Video Vault

Welcome to the Rio Grappling Club video vault.

This site has been developed specifically for you – Rio Grappling Club instructors and senior students.

The propose of the site is to provide structure and guidance with regards to fundamental Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques and drills.

The site is divided into two separate sections, namely Fundamentals and Drills.

The Fundamentals section is divided into six Modules. Each Module comprises of several basic techniques, two repetition drills and a sparring drill.

The Drills section comprises of many different drills.

Discussion on the various techniques and drills are also encouraged. Below each video is a comments section which serves as a discussion forum on the specific video.

The site will develop over time, and more techniques and drills will be added on a regular basis. Please be sure to check the site for updates on a regular basis.

Hope you enjoy!



It should be understood that this content is not supposed to be learned in a single class and should be repeated several times before advancing to Modules 2 and 3.

Here the student starts to learn how to move, to fall and to roll, and gets a first contact with one of the basis of the ground game, the transition from guard to side to mount.

  • Breakfalls sequence (on ground to kneeling to standing)
  • Forward and back rolls
  • Hip Escape
  • Bridge to Top
  • 1st Mount Escape
  • Posture in Guard
  • 1st Open Guard. Pass with knee over
  • Side Control
  • Transition to Mount

Repetition Drill 1: Repeat in sequence the break falls and rolls, hip escapes and bridges.

Repetition Drill 2: Pass to Side to Mount, partner escapes mount, then pass to side to mount, he escapes and they keep doing this to both sides.

Specific Sparring: Mount escapes, partner gives 50% resistance and tries holding – no submissions allowed.


Module 2 is the addition of more of the fundamental movements. As with Module 1, it should be noted that the movements and techniques shown in the videos, should be trained again by students regularly, until they become second nature.

Upon repeating several times and learning the technical content on Modules 1 and 2, the student can do his first trainings with resistance, as he starts to understands a bit what he is supposed to do.

Please note, throwing the beginner to do sparring straight away is not the way to keep him. This should be avoided for at least 3 weeks. Until then, and in a controlled environment, the student should do specific trainings with resistance. The first series of specific sparring could be done with another partner on the same level, but ideally in the first 2 sessions, this should be executed with more experienced partners (this also applies to normal sparring for the first month or two, it improves learning and reduces chances of injuries to beginners).

First specific sparring: Escaping the mount while opponent tries to hold (without submissions).

Second specific sparring: Trying to hold the opponent on mount while he tries to escape (without submissions).

Third specific sparring: Escaping the mount while opponent tries to hold and submit (with advanced partners which will give 20 up to 50 % resistance, training with submissions between 2 beginner white belts should be avoided in the first weeks).

Fourth specific sparring: Holding the mount and trying to submit the opponent (avoid this between 2 white belts to reduce injury risk. Keep beginners under a close eye always!).



In Module 3 we are adding some sweeps, guard attacks and basic defensive movements.

The repetition and sparring drills for this module are:

Repetition drill 1: practice all sweeps with opponent giving away arm to arm bar after mount is achieved, to improve coordination, speed and reflexes.

Repetition drill 2: Scissor or Pendulum sweep to mount, opponent escapes, gets swept again to other side, for 2 or 3 minutes, then invert roles.

Sparring drill: Guard opening (opponent tries to hold closed guard, one must open and keep stable (not need to pass but must avoid sweep attempts. Not allowed to stand up)