Core Jiu-jitsu : The importance of proper partner training

womens bjj in armlock action

Getting the job done smart in BJJ / Grappling

One of the unique features of the grappling arts Brazilian Jiu-jitsu , Sambo ,Wrestling , Judo etc- unlike the striking counterparts- is the ability to train at full speed.

Going full speed enables lets you develop your own game based on what you feel using techniques that you knows will work because you have used them in real situations against a fully resisting opponent.

Quite a bit different than the various mystical martial arts out there,  too deadly to ever actual practice & that often fall short when the time comes for some application since you’ve never actually tried the technique live before.

Unfortunately, whenever you hear about someone getting hurt training its usually aka “rolling”, making it easily the most hazardous aspect of a BJJ training session.

Because of this, one of the most important things a student can do during training is pick the right sparring partners . In our Core BJJ program the emphasis is on the technical approach to applying the art, so at the formative stages quite a bit of time is placed on teaching students how to grasp the key concepts and movements before  isolated applications of the art & finally full on sparring.

Still there is no doubt a time and place for FREE rolling but in the formative stages of your development with two beginners “rolling” aimlessly it is a often just asking for trouble  and as I love to say

[su_quote]You are always practicing something,, Good or Bad a patern in being built every time you step on the mats – C. Patrick[/su_quote]

Mississauga BJJ club claude patrick the ladies workign the fine points of BJJ armlock escapes

 I have been teaching BJJ in Mississauga for 15+ years and the basic framework or these guidelines have not changed much since I started


No. 1: Safety is #1

For the most part no one wants to train at a slaughterhouse. It is important for an instructor to match up students according to ability and experience. Still you’ll often be working with partners of various size and experience levels so keeping their well being in mind is always a good idea. If everyone is looking out for each other training suddenly gets a lot more enjoyable.

No. 2: Have Respect your partners.

It does not matter what his/her rank is. If you are a higher rank, challenge yourself to work on a weaker aspect of you game. If it (this strategy) results in tapping out, you have learned something very important about your game. The tapout even by you, can be a victory. Using that feedback correctly you now have new knowledge about a weakness in your armor and a set focus on which to work.

No. 3: It has to be enjoyable

If you show up concentrating only on winning, you will have a difficult journey ahead of you in learning how to improve your game. Especially since no one is unbeatable.

And there  you have is some basic advice on how to make the most of your BJJ training, stay safe & be a good training partner

[su_quote]Rickson Gracie: “When you train, you should put more emphasis on learning than on competing with your partner.”[/su_quote]


video from this weeks BJJ 101 classes covering the hip escape a turning to the knee’s