Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 25, 2012

BJJ for Judo

It is a dirty little secret but yes Judo has ground fighting!  How many times in tournament have you found yourself in osikomi (a pin) and been unable to escape before the time expires and ippon is awarded to your opponent? Or maybe your opponent had osikomi and you were able to belly out only to find yourself tapping from a vice tight lapel choke? Perhaps you have found yourself  fortunate and your belly out was successful, you gutted out the choke until the official called matte, and now you find yourself in a forced standing restart tired from the efforts of your escape. To make your ne waza life MUCH easier infuse your Judo with a little BJJ! Watch the video below and add this mindset to your game.

Okay so you have completely screwed up. You DIDN’T escape during the transition. Your opponent has passed your guard, flattened you out, and settled his weight on you. Your arms are completely out of position, you’re finding it hard to breathe and all he’s doing is locking you down and waiting for the ippon. What should you do? For answers to this question check out our platinum member area for more BJJ for JUDO videos!

February 23, 2012

Drill, Drill, Drill!

It goes without saying that the more complex a motor skill is the more repetitions are required to make the motor skill instinctive, smooth and efficient.

Case: The Hitchhiker Armlock Defense. To execute this particular escape you need to do three things simultaneously and very quicky: twist your arm and shoulder so that your thumb rotates to the floor, bridge your hips to the side, and run your feet away from your opponent in a half circle. This is a fairly complex movement!

How then do you become proficient at this or any technique? Drill it a lot! When you arrive early for a class grab someone, ask them to lightly apply the armbar, and practice this technique 5, 10, 15, or 50 times! Soon this escape will start working really well; you will use it in sparring all the time and eventually in competition.

Follow this pattern with all your techniques, the more complex a techique the more drilling will be required to make it muscle memory. Keep in mind that grappling skills are perishable so once you have mastered a technique remember to come back to drilling it again and again at future dates!

February 23, 2012

Defending Strikes on the Ground With BJJ

Regardless if your passion is Jiu jitsu, Judo, or Wrestling, whether your motivations for training are self defense, recreational fitness, or to be the next UFC champion you need to know how to defend strikes on the ground! This competition grappling stuff is a blast but these are all still martial arts and that means knowing how to apply your techniques while someone is trying to smash your face in during a self defense situation. Below is an example of defending strikes being thrown by an opponent inside of your closed guard.

Looking to learn even more strike defenses? Check out our platinum member area for exclusive instructional videos!

February 23, 2012

Improve Your BJJ Mobility Game

Sometimes it is fun to just roll with no plans of “winning”, no goal other than to  just see what happens next. This is a great time to make improvements to your mobility game! What exactly does this mean? Try the following exercise. Grab a partner to spar with.  During this exercise eliminate from the spar the tap; instead just play “catch and release” submsissions. Also you both have to move to a new position, sweep, or submission at least every five to ten seconds.

Example: As you spar you find yourself with mount. You haven’t managed to catch a clean submission on your partner in the alotted time. You might now dismount and go to side control or perhaps knee on belly. You are trying to pass the guard but the pass isn’t working. Either switch to a new pass or allow your partner to sweep.  Perhaps you do submit your opponent,release the submission and continue the spar from that spot. Don’t get caught up in who taps who: this exercise is a training method, and isn’t a competition itself. This approach to sparring creates LOTS of movement and will make you more accustomed to a faster paced game with lots of transitions and scrambling.

You should note that an effective movement game does require some cardiovascular conditioning. If you are severely sucking wind after 30 seconds of scrambling then you had better head off to the CrossFit gym as well as take advantage of the articles and tips on cardio conditioning in our platinum member area.

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