When you first begin learning Jiu-Jitsu there is a very simple rule that helps you figure out what you should be doing in each position. If you are on top in a dominant position your goal is to keep tight to your Jiu-Jitsu training partner and take away the space they need to escape, if you are on the bottom and in the inferior position your goal is to create space.
In Jiu-Jitsu if you are in the dominant position your first priority is to keep that position and this is done applying pressure to your bjj training partner is specific spots on their body. It is only once you are able to control your Jiu-Jitsu training partner that you will be able to secure submissions. If you are in the inferior position your job is to create space through framing in order to first be comfortable and second to be able to move yourself to a better position. Framing is a term we use in bjj to describe how we use our arms and legs to create and maintain space or distance between us and our training partner. And a majority of each sparring session in bjj is grappling to either take away space or create space depending on which position you are in. In Jiu-Jitsu it is always position before submission.
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