If you're looking to learn BJJ online, you're in luck! There are tons of
great instructional videos available for free on Youtube.
In this blog
post, we've put together a list of 25 of the best BJJ instructional
videos out there.
So, whether you're a beginner or an experienced BJJ practitioner, there's something here for you!
Table of Contents
Part #1: Guard instructional videos
The guard is a position in which one combatant has their back to the ground while attempting to control their opponent using their legs.
This can be done by wrapping their legs around the other person's waist, or by placing their feet on the other person's chest and locking their ankles.
The guard is a key part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where it can be used as an offensive position. This makes it a very important part of the game, and one that you should focus on if you want to become a better BJJ player.
Here are some of the best instructional videos on the guard position available for free on Youtube:
Video #1: Adem Redzovic’s “Open Guard Translated” tutorial
Adem Redzovic's video is one of the most complete instructional videos about the open guard in BJJ.
It is a must-watch for anyone who wants to improve their open guard game regardless of their belt rank.
In the video, Redzovic covers all of the basic concepts of the open guard, including how to establish it, how to maintain it, and how to attack from it.
Video #2: Keeping your Opponent Grounded in BJJ with Pedro Sauer
The closed guard is the first guard position that every new white belt learns on their first day.
Many new white belts or even colored belts do closed guard by only wrapping their legs around their opponent's waist and this will not do anything to disrupt the posture or making the opponent uncomfortable.
In this short video, Pedro Sauer, an 8th degree black belt under Rickson Gracie, explain the small details that can make your closed guard a lot stronger.
Video #3: 5 Tips To Improve Your Half Guard by Bernardo Faria & Tom Deblass
The half guard is one of the most common positions you will end up with during rolls whether in training or competitions.
In this video, you will learn the top 5 tips on how to play the half guard from two of the best players in the position - Bernardo Faria and Tom DeBlass.
Video #4: 5 tips to improve your guard retention (Lachlan Giles and Ariel Tabak)
Lachlan Giles is an Australian BJJ black belt and runs his own academy in Australia.
Not many people subscribe to Giles' Youtube channel, making him one of the most underrated instructors in the platform. With only 64,000 subscribers, he actually has some of the best instructional videos on Youtube.
His teaching style is clear and concise, and he has a great ability to break down techniques so that they are easy to understand.
In this video, Giles with his fellow black belt, Ariel Tabak, give 5 tips on how to improve your guard retention.
Video #5: Pulling Guard - Most Common Mistakes by Jon Thomas
Jon Thomas is an Alliance Jiu Jitsu black belt under Lucas Lepri.
His Youtube channel offers the best conceptual-based instructional videos on Youtube, in my opinion. It is well organized, easy to follow, and packed with techniques that will help you improve your game.
In this video, he explains the most common mistakes that practitioners do when they pull guard and how to fix them.
Part #2: Guard passing instructional videos
In BJJ, you are not in control of the match even if you are on top as long as your opponent's guard is still up.
This can be frustrating for new students who are used to other grappling sports where being on top usually means you're in control. In BJJ, the guard is a very effective position that can allow your opponent to sweep or submit you even when they're bottom.
Therefore, one of the first things you need to learn in BJJ is how to deal with the guard. This means learning how to pass the guard and how to defend against sweeps and submissions from the bottom.
Here are my top choices for free guard passing instructional videos available on Youtube:
Video #6: Bernardo Faria Shows His Principles of Pressure Passing
In this video, world renowned jiu-jitsu instructor Bernardo Faria explains and demonstrates his principles of pressure passing.
Faria is a five-time world champion and has an extensive amount of knowledge when it comes to passing the guard. This video is great for those who are looking to improve their pressure passing skills.
I personally like to do pressure passing because it does not require a lot of agility and explosiveness making it very suitable for me as an older grappler.
Video #7: How To Pass The Jiu Jitsu Half Guard Using Submission Threats by Rafael Lovato Jr
Rafael Lovato Junior is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Machado who also worked extensively with the Ribeiro Brothers (Saulo and Alexandre).
Lovato is known for his quick and fluid grappling style, which has earned him many accolades in competitive BJJ.
In this video, Rafael Lovato Jr shows us how to pass the half guard using submission threats.
Video #8: How to Pass The Open Guard: Complete Guide 2022 by Jon Thomas
Passing the open guard can be very difficult, but with a basic system it can be done at every level.
The key is to threaten passing the guard before your opponent establishes grips. You also need to have a game plan for how to approach every main position your opponent can be in.
Jon Thomas explains all of the topics above in this video.
Video #9: 5 Tips To Pass Any Guard No Gi by Lachlan Giles
Passing the guard in no gi is a bit different than in the gi.
In the gi, you can grip your opponent's clothes to help with your control while in no gi, there is no fabric to grip on and your legs are more prone to attacks.
In this video, Lachlan Giles explains five tips to improve your no gi guard passing game.
Video #10: How to Smash Flexible Guard Players by Fabio Gurgel
Flexible guard players can be very annoying to deal with. Somehow, they can always pummel their legs to recover their guards.
In this video, one of Alliance Jiu Jitsu co-founders Fabio Gurgel shares some tips on how to deal with flexible guard players.
Part #3: Chokes
A choke submission is a move in jiu jitsu where you make someone stop breathing by choking them.
It's a very powerful move and can be used in both sport jiu jitsu and self defense situations.
The choke is considered as the "king" of submission in jiu jitsu because it is every effective regardless of your opponent's size or strength.
Some people might be strong enough to continue fighting with a broken arm or leg but everyone goes to sleep with a proper choke.
Here are some of the best choke instructional videos available for free on Youtube:
Video #11: The rear-naked choke is still evolving. The latest addition (Lachlan Giles)
There are many different ways to do a choke submission, but the most common is the rear naked choke.
