Mastering the Art: Week 14 at Gracie Barra Denver BJJ

Welcome back to another thrilling week at Gracie Barra Denver BJJ! As we delve deeper into the intricacies of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Week 14 promises to be an exciting journey filled with learning, growth, and camaraderie. This week, our focus will be on three fundamental aspects: headlocks, hip/hand throws, and side mount techniques. So, grab your gi, let’s dive in!

Headlocks: Understanding Control and Submission

Headlocks are often underestimated but can be incredibly effective when executed with precision and technique. In this week’s classes, we will explore the various types of headlocks, including the guillotine choke, the arm triangle, and the D’Arce choke. Students will learn how to properly secure a headlock from different positions and leverage their body weight to maximize control over their opponent. Additionally, we’ll emphasize the importance of maintaining proper posture and positioning to prevent counters while executing these techniques.

Hip/Hand Throws: Mastering the Art of Offense

Hip and hand throws are essential components of any BJJ practitioner’s arsenal, allowing for dynamic takedowns and transitions from standing to ground positions. Throughout the week, students will be introduced to classic throws such as the hip throw (O Goshi), shoulder throw (Seoi Nage), and hip sweep (O Soto Gari). Emphasis will be placed on timing, balance, and fluidity of movement to execute these throws effectively. With dedicated practice, students will develop the confidence to initiate attacks from a standing position, gaining a strategic advantage over their opponents.

Side Mount: Establishing Dominance on the Ground

The side mount position offers a dominant control over an opponent on the ground, providing ample opportunities for submissions and transitions. During Week 14, students will learn how to properly secure side control, maintain pressure, and immobilize their opponent’s movements. From there, we will explore various submission options, including armlocks, Americana locks, and Kimura locks, capitalizing on openings created by superior positioning. Moreover, we will delve into effective methods for transitioning from side mount to more dominant positions such as mount or back control.

Building a Strong Foundation

As always, our primary goal at Gracie Barra Denver BJJ is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to excel both on and off the mats. Throughout Week 14, instructors will emphasize the importance of building a strong foundation in fundamental techniques while encouraging creativity and adaptability in training. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, there’s always something new to learn and explore in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Week 14 at Gracie Barra Denver BJJ promises to be an exhilarating journey filled with discovery and growth. From mastering the art of headlocks to refining hip/hand throws and dominating the side mount position, students will gain valuable insights and techniques to enhance their BJJ repertoire. So, come join us on the mats, and let’s embark on this exciting adventure together!

Remember, the journey to mastery is ongoing, and every class brings new opportunities for learning and improvement. See you on the mats!