Friday, February 17, 2012

Ideal Situations in BJJ


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.
04 January 2010 @ 04:09 pm  
There is an ideal situation that arises in BJJ when you are doing everything right. It is very unique in that it always happens in this combination and works better than any other combination.

It's a situation where your opponent has to either defend his neck, or defend his legs. It's not like the catch wrestling mindset of fake the neck then go for lower body submission.

It is the strategists mindset of take one or the other but you can't take it all. You are forcing their hand.

It occurs when you are lets say on top. You are trying to pass guard and have managed to work a decent collar choke. For you to finish properly you must pass their guard but they are not allowing you. But you threaten it enough where they must act. They are now given a choice.
Defend their neck now yet risk getting passed and submitted at a higher percentage. Or defend the pass so they can't submit from a better angle, but risk giving up your neck now.

This is the ultimate advantage.

Same can be done from bottom. Guy is trying to pass but you threaten with a deep collar choke. He can try to pass and in passing free himself from the choke, yet risk getting choked now. Or defend the choke now, yet risk getting pulled back to full guard where the choke is even more dangerous.

BJJ is not a game of techniques, it is a game of leverage. Leverage would be the primary skill and techniques would be the secondary skills. Like wrestling would be a primary skill, takedowns would be the secondary. When you make the mistake of making the secondary skill your primary skill, you have put a giant hole in your game for someone with proper BJJ to walk through.

Also BJJ is not a game of points, it is a game of seconds. Let's say you pass, you earn points. Mount you earn points, get the hooks in from the back, you earn points. Points is secondary to time. Whenever you improve position, what that affords you is time. A few more seconds to submit. You have more time to submit from sidemount than you do behind their guard. You have more time from mount than you do sidemount. You have more time from back than you do mount.

In economics, its called cumulative advantage. By the time you are on their back, you are so many seconds ahead of them, they should surely be submitted. It's not about being moves ahead, you are always only one move ahead. You try to think more than one move ahead and you will go into mathematical jibberish, there is no way to account for all the variables that may happen. The old add age of BJJ, he thinks 10 moves ahead of me is ignorant man's explanation. Might as well say, oh he used magic.

Think of leverage, think of seconds. The ideal situation affords you both, gives you time, because you have the greater leverage, and in the psychological game of BJJ, you are forcing their hand and always putting them in peril. In the game gomoku, a good player threatens his opponent, no matter what move he makes.
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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