Welcome to Understanding Jiu-jitsu

My name is Elliott Bayev. I’m a second degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, have been training for nearly twenty five years, competing for twenty and teaching for nearly fifteen. In that time, I’ve tried to look at BJJ not just as a form of self-defence or sport, but as a way to tap into principles that underlie everything in life.

The Understanding Jiu-Jitsu blog, below is where I share some of what I’ve learned, from frameworks, theories and concepts to techniques and gameplans to philosophy and life-hacking.

If you’re just getting started in Jiu-Jitsu and want to understand the underlying theories, concepts and strategies that are the foundation of the art while learning from home, you can check out
The BJJ Primer.

If you’re already training, but feel like you don’t have complete fundamentals, I’d suggest the
BJJ101 White-Blue Belt Curriculum. It contains over 300 techniques in an innovative easy-to-follow sequence-based video course format giving you a robust set of skills from fundamental movements, self-defence and takedowns to posturing, escaping, controlling and submitting from every basic position.

If you’re looking to work privately with me or a number of other world-class black belts, click here.

If you’re an instructor looking for tools to make your life, teaching and business easier, click here.

The BJJ Primer

The BJJ Primer

This Intro To BJJ Video Course is designed for beginners who not only want to learn basic techniques, but want to understand how Jiu-Jitsu works. The BJJ Primer will give you the frameworks, theories and concepts need to truly get Jiu-Jitsu.

The BJJ101.tv Blue Belt Curriculum

The White-Blue Belt Curriculum Video Course

The BJJ101.tv White-Blue Belt Curriculum is the most comprehensive, organized, easy-to-follow BJJ Blue Belt curriculum ever created. Already in use in Hayabusa Academy Kingston, this curriculum covers everything form self-defence to takedowns, posture, escapes, control, submissions from all basic positions, creating a complete Blue Belt. Find out more. 

Stephan Kesting, BJJ Black Belt, GrappleArts

Stephan Kesting

BJJ Black Belt, GrapplingArts

Elliott is one of the most skillful and thoughtful teachers of jiu-jitsu that I’ve ever met. Not only is his knowledge of the art encyclopaedic but he’s able to convey difficult concepts and techniques in a conceptual way that makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend training with him.

Chris Wellstood, BJJ Brown Belt - Owner, Hayabusa Academy Kingston

Chris Wellstood

BJJ Black Belt, Hayabusa Academy, Gracie Survival Tactics Level 1 Certified Instructor

When I started teaching Jiu Jitsu a little over a dozen years ago, I was teaching from a curriculum that I had developed myself. I put a ton of effort in but I felt I could be doing a much better job for my students. I continued work on my own curriculum, trying to figure out the best way to deliver the material, but I always felt like there was something missing. I knew that my students who were new to Jiu Jitsu needed specific lessons while my students who had been with me since the beginning needed something very different. I honestly felt as though I was letting them down and that they could have been progressing faster if I had a better organized, more thorough curriculum.

When Professor Elliott Bayev showed me his BJJ Primer and BJJ101 blue belt curriculum I was blown away. It was exactly what I had been trying to achieve for so long. The level of detail along with the clear cut guidance through the belt system is, in my opinion, above anything that I have ever seen in my twenty years in Jiu-Jitsu.

We implemented it as our school’s curriculum in September 2019 and the feedback has been amazing and for me as an instructor, it has solved one of the biggest challenges I’ve had.

Understanding Jiu-Jitsu Blog

10 Lesson Jiu-Jitsu Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Success

10 Lesson Jiu-Jitsu Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Success

Since being introduced to the world by the Ultimate Fighting Championships nearly 25 years ago, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has exploded in popularity. While it may seem like a facile art — it involves little to no hitting, just what looks like complicated wrestling — there is something special here,...

The BJJ Belt System

The BJJ Belt System

Like many martial arts, BJJ uses different coloured belts to distinguish between the various levels of skill. While some schools have specific curricula they follow and test on, most do not. What tends to be distinct in BJJ is that generally belts are awarded based on skill. Commercialized...

Covid-19 and The Vital Importance Of The Martial Arts Academy

Covid-19 and The Vital Importance Of The Martial Arts Academy

Covid-19 swept across the world in a flash. Cities and countries quickly got overwhelmed. Schools, events and small businesses shut down and for the first time in history the world acted as one and stayed home. Martial Arts Schools were some of the first businesses to realize the danger and close....