To do a rear naked choke, you need to get behind your opponent and put one arm around their neck while squeezing with your other arm.
In this video, Lachlan Giles explains some of the latest variations of the rear naked choke.
Video #12: How To Do The Perfect Triangle Choke Even If You Have Short Legs by John Danaher
The triangle choke is one of the most effective submissions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and John Danaher is considered to be one of the best instructors in the world.
In this video, he breaks down how to do the perfect triangle choke even if you have short legs.
Video #13: Choke from Mount like Roger Gracie
Roger Gracie is considered as one of the best jiu jitsu competitors of all time and he is well known of his cross collar choke.
The choke is one of the first submissions you will learn as a white belt and Roger has perfected it to work at the highest level.
Unfortunately, there is no free video of Roger breaks down on how he does the choke on Youtube.
As an alternative, Breck Still, a black belt instructor at the Leviathan BJJ Academy, teaches some of the details on how Roger does his cross collar choke in the video above.
Video #14: Cross Choke from the knee slice position when passing half guard by Romulo Barral
This is another variation of the cross choke by Romulo Barral.
Romulo is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter who competes in the black belt division. He has won many championships at the highest level, including 8 world titles.
In this variation, Romulo shows his trademarked cross choke finishing mechanics when he goes for the knee slice to pass his opponent's half guard.
Video #15: The Best Jiu Jitsu Baseball Choke In The World by Magid Hage (“The Gorilla Hands”)
The baseball choke is a very deceptive choke because you can execute it from a non-dominant position, particularly from bottom side control.
Magid Hage is considered to have the best baseball choke and he is teaching how you can execute it by luring your opponent to pass the guard in this video.
Part #4: Arm locks
Arm lock submission is a move in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where you use your whole body leverage to control the opponent's arm and then make them tap out by hyper-extending the small joints on their arms.
Here are some great instructional videos on how to break your opponent's arm:
Video #16: Roger Gracie teaches armbar from the mount
There are a few different ways to set up an arm lock submission, but one of the most common is to start in what's called the armbar.
Roger Gracie is also well known of utilizing the basic armbar from mount to finish his opponents at the highest level. Watch the video to learn the details directly from him.
Video #17: The 7 Deadly Wrist Locks by Keenan Cornelius
Wristlocks are quick, deceptively surprising and effective.
In this video, Keenan Cornelius shares seven types of wristlocks that you can use to catch your training partners off guard.
Video #18: Arm Bar From Guard by John Danaher
In this video, John Danaher goes into detail on the arm bar from the guard position.
Here John is showing some of his trademark details on the technique, which is heavily favored by many of his students.
Video #19: Understanding The Tarikoplata by Tarik Hopstock
Tarik Hopstock is a black belt in jiu-jitsu under Eduardo "Teta" Rios and a grappler from Norway. He represents the Scandinavian team Frontline in the sport’s global circuit.
Tarik has made a name for himself as one of the best European competitors and is also widely recognized as the creator of the Tarikoplata, a shoulder lock he invented when he was still a blue belt.
In this video, Tarik shares the details of his patented submission.
Video #20: Basic kimura system from closed guard - Andre Galvao
The kimura is a shoulder lock that you learn from the first weeks of your jiu jitsu training.
The Kimura can be applied from multiple positions and works by applying pressure to the shoulder joint with your legs and arm. This makes it extremely painful for your opponent, and can force them to tap out.
The kimura is also versatile technique that can be used in both gi and no-gi jiu jitsu.
In this video, Andre Galvao a multiple time world champion teaches how to execute the kimura from the closed guard in a systematic way.
Part #5: Leg locks
If you have a hard time passing the guard or sweeping your opponent, then leg locks can help you a lot.
Leg locks have been my favorite attack because they can be very effective and efficient. They are almost like a shortcut to victory because you practically bypass the need of passing the guard or sweeping to get into dominant position.
Here are some of my favorite leg lock instructional videos:
Video #21: How Mikey Musumeci Got The Fastest Submission In The History Of The IBJJF World’s Black Belt Finals
Multiple time world champion Mikey Musumeci currently holds the record of the fastest submission in a world championship final and he did it by using the straight footlock.
In this video, Mikey shares some details into his footlock method. This free video is so good that I decided to purchase Mikey's premium instructional called Death From Below. It is everything about the straight footlock and you can read my review here.
Video #22: How To Do The Heel Hook Against Bigger And Stronger Opponents by Lachlan Giles (ADCC 2019 Breakdown)
Lachlan Giles was sensational during the 2019 ADCC tournament by winning the bronze medal and defeating bigger, stronger opponents.
His main attack was the heel hook and he was using the K-guard as an entry point to isolate his opponent's leg to get the submission.
In this video, he breaks down just how he did what he did during the 2019 ADCC.
Video #23: Bernardo Faria’s Kneebar From Over/Under Pass (Dogbar)
The Dogbar is a very deceptive and sneaky leg lock submission when you are passing your opponent's guard using the over/under pass.
In this video, Bernardo Faria teaches the Dogbar, one of his favorite leg lock attacks.
Video #24: Make Your Opponent CROSS his FEET! (Sean Roberts Special)
Everyone knows not to cross their feet when they have the back mount. In this video, BJJ black belt Brian Peterson shows a deceptively sneaky method to force your opponent to cross their feet and get that footlock submission.
Video #25: The 3 Fanciest Leglocks That Actually Work...
If you want to go for the highlight reel leglocks for the Gram, you might want to check out these fancy technique.
Stephan Kesting from Grapple Arts shows three fancy leglocks that not only look nice but also work in the real life too.
To wrap it up....
So, there you have it – our picks for the 25 best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructional videos on Youtube.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced grappler, I am sure you’ll find something to help improve your game.
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