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March 29, 2012

Spotlight on Technique: Guard Passing

“To stand or not to stand?” that is the question that Bill Shakespeare should have been asking! When it comes to passing the guard practitioners often ask which is more preferable – standing or kneeling. A crude classification of Brazilian jiu jitsu guard passing would be to divide this aspect of the art into either standing or kneeling passes. Each have their strengths and their weaknesses.

Case: Kneeling in your opponent’s guard makes you a little harder to sweep because your center of gravity is lower to the ground and it is quite difficult for him to foot or leglock you.  However, if you are kneeling in an opponent’s guard your arms and neck are more easily available for him to attack.

Case: Standing in order to pass the guard you make yourself a little more vulnerable to sweeps and leglocks.  The advantage of standing passes is that you  are more mobile and it is harder for your opponent to attack you with chokes and armlocks.

How can you use this information then? Simple. Do both! If you have both standing and kneeling guard passes in your repertoire you can tailor your passing to counter your opponent’s strengths.  Does your opponent specialize in chokes? Is he an afficianado of armlocks? Then stand whenever you end up in his guard and try to work your standing guard passes.  If your opponent is a leg locking wizard or sweep machine then consider passing his guard on your knees.

Practice this concept and be adaptable! Learn to use them both and choose the appropriate approach for the situation and watch your success rate of passing the guard climb!

March 28, 2012

Week Three

Week three is staring of great – energy levels are through the roof and feeling happy and stress free! As has been our routine let’s give you an example of day’s menu.

Breakfast – Honeydew Melon Smoothie

Lunch – Corn Soup

Dinner – Veggie Burger on Wheat Bun
Prepare two veggie patties according to directions and top with a slice of fresh avocado – lettuce, tomato, onion if you choose. NO condiments or cheese! Enjoy with a glass of iced tea.

Fourth Meal – Egg White Omlette
Scramble as many egg white as you like. Fill your omlette with a variety of fresh vegetables. No Cheese!

March 28, 2012

The Forgotten Submission

Gracie Jiu-jitsu offers techniques to attack every major joint in the body: elbows, shoulders, neck, knees, and ankles are all fairly common. Such attacks are the “meat and potatoes” of the jiu jitsu arsenal because they are high-percentage techniques with long proven track records of effectiveness. What about the forgotten submission? The submission that is so overlooked and underrated that when you apply it your opponent looks at you with a sense of utter bewilderment; the wristlock!

Without argument the wrist is the most under-attacked joint in grappling. Let”s face it; any time you are attacking the arm you have access to the wrist as well. So why not attack it? If your opponent is effective at defending the armlock you may be able to Desde entao, as mesas de blackjack en ligne contem 5 ou 6 baralhos de cartas, de modo a evitar truques como esses. switch to a quick wristlock and get a submission despite his efforts. Another great benefit of the wristlock is that usually failing at a wristlock submission doesn’t put you in a bad position, so you have nothing to lose by attempting them!

One important factor when practicing wristlocks or executing wristlocks during sparring: APPLY WRISTLOCKS SLOWLY! Keep in mind that the reason you are attacking the wrist in the first place is because the wrist is a small joint and thus susceptible to injury! If you slam them on quickly you WILL injure your training partners – and that”s not good mojo.

March 26, 2012

Bad Positions and Improving Your Game

There are few things more frustrating than be caught in a bad position and being unable to escape. Of course you learn hundreds of counters and escapes during a year of classes and in that year you rep each counter or escape hundreds of times during classes (if not thousands of times). However simply repping technique is not enough to prepare you to escape bad positions. You must drill escaping bad positions during sparring! How do you do this? Easy. Start your sparring sessions from bad positions! Starting out in an inferior position is a good way to rapidly improve your pin escapes and submission counters. It is also a great way to challenge yourself if your training poolo for the day consists of lighter weight or less experienced people.

Here are a few ways ideas to start with:

– Begin sparring with your training partner pinning you in mount, side mount or even rear mount. Have them attack relentlessly from that position and not just hold on for dear life. Reset when you either tap or you escape into a neutral position (e.g. guard or standing).

– Allow your partner in the armbar! Clasp your hands and begin working your defenses! If you escape reset – if you tap keeping trying!

– Start the round in the turtle position with your partner on top (no hooks) and with any grip he deisres.

– Allow your partner to shoot the triangle! Now work your escpaes! If you tap start again – if you escape allow him to get back to guard and shoot another triangle.

– Start standing with your partner grabbing both of your legs behind your knees as though he has just shot in on a double leg. His goal is to take you down and your goal is to escape or counter his takedown. (you could also do similar drills from a single leg, high crotch, low single, or double unders position)

Get creative and drills any other bad position you can think of; particularly ones that you have difficulty escaping from in sparring or tournaments. Similiarly get inventive with how you drill. You could simply start your sparring session in this position and if you escape then just continue sparring until the round ends or someone taps. Perhaps when you escape from your positional predicament stop and immediately go back to the same position. You and your partner can even try changing positions after each submission or escape so that you can both get the benefits of being on top and on bottom. Remember these drills benefit every body – while you are working on your mount escapes he is working on maintaining the mount position and attacking.

Keep in mind this method of training is not for those of you with fragile egos! Understand this: if you let people start in a dominant position you WILL GET TAPPED more often in training. On the other hand, your ability to defend against submissions and escape from bad positions will skyrocket so that when you do get caught in a bad position you won’t panic – Escaping becomes as easy as falling off a log!

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