So What Happened Between Magomedsharipov vs. Davis?

After UFC 228, several discussions came up regarding what kind of Submission it was that Magomedsharipov pulled off against Davis?

It’s very simple; it was a knee bar.

A better question is why it happened?  Especially in MMA when fighters don’t tap unless they’re convinced they’re about to break in half.

This incident is an example of one of the three red flags often discussed in the TRUJITSU system. For those unfamiliar, Red Flags are used to evaluate the practicality of a technique working against an actual opponent, beyond just a friendly roll session. If a move has all three red flags it most likely will never work.

In the case of Magomedsharipov vs. Davis, a creative knee bar was successfully pulled off that involved one Red flag, and that Red flag was a “Delayed reaction”.

Let’s talk about what specifically happened, and what could’ve happened with one minor adjustment.

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At approximately 3:20 seconds of the second round, Magomedsharipov locked in high back control as Davis’ attempted to stand up. 

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Magomedsharipov maintained  a strong hook on Davis’ right leg and reached down for a knee bar.

Why it happened?

While everyone is discussing the awesome knee bar that took place, the detail that continues to be overlooked is the reason why the knee bar was able to stick in place. This detail involves Davis’ right leg.

The picture below explains the delayed reaction that made the difference in this leg attack.

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Davis’ right leg continues to stay bent.

 What could have happened?

Straightening the right leg would have made Magomedsharipov’s hook less tight, and would have enabled Davis to move his hip to the left, relieving pressure from his leg stretching, and most likely would have allowed him to wiggle out of knee bar. 

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One adjustment can make all the difference, however the more competitive the match, the narrower the window of opportunity is to make the adjustment. A delay in processing can allow opponent to solidify their offense.

 

Long story short, the red flag that made the difference here was a “delayed reaction”.

To be continued in detail on the TRUJITSU YouTube channel and the TRUJITSU show. Coming Soon!

​TRUJITSU repeats at JJWORLD League

After a short 6 week break, TRUJITSU representatives jumped back into competition for the Jiu Jitsu World League American Open Championship, however this time the circumstances were different.

Summer season is often slower due to extreme heat and seasonal distractions. Various obstacles made it difficult for most veteran TRUJITSU competitors to attend the American Open, however this gave an opportunity for a newer and younger group of TRUJITSU representatives to step up for the challenge.

The result was a First Place Academy trophy once again. Thank you to all  TRUJITSU representatives that made this happen. Those that stepped out of their comfort zone, (many for the first time), and those that helped their team mates practice the TRUJITSU game plan and concepts.

TRUJITSU concepts for the win!

#trujitsu #jjworldleague

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TRUJITSU Unified 

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Kylie Baker of TRUJITSU Bakersfield 

 

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Rick Watson of TRUJITSU Bakersfield.

 

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Victoria Suarez of TRUJITSU Bakersfield.  

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The TRUJITSU Revolution continues...

​TRUJITSU reaches top of the podium at JJWL

After a good day of competition at the Jiu Jitsu World League Los Angeles, TRUJITSU Unified walks away with 6 trophies.

TRUJITSU unified, with a team consisting of members from Bakersfield BJJ, Delano Jiu Jitsu Club, Blacksmith Jiu Jitsu, Outliers Jiu Jitsu, and Bakersfield PAL captured trophies in every category for both Youth and Adult divisions. Thank you everyone for your hard work and demonstration of TRUJITSU concepts.

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TRUJITSU Unified!  

  TRUJITSU Placing at various categories.   

TRUJITSU Placing at various categories. 

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TRUJITSU Bakersfield and TRUJITSU Blacksmith Win Academy Trophies. 

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Outliers Jiu Jitsu wins the Elite 8.

 

Thank you to these Champions and Finalists for their effort and work.  Congratulations!

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Champions and Finalists! Truplayers!

#trujitsu #trujitsuconcepts #trujitsuunified #jiujitsuworldleague

Outliers Jiu Jitsu Wins Big At JJWL!! Again

What Happens when you have a few devoted coaches working together with an absolute interest in the development and success of their students.

