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.
18 September 2009 @ 05:28 pmAbout the Author:
For the longest time I have not shared one of the critical revelations I have made in BJJ. I made it when I was a 2 stripe blue belt. It's only something I shared in private lessons lol. Call me a capitalist but when someone pays me I hold nothing back. But now I think about it, this journal is actually more for myself. It is my own personal log of my jiu jitsu journey. So here it is.
BJJ is broken down in 4 paradigms and it happens normally in this sequence. Grips, Hips, Base, Leverage. That's BJJ summed up into 4 words and 4 key values.
In that order then you get a catalog of jobs to do. Never should there be a moment of confusion because you should be working your way down that sequence.
- Grips- Get your sleeve and collar grip and do not allow him to get his grips. Always maintain a point of contact on your opponent.
- Hips- Point your hips toward your opponent and point his hips away from you.
- Base- Make sure you have good base by maintaining 3 points of contact to the ground. One or even 2 of those points can be imaginary points. Like if your bouncing on one leg defending a take down, the reason you can hop and not be taken down is because your body imagines 2 other points of contact and is hopping around those points to maintain that center of gravity. This may be hard to master but wrestlers who ever based off their head are masters.
You can work forward or back. If you don't have the leverage go back and fix your base. If your base doesn't improve go fix the hips. If that won't go fix your grips then work down the line again.
- Leverage- Now you are in a good position to exert your leverage and tip your opponent over in some way to get a sweep or submission.
Anyway that's enough for now. I will expand on this later. I think though for this blog to become more productive I have to do what I did for my journey. Give it some kind of purpose and deadline. I will think about this as the days come.
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.