Tuesday, September 27, 2011

You Vs Your Opponent

Your goal, based on if you are attacking or defending changes. If you are attacking, your goal isn't to simply pass the guard, get chest to chest, sit on their chest, then submit.

It's even more basic than that. It is to get a tighter and tighter squeeze around their body. If they are on their back and you are standing up, you will start out with just their pant legs. So you are pretty far from each other, and barely have a connection, you are not squeezing them tight yet but you are starting to pull them in.
As you drop your weight, your elbows bend, you get close to their body, you are pulling them a little closer, squeezing a little tighter. You are not in half guard, you have their partial waist. You are pulling tight, squeezing their waist. You manage to pass their guard, now they are even close to you, you are squeezing more and more, you have chest to chest. It's hard to pull them in any closer to you, into your squeeze unless you get parallel to them.

So you do, you get mount. You are low, squeezing and coiling and wrapping like a snake. Squeezing their head with your arms, squeezing their hips with your knees. Then you finally isolate their arm or neck and squeeze that as tight to your own chest as possible. Either breaking their arm or choking them out.

So its like a big lasso. You started out with your arms opened wide and pretty straight. Then your arms closed in a little more. Then a little more, each step of the way. Arms closer and closer to your chest, with them in the middle of this lasso of course. Moving from the hip, to the chest, to the neck or arm (sometimes both). You don't have to necessarily squeeze with your arm strength, it just means getting tight. You can use your weight, gravity, your hips, legs, etc. But without a good squeeze, you got no pressure, you are too far from them.

What does your opponent want to do during this whole squeezing, tight, pressure, mess? He wants to do one thing and one thing only. Separate.


  1. i always say when I'm teaching, the Guard Passer wants to take space, the guard player wants to make space.

    another great post.

  2. thank you. i just added mastery into my queue!

  3. I'm going to be putting a reading list on my blog, maybe you'll find a few more on there in your interest. :)

  4. love those. hence my blog. big into efficient thinking.

  5. added note, seems we both like the talent code.

  6. In the words of the great Fred Rosenbaum... "Charles Sanders is one of the few guys I can actually submit here".

  7. ya, i read Talent code, talent is overrated, bounce, outliers etc all in the same month. I now have no idea which book was which. I'm pretty sure Talent Code was my favourite, though. Changed the way I teach. that and "Coaching for Performance".

    have you read "the art of learning" by Josh Waitzkin?

  8. I have read every book you have listed except for coaching for performance. And a lot of other similar books related to the field of improvement and growth and thinking better.

  9. Matt Thornton refers to coaching for performance as the bible of straight blast gym....soooo I thought I should check it out.

    Any recommendations from your list? favourites?

  10. Zen in the art of archery. The inner game of tennis. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. the fighter's mind. 4 hour work week. freakonomics. think and grow rich. the unfettered mind. art of war...i got a million more lol.

  11. check, check, check, check, (4 hour body, but not week) check, nope, will find, check...haha..



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