Starting out in Jiu Jitsu can be frustrating. Not only are you learning to coordinate your body in ways it’s unfamiliar, but you are learning to make sense of a whole bunch of foreign concepts and at the same time organize them into a cohesive “big picture”. It can often seem as though you are trying to put the pieces of a puzzle together without knowing what the puzzle looks like. The Positional Hierarchy is a critical component of that puzzle, and one of three critical elements that distinguishes BJJ from all other grappling-based martial arts.
Understanding this at the outset of your training can eliminate a lot of initial frustration and advance your progress considerably in the beginning stages of your journey.
In this video, Coach Jordan breaks down the Positional hierarchy and how a Jiu Jitsu player uses the principle of positional advancement to finish a fight.