The Twister is a flashy and hellishly effective submission made famous by Eddie Bravo.
It’s now illegal in IBJJF competition, but it shows up sometimes in submission grappling and you’re even starting to see it in MMA!
If you catch your training partners in it – carefully and gently of course – then you get major bragging rights and some instant ‘mat cred.’ (more…)
Marcus Soares and Denis Kang demonstrate a Half Guard Pass and a Cervical Choke. (more…)
Yesterday I was training my side mount escapes. My partner and I repeatedly started with me pinned, and then we worked until I got out or until someone tapped.
This may seem like a flashy technique, but it definitely works. It can be used standing or on the knees to get to a match-ending neck lock submission. (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…)
In the previous article we discussed some of the most dangerous submissions in grappling, and ended with the question of how one can train these submissions realistically…
The easy answer “slowly, gently, and with control”. But even with this advice people still get hurt, so obviously more explanation is required.
Not all submissions are created equal: some cause pain, some put you to sleep, and some do a lot of damage. Today I want to talk about the latter category, those submissions most likely to send you to the orthopedic surgeon. (more…)
A Grapplearts reader writes:
Q: “What are the true dangers of neck cranks?”
A: It is funny how many clubs ban leg locks but allow neck cranks. Necks are under a lot of stress in grappling, even under ‘normal’ conditions (more…)