GB Fundamentals: What Are The  5 Most Important White Belt Techniques?

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at the most important techniques that new Gracie Barra students should be learning.
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How did we pick these 5 techniques out of the “Bazillion” different techniques that we can see on Instagram or Youtube Bjj channels? Why did we choose these 5 techniques?
There are a few reasons:
1) These techniques address the most common rolling situations that we encounter every day in class. You need a tool to use when you find yourself in these situations.
There are few things more frustrating than repeatedly getting stuck in the same positions again and again! You need a specific technique for that situation.
2) These techniques build movement skills and patterns that get us ready to execute other, more advanced techniques. For example, learning the Scissors Sweep is going to teach us a lot about grips, moving the hips, using our legs, and the correct timing of the movement.
We can then apply all of these skills to all of the other sweeps that we learn in the coming months of classes.
3) They work! These techniques WILL WORK if executed correctly. It is often confusing for new Gracie Barra students to see fancy, low percentage moves that make for great Instagram videos, but in fact, is very difficult to pull off against a fully resisting opponent in sparring.
The GB Fundamentals are centered around techniques that are tried and true on the mats of Brazil and all over the GB Network over years of training.
Let’s take a look at some specific techniques from GB Fundamentals by some of Gracie Barra’s top black belt instructors from Gracie Barra Scottsdale.
1) Side Mount Escape High Leg Method
What is the #1 problem for new GB students? Getting caught underside mount bottom. This is the escape to start with and will serve you throughout your entire BJJ journey.

2) Breaking The Guard Standing
I recall clearly one white belt student was unable to open and pass his opponent’s closed guard. He was repeatedly swept, mounted, and submitted. he threw up his hands and asked “How do I get out of the closed guard?!?”
This is the BEST closed guard pass to get good at.

3) Scissor Sweep from Closed Guard
If we can achieve proficiency with the Scissors sweep, we will then find it much easier to pick up all of the other guard sweeps. The principles are the same.

4)Triangle from Closed Guard
The funniest part of jiu-jitsu is learning submissions and the triangle might be the most iconic submission of all. BJJ fighters with a great triangle are dangerous from their backs and learning the triangle will teach us the mechanics and principles of ALL submissions from the bottom.

5)Rear Naked Choke and Rear Collar Choke
What is the highest percentage of submissions from the most dominant position on the ground? Prof. Flavio shows the techniques that are the most successful even at the black belt level of competition.

Do you agree with our selection of the most important Fundamentals techniques? What is YOUR favorite?
See also on GB: GB Fundamentals: Closed Guard Sweep Fundamentals
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia