Friday, February 17, 2012

The Checklist from Bad Spots

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
15 July 2009 @ 03:42 pm

When I am in a bad spot, I have to:

  • Survive and not get submitted 
  • Create space Escape 
  • Land in a safe position.
There was this one position I was having position with where once i got stuck in it, they would pass my guard and so I had someone start in this position and I tried to brain storm and I asked him for feedback. Basically its a pass position where they have their shin from their driving knee pinning your bottom leg down and they have a grip on your collar and they put all their shoulder pressure on you and slide and pass.

So I tried everything and everything sort of worked til he resisted or dropped his weight on me.
So running down my check list I can survive here and not get subbed. But I could not create space to escape.

If I try to push him away he would put his weight down on me and it would be like a bench press. And if the guy was much bigger it would never work. I tried a single leg but he kept beating me on the scramble and I don't want to make it a game of who can get up the fastest. I tried leg working, underhooking, sweeping, and nada.

Then I asked myself this. How do I create space? I have 2 options, I can either move him or...I can move myself!

That was the answer.

Create space 
A: Can I move him?
B: Can I move myself?
It's like what Ghandi said, be the change you want to see in the world. I can't change others but I can change myself. I can't move him but I can move myself.

So I hip escaped backwards and it worked every time. The gap between us was so big it was easy for me to get back to a neutral position.

Then I tested it out and immediately it made my guard that much harder to pass!
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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