Core Jiu Jitsu Concept #4:

ANGLES

If you’ve watched any of the recent UFC’s, I can almost guarantee you’ve heard Joe Rogan say something like: “He’s trying to create an angle, Mike” or “The angles he’s using are making his opponent miss.”

Attacking and defending through angles are one of the most important concepts in all combat sport. That includes Jiu Jitsu.

People are strong forwards, backwards, left, and right, but they’re weak through the diagonal angle. When you learn to use angles, your offence and defence become much more effective.

Angles are everywhere in Jiu Jitsu, and great fighters are masters of creating angles.Marcelo does it in butterfly guard. Rafa does with the Berimbolo. Roger does it in the mount.

There are strong offensive and defensive angles in every position.
The video below illustrates how you can use angles to your advantage.

So how can you apply this to your Jiu Jitsu?

When you’re attacking use the angle that makes your opponent weak. And when you’re defending use the angle that doesn’t allow your opponent to follow you.

This understanding of angles will take time to develop, but it can also have a dramatic impact on the Jiu Jitsu.