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Summer Class Series Syllabus: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Basic Self-Defense

Course Overview:
This course introduces college students to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) as a practical self-defense system. The program combines physical training with theoretical knowledge, focusing on techniques and strategies that utilize leverage, technique, and body mechanics to neutralize threats.

Course Objectives:

  1. Learn the fundamental principles and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  2. Develop the ability to defend oneself using leverage and technique rather than strength.
  3. Understand situational awareness and risk assessment.
  4. Build confidence and physical fitness through regular practice.
  5. Apply BJJ techniques in various self-defense scenarios.

Course Structure:

  • Duration: 6 Weeks
  • Class Meetings: Twice a week
  • Total Classes: 12

Week-by-Week Breakdown:

Week 1: Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Class 1: Course Overview and BJJ Basics
  • Lecture: Introduction to BJJ, its history, and self-defense philosophy.
  • Activity: Basic warm-ups and conditioning exercises.
  • Technique: Introduction to the fundamental BJJ stance and movement.
  • Class 2: Principles of Leverage and Base
  • Lecture: Understanding leverage, balance, and base.
  • Technique: Basic breakfalls and movements to establish a strong base.
  • Activity: Drills to practice maintaining balance and leverage.

Week 2: Basic Positions and Controls

  • Class 3: Guard Position
  • Lecture: Overview of the guard position and its importance in BJJ.
  • Technique: Closed guard basics, maintaining guard, and simple sweeps.
  • Activity: Partner drills to practice maintaining and escaping the guard.
  • Class 4: Mount and Side Control
  • Lecture: Dominant positions and their advantages in self-defense.
  • Technique: Mount control, side control, and transitioning between positions.
  • Activity: Controlled practice of positional control and escapes.

Week 3: Escapes and Sweeps

  • Class 5: Escaping from the Bottom
  • Lecture: Importance of escaping from inferior positions.
  • Technique: Basic escapes from mount, side control, and back control.
  • Activity: Partner drills to practice escapes.
  • Class 6: Fundamental Sweeps
  • Lecture: Concept of sweeps and reversing positions.
  • Technique: Basic sweeps from guard (e.g., scissor sweep, hip bump sweep).
  • Activity: Drills to practice executing sweeps.

Week 4: Submissions and Defenses

  • Class 7: Chokes and Strangles
  • Lecture: Safety and application of chokes in self-defense.
  • Technique: Basic chokes (e.g., rear-naked choke, guillotine).
  • Activity: Partner practice of chokes with emphasis on control and safety.
  • Class 8: Joint Locks
  • Lecture: Understanding joint locks and their application.
  • Technique: Basic joint locks (e.g., armbar, kimura).
  • Activity: Controlled partner drills to practice joint locks.

Week 5: Defending Against Common Attacks

  • Class 9: Defending Against Strikes
  • Lecture: Principles of defending against punches and kicks.
  • Technique: Closing the distance, clinch work, and takedowns.
  • Activity: Partner drills to practice entering and controlling an aggressor.
  • Class 10: Defending Against Grabs and Holds
  • Lecture: Techniques to defend against grabs and holds.
  • Technique: Escapes from wrist grabs, bear hugs, and chokes.
  • Activity: Drills to practice escapes and counters.

Week 6: Scenario Training and Course Review

  • Class 11: Real-Life Scenario Training
  • Activity: Simulated self-defense scenarios incorporating learned techniques.
  • Discussion: Debrief and feedback on performance.
  • Class 12: Review and Certification
  • Activity: Review of key concepts and techniques covered in the course.
  • Assessment: Practical demonstration of skills and techniques.
  • Event: Certificate ceremony and course wrap-up.


  • Participation and engagement in classes (40%)
  • Practical demonstration of techniques (40%)
  • Final scenario performance and application (20%)

Materials Needed:

  • Comfortable athletic clothing (gi or no-gi attire)
  • Notebook for taking notes
  • Water bottle
  • Optional: Personal protective gear (e.g., mouthguard)

This syllabus is designed to provide college students with a solid foundation in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense, emphasizing technique, leverage, and practical application in real-world scenarios.


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