Stepping on the mat to begin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes courage and determination. Many people have an image of jiu jitsu as young, strong and athletic fighters slamming, choking and beating each other. How can a total beginner survive in that environment? The reality of jiu jitsu, however, is far different. Jiu Jitsu can, and should, be for everyone.
My friend Shawn visited us for some training at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore. After class, I showed him a simple setup I teach all my students to chain three submissions together. Linking the three together helps students to plan ahead in case one attempt gets blocked.
John David Emmett is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with an interest in movement and the Feldenkrais method. He teaches at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore.