defensive arm can give you that one shot you need to secure your hold.
4. “Upa” Or Bridge And Roll Escape Vs Mount
Much like the guard replacement, the Upa involves a hip bridge. A move required to be strong for nearly all ground escapes.
To escape the mount, you must learn to use the strength of your hips and an explosive bridge. When it comes to BJJ, one of the most important elements is to use your strongest muscle groups whenever possible.
Instead of depending on your arms to shove him off of you, you use your legs, hamstrings, and lower back for this escape.
Naturally when an opponent gains the upper hand, a natural reaction is to push them off of you. However, this can result in an armbar and give your opponent even more of an advantage.
When learning BJJ, new pupils must break the tendency of pushing with their arms as soon as feasible.
The bridge and roll provide a high-percentage escape from the bottom, without which the pupil is frequently stranded or even worse, loses their back!
What Is The Best Move To Learn In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
From the 4 top moves of Jiu Jitsu only one can be the best. Whilst all are highly effective, there is one move that can be seen executed from all levels.
The Triangle Choke from Guard is regarded as the best move to learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
One of the first submissions taught to those beginning their BJJ journey, it teaches students how to use their legs as a form of attack and quickly subdue their opponent.
Loved by those with the highest titles in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the triangle choke is highly effective when done correctly.
There you have it! Now you can get yourself into your Gi (BJJ uniform), find yourself a sparring partner and get to practicing. Mastering any or all of the above holds and escapes will have you progressing through the grades in rapid time.
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