Inside position in BJJ
Inside position in BJJ is a game of control. In my opinion, the ideal spot in BJJ is that it be in particular a game of control that leads to submission. Nonetheless, it all begins with control. The most commonly talked about means of control is position. When people talk of position in Jiu-Jitsu, they typically are referring to tactical position, i.e how the two athletes are positioned relative to each other as defined by the scoring system of the sport. That being side position, mount position, rear mount position etc. But there is a an entire different class of position that is just as important for control purposes…limb position. Example is how are my limbs positioned relative to my opponents limbs? The fundamental choice here is between outside position (my limbs outside his limbs) and inside position (my limbs positioned inside). Each has their good and bad points. When working from underneath a heavier opponent, I generally recommend an emphasis on inside positioning. This makes it very difficult for an opponent to pin you by wedging his limbs around your torso and reinforcing those wedges with body weight for the simple reason that you are inside any wedge he can create. This enables you to create effective movement underneath an opponents body weight, the basis of being effective from bottom position. Here, our student Franklyn works from on top an opponent and has secured all the inside real estate. His chest dominates the space between himself and the mat and doesn’t allow his opponent to win back an underhook. This will allow him to slowly work towards a submission. In the guard, don’t fear your opponents weight, fear his ability to create immobilizing wedges around you, and inside control is a powerful antidote to this danger that has the added benefit of facilitating your own attacks.