Turtle Position

Jiu Jitsu black belts demonstrate turtle position

This position is a purely defensive position, and is usually achieved when the person on bottom istrying to recover from a worse position. Players typically don’t want to be in this position for long, as it does not have very many options for sweeps or submissions. Occasionally a high-ranking or larger opponent will “Turtle up” against a lower-ranking or smaller opponent as a way to 1) frustrate them or 2) give them an opportunity to work from the top without sacrificing much in their position.

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