Head Position and its use as an extra limb in training!

When training with a skilled Jiu jitsu player it always seems to feel like they have more limbs than you, kind of like your fighting an octopus! Good Jiu jitsu players are able to keep all four limbs in play whether they are passing or defending the guard and this is one of the key attributes that sets Jiu jitsu apart from some of the other grappling arts. Jiu jitsu training develops and requires tremendous coordination throughout your whole body.

It is common knowledge to most Jiu jitsu students, that they should try to effectively use both arms and legs, and limit or isolate their opponent’s limbs to create openings for both offensive and defensive manouvers. What a lot of people dont understand is how they can use their head as an extra limb to wreak havoc on their opponents! And let’s face it, we’d all like to have a few extra little secrets up our sleeve and good head position/movement is one of them!


Head position is one of the most critical yet overlooked concepts in Jiu jitsu. With good head position/movement:

-You generally have good posture both on top and on bottom

-Are often able to nullify your opponent’s attacks eg. You can use your head to defend your opponent’s kimura attacks from inside his closed guard

-You can trap and control your opponent’s limbs (generally an arm) to set up your own attacks (such as head arm chokes, armlocks etc)

-You can use your head as a post to defend certain sweeps or just control and limit their movement

-It is possible to set up certain passes using your head as a post, brace, block or whatever you need for the particular situation!


So you see it’s really important that you start to think outside the box and use your head as an extra tool in your arsenal. I mean think about it… It’s a lot harder to defend five limbs simultaneously than four! Generally speaking most people only have two to four limbs available at any one time so the more we are able to stack the odds in our favour the better it is for us. And the more problems we create for our opponents to deal with the better.

Jiu jitsu training is all about creating and solving problems. The goal is to create as many problems for our opponent as possible and to capitolise on their mistakes amidst the chaos! On the flipside when facing another Jiu jitsu player, our mind is directed towards problem solving. We must attempt to solve the riddle of their particular game/skill set and bring them into our game where we are able to utilise our best and strongest techniques against them!!! From now on when you train, really think about “using your head” both physically and mentally and you will start to give your training partners and opponents all sorts of head aches, frustation and night mares! 🙂

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom


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4 Responses to “Head Position and its use as an extra limb in training!”

  1. Justin Says:

    Interesting concept, it never occurred to me how important head position was until now. As a beginner to BJJ (<3 months training) I just wanted to let you know I really appreciate all the great advice that you share in your posts. Keep up the great work!

  2. Dale Says:

    Great stuff Felipe, very insightful stuff

  3. jiujitsukingdom Says:

    Hi Justin, how are you mate? I’m glad you are finding the blog helpful. That was my goal to begin with, to put together a resource that could help my students and in fact any students of BJJ get better quickly and avoid some of the common problems associated with learning a new and challenging martial art! have a great day and enjoy the journey! 🙂
    Kind Regards

  4. jiujitsukingdom Says:

    Thanks Dale, I’m glad you enjoy the blog. And please let me know ifthere are any subjects that you are particularly interested in!
    Kind Regards

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