The rolling toehold is a very powerful, very surprising attack. Here’s a way to counter it and shut it down when your opponent tries to do it to you. (more…)
Grappling uses muscles that don’t normally get a lot of attention in the gym. As evidence of this I’ll point to the muscle soreness in unexpected places that otherwise fit people experience when they grapple hard for the first time. (more…)
A reader asked:
Q:“How do I escape the Rear Naked Choke – I’ve tried all sorts of things and they don’t seem to work…” (more…)
Today I want to talk about a little move that has probably saved my butt at least a thousand times. I call it the Kick Out and if your game includes any standing guard passes I think it might deserve a place in your repertoire. (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:
We recently talked about some examples of good defensive posture when you’re on the bottom, achieving good posture when pinned under your opponent is the first, and often the most critical, step in the escape process. (more…)
Practitioners of submission grappling and BJJ quickly learn about the importance of posture in an opponent’s guard. If you have bad posture in the guard you will get swept and submitted all the time. (more…)
At first I thought that this particular question was going to be simple. Someone, let’s call him ‘Bob’, wrote me about extreme claustrophobia when trapped in a bad position:
“I am hoping that you can help me with problems of extreme claustrophobia while grappling. (more…)
A Reader Asked:
Q: I keep getting trapped in side control. Sometimes I can’t even get my hips loose to attempt an escape. Some of the guys I train with are really good and get so tight, epecially trapping my hips between their knee and arm, that I can’t move my hips at all. (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…)
There is a certain type of opponent who is best described as a compulsive leglocker. You know the type: no sooner have you put him in your guard than he flings himself backwards and starts attacking your lower body with ankle locks, toe holds, kneebars and other submissions. (more…)
Escaping pins is never easy: if you get pinned in a match, then chances are that your opponent is either pretty good (relative to you) or that you are tired. Either way, escaping pins is almost always difficult and tiring, but a few simple principles can make it a little easier. (more…)
There are two fundamental ways to escape from most pinning positions: escapes based on ‘shrimping’ style hip movement, and escapes based on bridging.
One common mistake I see among beginners is that they hold the bridge position for far too long. (more…)
As you may know already, I like leglocks a lot.I have applied hundreds upon hundreds of leglocks to training partners without injuring them.This week I am going to tell you about the ONLY person I have ever injured using a leglock. (more…)
The more complex a motor skill is, the more repetition is required to make it instinctive, smooth and efficient. Let me tell you a little story to illustrate what I mean. (more…)