Hi, Welcome to BJJ101. My Name is Elliott Bayev
I’m a 3rd degree Black Belt with more than 25 years of experience. I’ve competed and coached athletes to the highest levels, studied with many legends of the art, and have run my own school, OpenMat MMA in Toronto for nearly twenty years.
I’ve helped hundreds – if not thousands – of people get started on their BJJ journey and know that if you’re new to BJJ, it can be one of the most exciting, empowering, and fun experiences of your life. But it can also be one of the most confusing – for two main reasons.
The two biggest frustrations of beginners in BJJ
To solve these problems
I created two courses
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Intro To BJJ Beginner's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Course
BJJ Blue Belt Curriculum
Frequently Asked Questions
I would start with the Intro to BJJ Course. It's something I want my students to see before they step on the mats. It will help you feel like you know what you're in for when you actually do step on the mats and even give you a leg up on others who just jump into classes.
Absolutely! That's why it was designed. And more, it will help you better understand where what you already know fits into the bigger picture.
Yes - if you have never had the theory and concepts behind Jiu-Jitsu explained. It will give you a new perspective on why what you know works.
I'm brand new to Jiu-Jitsu but I already know I love it - should I just start with the Blue Belt Curriculum?
It depends. If you already have a good conceptual understanding and want to have reliable systems of escape from each position and equally reliable simple submission gameplans from dominant positions.
Absolutely! Self-defense is the foundation of Jiu-Jitsu and the foundation of the Blue Belt Curriculum.
Absolutely! Not only does it build self-defense skills that work in the real world, it offers a complete set of gameplans for winning on the competition mats, including gi and no gi, takedowns, guard pulls and attacks, heavy top pressure, and aggressive submission attacks which works at the highest levels of comption, but are simple enough for a white belt to implement.
I am an instructor and I want a structured curriculum to offer my students - is the Blue Belt Curriculum right for me?
I do work outside of martial arts and knew I wasn't going to be there in person full time, but I wanted to make sure all of my students had an incredibly solid foundation in BJJ to one day get them to black belt, but it had to be designed in a way that I could implement it in a class rotation. It's what I have my teachers teach at my school.
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Intro To BJJ Beginner's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Video Course
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