Friday, February 17, 2012

Transitions and the In Betweens

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.
23 February 2010 @ 10:44 pm

You know how sometimes people say, I caught him in a transition or I can only catch them in a transition. Well what does that really mean? Let's break it down because it really makes no sense and it's misleading.

You typically always catch them while they are moving, and there are no moves that are not an actual move. I think what people really mean is this, they catch them when they make a mistake of undercommitting. I myself am notorious for this. I think mainly because my jiu jitsu game is known for being efficient but at the same time often lackadaisical and lazy.

I get caught when instead of let's say pushing too deep or not going in at all, I push shallow. Or instead of coming high or low, I come in the middle.

For instance when I am playing bottom half guard instead of coming into them high with an underhook or really low to get their leg, I come somewhere in the middle and sometimes it works, and sometimes I get d'arced or guillotined.

So when these "transitional" submissions happen, they aren't really in any transition. It's when one player undercommits and moves in between 2 moves. Like I catch it a lot when people drive into me and they don't come with their head high or low, in the middle and I get a guillotine on them. They think it was a scramble and so did I, but if it's a scramble, you just say oh it happens and there's nothing to fix. But there are no scrambles in BJJ, everything happens and exists. You just happened to undercommit and do a move that's inbetween moves, just being sloppy.

When do you get caught in closed guard? When you are neither postured or smothering them. When can a good player take advantage of this? Time it so as you are coming up but still somewhere in the middle he catches you with an up and over or a triangle. Those are the only times you get caught in transition, but it takes really good timing.
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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