Technique

Mount Attacks! And you can too!

Mount attacks seem out of fashion right now.  Leg locks and side control seem to be the attacks that are “in,” and for good reason!  Lots of really neat developments in leg attacks have made it to the mainstream jiu-jitsu communities, while side control attacks obviate the extra step of mounting your opponent and allow you to maximize your pressure while attacking.

But I prefer mount attacks.

So, without further ado, here is my mount attack YouTube playlist:

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Self-Defense

Why Jiu-Jitsu Works, or Why waste your time doing something else?

Jiu-jitsu, Karate, Krav-Maga, Taekwondo…they are all basically the same thing right?  A group of people get together wearing robe-like pajamas and break boards.  Usually someone is a “black belt,” and you refer to them as sensei or master or some other possibly Asian sounding term of respect.

If you’re nodding along you’ve probably found this website prior to embarking upon your jiu-jitsu journey.  Or, if you’re nodding along you may be a jiu-jitsu player who has encountered these assumptions from family and friends.

Well, jiu-jitsu is more than just another martial art, and not all martial arts are the same…or even equal.

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How BJJ is like Chess: Rock Paper Scissors Edition

Jiu-jitsu is an athletic endeavor – but it is one that requires a great deal of thought in order to be good at it.  As I pointed out in my earlier How BJJ is like Chess article this leads to comparisons between jiu-jitsu and chess – sometimes reasonable comparisons…sometimes less reasonable.

One facet of jiu-jitsu that feels comparable to chess is the tit for tat nature of moves.  If someone is mounted on you, you can try the upa escape.  If they are able to post their leg to prevent themselves from being rolled you can take advantage of that space to do the shrimp escape.  If they pinch their knees tightly to prevent the shrimp escape their base is narrow and thus more easily toppled over with an upa escape.

So…does this sequence show that jiu-jitsu is like chess?  Or is it really just complicated rock paper scissors?

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Self-Defense

The Structure of Self-Defense, Part 2 Fighting on the Ground

While Part One of this series dealt with standing ‘zones’ of self-defense, this article will address what happens when you end up on the ground.

Why do fights end up on the ground?

If you are 6’8 and have physique that Homer would have sung praises to you might think to yourself that fighting on the ground is literally and figuratively beneath you.  But being prepared to fight from the ground is a vital skill for the physically imposing as well as those of us with slighter builds for a very simple reason:

Usually fights end up on the ground because someone falls down.

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Technique

Where am I? A Beginner’s Guide to BJJ Positions

If I restarted as a white belt who knew no jiu jitsu, this is information I would hope to be given before my first roll.  Lots of attention is given to techniques, but it can be difficult to see how to use them if you don’t know where you are.  There’s a lot of knowledge out there about each position and its variations.  This is my advice for smaller people and women as a blue belt; I know it will change as I learn more and I will update this to share my new knowledge with you as well.

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