At a seminar I attended, martial arts legend Dan Inosanto once distinguished between
- the techniques used in a martial art, and
- the training methods used to develop those techniques.
These are different things! (more…)
Back when I was mostly training in Judo I heard that there were some traditional dojos in Japan where tapping out to a choke was frowned upon – even in club sparring sessions you were supposed to fight the choke right to the bitter end (more…)
One of my favorite expressions is that “jiu-jitsu is a game of inches”. Sometimes a whole match can be decided by the battle to move your hand one inch forward. (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: How do I escape the armbar when my opponent is crossing his ankes?
A: Crossing the ankles during the armbar is controversial, but is an effective way to shut down many of your opponent’s escapes. (more…)
The armbar, as it is usually taught, involves using BOTH of your hands or arms to control ONE of your opponent’s arms.
This two-on-one control can be used when trying to break through your opponent’s defenses, as in the photo below:
Submissions end fights, and sweeps take you from the bottom to the top. At first glance they seem like very different types of techniques, but this week I’m going to discuss how they sometimes merge into one another. (more…)
I recently came across a very detailed breakdown of a little known technique called the ‘reverse omoplata’. As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted it available on Grapplearts, so I went and sought permission from the author (more…)
Want to start an argument? Ask several grapplers whether or not you should cross your ankles when doing the basic armbar.
Many people will definitively tell you that you should NEVER cross your ankles. (more…)
There is a slightly wacky Kimura (chickenwing) defense that has saved my butt several times recently. I haven’t seen it described anywhere else, so I thought I’d share it with you this week. (more…)
Jiu-jitsu and submission grappling offer techniques to attack almost every major joint in the body. Attacks on the elbow, shoulder, neck, knees, feet, and ankles are all fairly common and have many high-percentage techniques associated with them. (more…)
OK, let’s talk about something really fundamental this week: armbars when you and your opponent have your backs on the floor (i.e. bellies to the sky).
Even if you are an advanced grappler it helps to review basic techniques. (more…)