Friday, May 21, 2010

Collar as a Rope Around Your Neck

Jiu Jitsu is more of an idea than a set of techniques. It's not about winning or losing. It's about taking the least amount of damage and using the materials you have on you or them to smother and submit them (at the very least stop them from whatever they want to do to you).

John Danaher once explained to me, that the collar is like a murder's rope around your opponent's neck. Think about that, he's around starting out with a noose on his neck. So why would you base your gi game around anything else? A hand on the collar and a grip on their sleeve is equivalent to having your opponent in a lasso, with the noose on his neck. The sleeve becomes the rope, your hand on the collar the hand on the noose.

So whether you are rolling gi or no gi, you have to use what's at hand. Holding their neck, their arms, overhooks, underhooks, etc. I think nothing teaches this concept better than the gi though. They say to master something you need 10,000 hours of practice. All the best no gi guys in the world have 10,000 hours in the gi. Even Eddie Bravo. I notice even with his guys, the best guys got their initial hours in the gi.

What better way to get better at grappling than you and your opponent starting out with ropes around your neck and seeing who can choke the other person out with it first. Not only do you have to be aggressive but be mindful of your own vulnerability as well.

You realize even with someone tugging you down and trying to throw you around, when on at least 3 points while moving you are strong. When not moving and stationary, no matter what grip they have it is easy to maintain your static base on 4 points. But don't forget about the rope around your neck, it can all change like that.

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