3 strait championships in a row! That’s what happens. Congratulations to TRUJITSU representatives Outliers Jiu Jitsu from San Diego California. Outliers Jiu Jitsu once again captured the Youth Elite 8 1st place trophy at Jiu Jitsu World League Champions Cup OC.


Thank you Professor Jeremy Barden, coaches Nicholas Coates, Vinny Coates and the rest of the Outliers family for your dedication. The results are amazing. http://outliersbjj.com/

#OutliersJiujitsu

#San Diego

#trujitsu

Learn the Concepts, Excel in the game.

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TRUJITSU reaches IBJJF top Ranking spot.

Professor Matt Baker would like to thank everyone that is a part of TRUJITSU Unified and all of his team mates for helping him prepare and once again put TRUJITSU at the top of the Ibjjf ranking list.

TRUJITSU concepts once again prove that you can science Jiu Jitsu.

Learn the concepts = Excel in the Game.

#trujitsu #ibjjf #ranking #trujitsuconcepts #albinoandpreto #doublegold

TRUJITSU Concepts at work.

Matt Baker wins Double Gold At San Jose open.

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Always Remember: A mount is an upside down Closed Guard.

Why do I lose control of my opponent as soon as I try to attack from a mount?! 

If you find yourself asking this question, you’re not alone.

Even though the mount is considered one of the more dominant positions, there are challenges when trying to attack your opponent.

The two primary ways to attack your opponent from the mount are by attacking the neck, and that almost always involves using both hands. (Cross choke, Ezekiel etc.)

And the other common approach involves attacking your opponents arms which requires a transfer from a straight linear top position to perpendicular top position. The only exception to this is an Americana/paintbrush that is easy to see from a mile away.

Both processes of attacking provide a window of opportunity for the your opponent to escape because you are ether committing your arms or shifting your weight off of your opponent when you transition.

So what is the best solution for attacking when you have a Mount?

To successfully attack without creating a window of opportunity for your opponent to escape you must implement two factors.

The first factor is to keep constant pressure.

The second factor is you create an angle.

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Always remember: A mount is an upside down closed guard. 

You wouldn’t want your legs loose in a closed guard, so think the same when you are holding a mount position..

Keeping constant pressure on your opponent prevents quick explosive movements, which is very important when going against an athletically gifted opponent.

They may be able to move and bridge, but if you are putting pressure on them, you will be able to slow down their explosive movement to a pace that you can process and if necessary adjust your body to maintain a top position.

The other key principle is creating an angle to stabilize and attack.

An angle creates two advantages.

The most important one is it gives you a better ability to post and bass out, which makes it almost impossible for your opponent to bump you from side to side.

The more they unsuccessfully try to bump, the more they become exhausted and careless with their arms. The attack opportunities become easier and easier as your opponent gets frustrated trying to escape.

The other advantage is that having an angle gives you a quicker opportunity to attack by either positioning to a hurdle mount or slipping around to take the back.

The illustration below shows the exact body positioning needed for an airtight mount game.

For more information on this subject, video clips can’t be found on TRUJITSUs YouTube channel. 

 

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When Both arms captured and your weight is high on your opponents torso you can choose to transition to Hurdle mount, or slide to back control.

to be continued.. 

Connecting the dots 12.5 (part 2)

Ok as promised, back to solving foot lock attacks, part 2.

Hide your Feet, Hide your Legs.

Defend your Feet! Continued..

Ok, once again imagine yourself getting ready to roll with an opponent that you know enjoys twisting legs and breaking Ankles. What do you do?

Here's a great idea? Pull Guard and play spider guard... ok just kidding.

That would be horrible. Actually every guard that involves your legs being upright and protruding forward is pretty much a bad idea against a leg lock enthusiast.

What guards should you play if you are on bottom?? Guards that hide your feet or allow you to hug your opponent's hips or torso. For example Sitting Guard or Quarter Guard.

However a common approach being used to attack the legs and feet is actually to catch the leg from a Guard position by using a hook to pull the leg or foot away from the body. That's why TRUJITSU rule #10 is important. As discussed previously, Always keep your knees in front of your feet when facing a leg attacker.

