Monday, September 26, 2011

The Eyes

Think of your hips as eyes, wherever your hips look, is where your center looks. Which is eventually the direction they want to go into. So whether I am upside down, sideways, or straight on, if my hips point at you, you are still within my guard.

The same is true with the head. Where the head looks, your center also looks. I have a special leash for my dog. It's called a "Gentle Leader." It's a more humane way to control your dog. It works by wrapping a harness not around your dogs neck where he will choke and pull against it but it wraps it around their snout. How it works is, it will turn the dog's head the direction you want the dog to look. Like horse reigns, that is how you will steer the dog.

So now back to BJJ, when you are holding someone down. When you look up (and this happens often) to look around, look who's watching you, or look at the clock, you are not only lifting your head up but you are also slightly lifting your weight off of your opponent.

When you take your opponents back, and you start peering around looking for your opponents neck or trying to see how he has his hands configured, you start to disconnect, you start to shift your weight and give your opponent an opportunity to escape.

This is why sensitivity and blind training (drilling moves with eyes closed) is so important. So you can feel the move, without having to shift your weight by moving your head around like my dog does.

In wrestling, you look into your opponent to finish certain takedowns. Your opponent crossfaces you (turns your head the other way) to stuff the takedown. Why would you then in key situations move your head around and shift your weight or redirect your momentum?


  1. This has me thinking about back control. nice post. thanks.

  2. thanks for reading Andrew. hope to see a lot more blog posts from you.

  3. thanks Sam.

    i hope to be writing frequently, thanks for reading!



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