Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of American Top Team’s core training programs. We have produced a multitude of champions in all types of competitions. This, all under the tutelage and watchful eye of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and five times Panamerican Champion Luigi Mondelli. Master Mondelli is a 4th degree black belt under Master Ricardo Liborio and Master Marcos “Parrumpa” DaMatta, both head coaches at ATT Head Quarters in Coconut Creek, FL.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is primarily a ground-fighting art. Most techniques involve both fighters on the mat. There is a heavy emphasis on positional strategy, which is about which fighter is on top, and where each person’s legs are. Positions are stable situations, from which a large variety of techniques are available to both fighters. The primary positions include:
Guard: The person applying the guard is on the bottom with his back on the ground; his legs are wrapped around his opponent’s hips (who is said to be “in the guard”). · Side control: Chest-on-chest but without the legs being entangled.
Mount: On top of his opponent (who “is mounted”), sitting on his chest, with one leg on either side of his torso.
Back mount: Behind his opponent, with his feet hooked around his opponent’s hips and upper thighs. Specific techniques taught are designed either to improve one’s position (for example, to “pass the guard”, by going from being “in the guard” to getting around the opponent’s legs, resulting in side control); or else as a finishing submissions. Most submissions are either chokes (cutting off the blood supply to the brain) or arm locks (hyperextending the elbow, or twisting the shoulder).