 

It's very simple, keep your feet behind your knee so it's harder for your opponent to reach your feet.

In addition to not letting your opponent grab your feet, don't let your opponent elevate and lift you or get under your base. This is another scenario that often happens when your opponent is playing X Guard. The Guard player lifts up the top player, scoops his leg, and then starts to attack the leg as he pushes the top players body away.

Words don't explain well, so once again please see the pictures bellow to better illustrate.

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The beginning of a problem. the left leg is forward and the foot is close enough to hook. 

 

 

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The Guard player collects the Leg. 

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The Guard player pushes legs apart and begins foot lock.

 

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The foot is now caught! 

This is another example of what not to do. 

 

*Please see illustration below on what to do to if your opponent hooks your Leg. 

 

 

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  If your opponent grabs your leg, first drop your weight.

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Bring your feet together. 

 

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Lock your feet together, and follow the next few steps to pass the Guard.

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Underhook the head and push your hips forward.

 

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Turn your body to face your opponent with your feet and legs still wrapped around your opponent's leg, then hug the top leg.

 

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Kick your leg free. 

 

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Complete the pass. 👍

 

Don't just survive their leg attack, use their attack to pass the Guard.

That's TRUJITSU!

Leandro Lo vs Nick Meregali, So what really happened?.

Leandro Lo vs Nick Meregali. So What really happened?


The 2017 Worlds is over and a lot of great matches took place. A few upsets, a few goofy calls, and as always a few lessons to take back to the classroom.


One of the matches to make a wave was the battle between Lo and Meregali. Lo was expected to win, however Metegali pulled off an upset victory. By all accounts Lo should have won, having the edge with much more experience, confidence having beaten Meregali before. Moreover, Lo is considered one of the best conditioned Jiu Jitsu athletes, and some might say he was a tad bigger then Meregali. Just a tad.


So what happened? Very simple, A "Reach under" sweep is what happened!

Why I am I writing about this? Because this is an example of a "TRU" technique.

A TRU technique is a move that once you catch your opponent in that move, that's it, they are stuck, and you are going win that transition regardless of how athletic or strong they are. Those that have been following the TRUJITSU revolution from the beginning probably recognized the "reach under grip" as it took place and aren't too surprised by the outcome. It's simply that difficult to get out, unless you are Superman and you can fly.


Jiu Jitsu constantly evolves, however the concept of grabbing the bottom of your opponent's Lapel isn't new. There are several Guard games that involve creative ways of grabbing your opponent's Lapel. Lapel guard, Worm Guard, and for those that have been following TRUJITSU from the early days you're most likely familiar with the Jiu Jitsu lab DVD series that came out almost 5 years ago and introduced Lapel concepts from the Sitting Guard. However the outcomes aren't always the same or as definitive.

It would be easy to make a 20 page lesson on this subject, and why some grips are better then others. But the point of these blogs is to be brief and still informative. So the best compromise is to say..

1. First, look at the picture below.

2. Ask, How was Lo trying to respond ?

3. Why did Lo feel he could stand up ?

If you analyze those 3 hints it will probably become more clear why the "Reach under grip" works so well. 


If not, well, just keep following the revolution. : )

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Ok, What really happened between Shaolin vs Florian?

Ok we are right in the middle of discussing how to stop Leg Locks, but this last weekend's match between Florian and Shaolin keeps popping up, so I figured it might be a good idea to bring up a couple of valuable points.

 

It's not too often I talk about fights or matches, however several comments and questions keep surfacing about this fight.

 

Just Minutes after the fight took place I had students asking if I saw the fight. The answer was no, and I wasn't in a hurry to watch because I figured it was just another case of someone winning and someone losing with both sides having fans emotionally invested.  What makes this interesting is that most of the comments on the news feeds are just referencing "The Choke", when there was much more that happened that lead up to the choke happening.

