You’ve probably rolled against some guys who were roughly your own weight but felt unbelieveably heavy. Like breath-stealing, soul-crushing heavy.
So how do they achieve that pressure?
It’s not as simple as just eating more and bulking up. There are 3 main technical ways to increase the weight and pressure on your opponent that anyone – even smaller, lighter grapplers – can use to make their pinning more effective.
Here’s a video I shot with 3 tactics to increase top pressure and crush your opponent. It’s mostly focussed on side control, but the tricks and concepts covered apply to any pinning position.
Learn how to make yourself heavier here…
If you’re curious to learn more about the 6 major positional hubs of BJJ along with the major attacks, transitions and escapes from each position check out the Roadmap for BJJ instructional that I put together.
This is bread and butter jiu-jitsu, and is equally relevant for self defense, MMA, and BJJ training.
Another really good resource for people trying to make sense of the frames, levers, and biomechanics of jiu-jitsu is The BJJ Formula with Rob Biernacki.
This instructional is divided into 4 volumes, including the core concepts of BJJ, an analysis of the bottom position (including the guard), the top position (including guard passing), and the back position.
These are two resources that really go into detail on all the key positions and concepts that make up BJJ so you’ll have a clear mental map to help you master the art.