Road Map of BJJ

Mr. Harris, I was hoping you could explain to me the philosophy behind the order in your road map of bjj(bjj101)

You stated:

positional escapes
positional dominance
mechanics of submissions
specific attribute development
positional counters and reversals
submissions, escapes and coutners

In trying to figure out your philosophy, I was able to come up with something of my own. It's pretty simple - it's based upon starting at the worst scenario and working one's way up towards submission completion. Do you feel that the order below would be an efficient training method?

submission escapes
submission counters
positional escapes
positional counters nd reversals
positional dominace
submissions/mechanics of submissions
(specific attribute development throughout all)


The road map given is designed for a specific group of people: Mainly,
those who plan on enjoying BJJ 20 to 30 years from now.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with "the aggressive pursuit of
submissions." However, having been down that route and having seen
so many injuries associated with this path, I think there is a better
route for those who want to be able to enjoy their BJJ in the sixties and
their seventies.

Right now, I am working with a man who is well into his sixties. I have
given him a taste of what I jokingly call "Old Man's Jiu Jitsu" and he
absolutely loves it! He wishes he had learned this when he was

So, while my road map will not apply to everyone, it does apply to
those who are looking to enjoy BJJ a couple of decades down the

Roy Harris

WoooHooooo for old man bjj!!

That makes sense. Working sub escapes with little grappling experience does sound like a good way to quickly ruin the body of an older beginning grappler. Thank you Sir. I find often when I think of jiujitsu, I think of my jiujitsu and my experiences rather than the bigger picture.