 

First it should be said that Kenny Florian is a good and knowledgeable Jiu Jitsu competitor. Moreover, he recently has done well in competition. I have never rolled with Kenny personally, but I do recall seeing some of his seminar material floating around on a bootleg DVD about 10 years ago that showed he had a solid well thought approach to Jiu Jitsu.

 

So what really happened??

 

The Answer...

High level Jiu Jitsu, that's what happened. Never forget anything can happen in High Level competition. There are details to be explained of course, but the simple answer is, "High Level Jiu Jitsu", where one mistake can set the tone for a bad outcome. Especially if the match has a time limit, which we will also bring up. I will go out on a limb and say if both of these competitors fought again, the outcome might be a bit different, if not, at least it would be a closer fight. Both of these competitors are talented and deserve respect.

 

Ok, let's talk specifics.

 

Those of you that get to hear my rants on a regular basis already probably recognized a certain detail at the beginning of the match. Florian was trying to lead with his hips and stay out of the range of Shaolin's guard. This is becoming more common and my prediction was that this would be a standard practice to stay out of range of your opponent's guard.

What happened next?

Sitting guard is what happened next!

Now before you think I am going to spin this discussion in to "Why you must learn sitting guard," I want to remind everyone that Sitting Guard also has its down side or "kink in the armor."

The only hint I am going to give you on that is to look at the last frame of the exchange shown below.

However, where Sitting Guard does benefit is from the Fulcrum or pivot point you create with your knee. The knee creates the sweep not the foot hook. Notice where Shaolin inserts foot to position knee against Kenny's torso. Shaolin executed the sweep with an overhooked arm which probably made the sweep easy to underestimate. Usually the overhook allows the top player to pass by creating an angle, however in this case the fulcrum created by the knee is the variable that changes everything.

The images below show the progression of the sweep.

When discussing this match, this first exchange set the tone for what would happen next. Of course we know the match ended with a clock choke, however that choke may not have ever happened if Florian didn't feel the pressure to catch up on points or attempt a sweep that wasn't ripe yet. The other key was Shaolin's continuous grip on Florian's pant leg that limited options from The De La Riva guard.

Why did Florian keep an open guard? Because he probably felt the need to create movement because he was behind on points. 

That lead to the long step pass attempt, then scramble to recover guard,

then hip switch to turtle,

then came the clock choke.

Those that compete have probably recalled the feeling of being in Florian's situation. In competition a rough start can create a ripple effect.

So much can be taken from this match. Not just the conclusion.

If you ever watch a high level match and wonder why both competitors are so cautious, this match is a good example of why.

 

The difference between Butterfly and Sitting Guard is the placement of your knee against your opponent's torso.

 A few observations to take note, that will probably seem familiar to those already following TRUJITSU. 

A few observations to take note, that will probably seem familiar to those already following TRUJITSU. 

1. The Sitting Guard is easy to underestimate.

2. t's never good to be behind on points in a short match.  

3. Don't allow your opponent to control your pant leg when your guard is open. 

for those that have asked my thoughts, hope to his helps. 

Now let's get back to the Leg lock stuff. 

Leg Lock attacks? No problem. Let's connect the dots again. #12

Ok..

Here we go again.

It's been a while since we have "blogged". Forgive me, but you should be watching TRUJITSU on YouTube anyways : ).

If you have been, then you probably already realized that's where my focus has been. Thank you by the way.  However.. some still like the reading stuff, so I decided to throw another one or two on the table.

 

What better topic to elaborate on than the latest TRUJITSU rule # 10.

Here is what it boils down to. If you decide to jump into the latest "sub only" tournament, and your opponent likes to attack your feet or legs, then never let your toes line up in front of your knee.

Words may not explain this easily so I have decided to break this into two segments, and as always include pictures to better illustrate what we are trying to accomplish.

 

Long Story short, follow rule 10 and your Leg Lock issues probably start to disappear with little effort.

 

To explain in the simplest words, keeping your knee in front of your toes frames your leg and tucks your feet away from your opponent's hook. If your opponent can't hook your leg, they lose the opportunity to attack your leg or foot for that matter.

To help illustrate this subject I called upon two of my favorite Jiu Jitsu ladies, Jill and Kylie Baker.

