In this video John Lawrence from Hurricane Jiu Jitsu does an analysis of one of his student’s competition footage. Lawrence has a long competition history and his experience enables to him to see details in this video that I would have missed. He breaks down what it would take for this student to finish his sweeps and control his opponent better by controlling his opponent’s posting hand and stabilizing his opponents core by gaining grips on two opposing corners of his opponent’s body.
Excellent interview from Tim Krukowski (formerly of the band Sponge). I’ve been watching videos upon videos of Chris Haueter since his last seminar. So much good information out there from this guy, and he’s got great stories to tell. This is one of my favorite interviews with him so far. The topics range from art, to philosophy, to music, to jiu jitsu. Very entertaining.
I find myself getting stuck in north south and side control a lot lately (again). While searching for ideas on how to escape north south I found this video of Marcelo Garcia showing how to escape by getting back into side control. He says that he’d rather be in side control than in north south, so doesn’t mind escaping to that position, where he can work on escaping side control via an elbow push.
I just got back from a seminar put on by Chris Haueter at the Fight Gym in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This is the second seminar I’ve attended with Haueter, and I said the same thing last time, I wouldn’t miss a Chris Haueter seminar when he comes around. Both times that I’ve attended his seminars I’ve had several “ah-ha” moments, which totally makes the price of admission worthwhile.
This seminar we focused on the rear naked choke. We spent a little time in the beginning of the seminar after our warm up talking about how to control our partner when we have back control. Haueter spoke about the importance of controlling our partner’s hips by pushing our hips right against their tail bone and using our legs to keep their hips pulled back into ours and to the ground. We spent some time with our partner trying to escape while we attempted to hold them in place. It was pretty amazing how much control we had this way, without even really needing to use our arms that much to control their upper body. Typically we’re taught to get a seat belt grip to maintain control but by controlling their hips with our legs we didn’t seem to need that grip to maintain control.
John Lawrence from Hurricane Jiu Jitsu shows a pressure pass when confronted with a De La Riva guard. Pressure passing is my favorite way to pass so I’m especially interested in this way of beating the De La Riva. I have been trying to step out of it with varying success, I’ll be curious if pressuring in will increase my success with passing this guard.
Scott Burr from the Fight Gym discusses Kuzushi (unbalancing an opponent) from the closed guard. This is an important concept, not only because breaking an opponent’s posture is important when they’re in your guard, but also because doing so leaves you vulnerable to headbutts. I’ve almost received accidental headbutts when rolling from trying to break an opponent’s posture when they are in my guard, so I can imagine in a real fight that a headbutt would be a real option for someone if they wanted to do some damage from that position.
Check out the details in the video below:
Scott Burr is a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Judo Black Belt, Steve Maxwell certified trainer and a black belt in Kuk Sul Do. He is also the author of the novel “Bummed Out City”.
Neil Melanson shows how to finish a triangle when your partner’s arm is on the mat instead of across your body.
John Danaher and Bernardo Faria share details about how to strongly finish a triangle. Some great details here from Danaher regarding what actually makes a triangle work vs. what can interfere with the success of a triangle strangulation.
It sounds like they’re filming a new installment to the “Enter the System” series, and this one may be focused on triangles, from all positions. Exciting stuff!
Another excerpt from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai that struck me as especially relevant:
A certain person said the following.
There are two kinds of dispositions, inward and outward,
and a person who is lacking in one or the other is worthless.
It is, for example, like the blade of a sword, which one should
sharpen well and then put in its scabbard, periodically taking
it out and knitting one’s eyebrows as in an attack, wiping the
blade, and then placing it in its scabbard again.
If a person has his sword out all the time, he is habitually
swinging a naked blade; people will not approach him and he
will have no allies.
If a sword is always sheathed, it will become rusty, the blade
will dull, and people will think as much of its owner.
Sharpen your blades my friends!