 

Below is an example of one scenario where it is important to keep your knee positioned in front of your toes.

The first sequence shows Jill successfully hooking Kylie's leg for a sweep and leg attack.

 

Notice Kylie's left leg. This is a common occurrence from X Guard and single X. 

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This image below shows Kylie placing her knee forward and basing lower, which prevents Jill from capturing the leg.

 

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The beauty of Jiu Jitsu is that anything can happen. There are several approaches to attacking your opponent's leg. However the defense is often very simple in almost every case. To be continued my friends.. 

Don't Get out of line!

 Connecting the dots for success #11

" Don't get out of line! "

That statement almost everyone hears growing up, believe it or not, is a great reference for Jiu Jitsu defense.

 

Remembering that quote can be what saves you from some of the most common submissions and bad positions your opponent may put you in. Remember the TRUJITSU rule "more important than learning any 1 move, is learning the proper way to move". TRUJITSU is the scientific breakdown of Jiu Jitsu as a language, and this detail is for conversing your way out of bad positions.

 

When you look at the function of common submissions such as the Bow and Arrow and arm bar, the effectiveness of those attacks is almost completely dependent on the body alignment of both players being perpendicular.

 

Keeping it simple, when your opponent attacks, immediately line up your body in a parallel position with legs pointing the same direction and life gets easier.

 

This concept is simple and in some cases you may find yourself falling into this movement by coincidence when scrambling. However if you find yourself trapped under your opponent, paralleling your body should be your immediate interest.

 

To better illustrate, please see pictures below.

of a couple common scenarios.

1. When your opponent attacks your arm from side control.

Note: step 1 Body position is crossed.  Step 3 shows feet pointed in same direction.

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2. When you are trapped in your opponent's side control. 

 

 Once hips are parallel, the opportunity to reverse top player becomes easier. 

Once hips are parallel, the opportunity to reverse top player becomes easier. 

Long Story Short, stay in Line when trapped under your opponent. Unless you are playing guard, the more perpinndicular you are, the easy it is to control you. 


Connecting the Dots for success#10 "Be like the Mantis and Pray"...

Be like The Mantis and Prey,

or be like the Koala and sit?

What to do??..

For those of you that already have noticed the spelling error for Pray Mantis, thank you.

Now that I have your attention, let's talk about one of the most underrated Guards in the Jiu Jitsu Kingdom. The Koala Guard.

If you are wondering why this Guard is called Koala, look at the picture and note the similarities. This position often develops from sitting guard when your opponent decides to stand up. However there are several ways to initiate this position.

And once you do, the possibilities are almost endless because your back is off the mat and you have gravity on your side to create momentum. What people often overlook is how this position can take you to several other guards with literally 1 or 2 steps.

That's if you even need to, considering you probably will find easier options to knock over your opponent from Koala Guard.

Need a few examples? Please look below to better explain and demonstrate the perks of the Koala Guard.

 Here is an example of how to get to Koala Guard from De Lariva Guard. As Ben pushes down on Ian's leg the transition begins. 

Here is an example of how to get to Koala Guard from De Lariva Guard. As Ben pushes down on Ian's leg the transition begins. 

 Single Leg take down From Koala. This option works with or without grabbing their arm. However grabbing their sleeve provides several counter options.   See example below. 

Single Leg take down From Koala. This option works with or without grabbing their arm. However grabbing their sleeve provides several counter options.

See example below. 

 Koala rolling side sweep.       Long Story Short..   Sit up when your guard is compromised. The options are endless. Never doubt the strength of "The Koala".    Need more info? always remember to tune in to TRUJITSU on Periscope. 

Koala rolling side sweep.  

 

Long Story Short.. 

Sit up when your guard is compromised. The options are endless. Never doubt the strength of "The Koala".  

Need more info? always remember to tune in to TRUJITSU on Periscope. 

Connecting the dots for success #9 = Save your Guard!

Imagine this..

Your hands are tired, your legs are burning, and when you decide you can't handle the pressure any more, your opponent pins your legs to the floor and passes your guard.

Keep in mind you are exhausted, that's why your guard started to fail to begin with.

Does the match get easier now that you surrendered the pass? NO!

Now, on top of being Exhausted, you get to enjoy the pressure of your opponent crushing your chest.

 

How can this be prevented?

 

One simple rule, never let your back touch the mat if your guard is compromised.

To better explain, and to keep this "Long story short", look at the pictures below.

The person on top is in the same position. However the player on bottom is doing 1 thing different that makes a night and day difference.

Note: With your back off the mat your opponent  has much to consider before attacking you because he has less control. 

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The better you are at getting your back off the mat, the harder it is to pass your guard.

Even better, develop options that keep your back off the mat, for example Koala Guard. If you are not familiar with Koala Guard, please see picture below and stay dialed in for a wave of information on the way.

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Connecting the dots for success #5

Negate Your Opponet's Pressure!

The Art of "Framing"

 

 

Has this happened to you?

 

You're stuck in your opponent's closed guard.

You accidentally leave your head too close, then suddenly your opponent overhooks your arm, grabs a cross collar grip and now your fighting for your life against a wicked cross collar choke.

You attempt to pull your head away, but this allows your opponent to attack your overhooked arm!

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?!!

First, remind yourself next time to never fall in the "Strike Zone".

And If you are not aware of the "Strike Zone", refer to Blog #3 and stay tuned for the next couple of Blogs that will be discussing this  important subject.

 

Now, back to the task at hand..

 

There are several ways a cross choke is applied. However the most common application of a cross choke involves your opponent pulling his arms outward while applying pressure with his grips.

This is where "Framing" becomes a priceless concept you need to know. Framing allows you to structurally block or withstand your opponent's pressure, or in this case his collar choke attempt.

 Framing can be described as using your arms like posts to hold up weight or block pressure.

Need an example?

Next time you are at a beach, look at the pier. Thousands of pounds are supported by the wooden posts underneath, and that same structural concept opens doorways everywhere in Jiu Jitsu.

 Caught in the trap! A Cross choke with your arm overhooked.

Caught in the trap! A Cross choke with your arm overhooked.

Here are Steps to block the choke..

 Post knee up.. 

Post knee up.. 

 Place your elbow against your knee, and your palm against your opponent's upper arm. 

Place your elbow against your knee, and your palm against your opponent's upper arm. 

 Use your knee to push against your elbow and post your hand against your opponent's upper arm. With both your leg and arm working together your opponent's arm can not apply pressure for the cross choke. You have crushed the choke.         Photo credit: Justin Agee

Use your knee to push against your elbow and post your hand against your opponent's upper arm. With both your leg and arm working together your opponent's arm can not apply pressure for the cross choke. You have crushed the choke. 

 

 

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"Framing"  can be used in many scenarios. Below is another example of how to use a Frame against a smash pass.

 Post against your hip to stop your opponent from collapsing your legs. This often provides a few more seconds for a better guard recovery.  

Post against your hip to stop your opponent from collapsing your legs. This often provides a few more seconds for a better guard recovery.  

Never underestimate the power of "Framing".  

Connecting the dots for success #4

Tired of Getting Footlocked? Try this! TRUJITSU leg lock defense 101

Has this happened to you?

 

You're playing guard,

your opponent glances back, and BOOM! All of the sudden he's tearing your foot off.

 

Welcome to the world of leg locks, they're popular these days. Everything goes in cycles, and the season of leg locks is upon us.

Open guard players beware.

 

If you find yourself up against a leg lock enthusiast, here are a few helpful hints on how to survive.

 

First, Realize leg locks usually require 2 body movements from your opponent.

First being that they are able to use both of their arms for grabbing, the other being that their back must be able to pull away, arch or twist. In other words your opponent needs upper body mobility.

 

When your opponent falls back for a foot lock, a common reaction is to grab your opponent's lapel or neck.

The reasoning behind this is to prevent your opponent from extending their back and arching.

 

However, that's where your problems begins.

Here are 2 reasons why.

1. When you grab your opponents lapel, they have full use of both of their arms to freely apply a submission attempt.

And..

2. You are also relying on your grip strength to hold up against the strength of your opponents entire upper body as they pull back. It's just a matter of time before your opponent wins the "tug o war".

 

For a better result try this..

 

Instead of grabbing your opponents lapel, grab the sleeve of their secondary hand. Pull their sleeve and arm as close to your chest as possible. This will shut down your opponent's ability to pull away and arch their back.

Remember 2 arms are needed to finalize the leg attack in almost every case.

 

 This is not good! Your grip will eventually fail. Your battling one of the strongest mechanical body movements. (Dead lift strength)  

This is not good! Your grip will eventually fail. Your battling one of the strongest mechanical body movements. (Dead lift strength)  

Try this TRUJITSU defense.. 

 This Is more reliable. Control the secondary arm, and you will limit their ability to lock up and arch back. 

This Is more reliable. Control the secondary arm, and you will limit their ability to lock up and arch back. 

Next step:

Reinforce single handed grip.  

 Sit up, pull your elbow to the outside of your rib cage, and clamp down. 

Sit up, pull your elbow to the outside of your rib cage, and clamp down. 

Now counter.. 

 Now that you have shut down th attack..    Climb on top! And yes there is an arm attack,  but that's another long story. To be continued..

Now that you have shut down th attack.. 

Climb on top! And yes there is an arm attack, but that's another long story. To be continued..

Connecting the dots for success. #3.

The Power of "Negative" thinking. 

If you have read the previous topics, it is probably becoming obvious that "Space" is the Red flag I am trying to spotlight.

 

In most cases, space is not good. Once again, I stress most cases. There are a couple of exceptions.

One of those exceptions is when you're battling a guard player. Especially the open guard.

 

Keep in mind, if your opponent pulls guard, they want you to go forward. Why?

 

Let's think about this...

 

If Your opponent drops to the ground, and is willing to let you be on top of them, they probably are comfortable with being the "underdog". There's the first sign!

In most combat sports, the guy underneath is losing, However, in jiu jitsu, it is different.

 

2 reasons.

 

Reason #1, When you are on your back, you have 4 limbs pointing at your opponent, verses their 2 limbs pointing down at you.

Your limbs are your tools/weapons. So in this case the guard player has an advantage.

 

Reason #2, It's easier to conserve your energy on your back, as opposed to constantly driving into your opponent like a training sled, or idling in a lunging stance fighting for a window to pass your opponent's  guard. It's more energy taxing for a top player when they are up against a guard player that has an understanding of how use their legs or knee shield.

 

After considering these 2 factors alone, it's simply not that bad to be the guard player. To put it more boldly, the odds are actually in favor of  the guard player.

 

When the top player pushes forward, there is always the risk of being knocked off balance, especially moving forward against a knee shield or leg lasso. As the top player goes forward they must also be aware of arm attacks or chokes that are available from different directions.

 

Plain and simple, passing the guard is not easy, that's why it's the second highest point scoring transition in Jiu Jitsu. Every time you go forward, the guard player has a chance. So what do you do?

Here is the answer..

Don't go FORWARD!!

Back away! Simply move back and don't let your opponent play with your weight. keep your neck and arms away from the "strike zone" of the guard player. This is what we refer to as "playing negative".

Most of us learn from the start to pressure pass and try to crush our opponents guard, but there is no rule that says you have to go forward Into the guard player's grasp.

 

It's a natural reaction to go forward. However, you should make your opponent earn the position of playing guard, as opposed to just walking right into their traps. When you go forward, you give the open guard player a chance to play with your base and control your limbs. In other words, "Smash passing" is not the only way. Instead try to back away and exhaust their grips, and once their guard becomes loose, then try to go around, under or through the middle if they try to sit up.

Keep your eyes open for future demonstrations on this concept.

 

Long story short...

 

Take a few steps back, to have much more success going forward.

 The Risks of Moving Forward! 

The Risks of Moving Forward! 

 Backing out of the "Strike Zone". 

Backing out of the "Strike Zone".