Pinning is a weapon

Pinning is a weapon: We normally think of the submission holds of Jiu Jitsu – strangles and joint locks – as the weapons of the sport. This is because they are what do the serious damage to an opponent. There is a sense however, in which high pressure pinning can be a weapon also. They may not break joints or render anyone unconscious but done well, they certainly can create so much discomfort and claustrophobia that they can make inexperienced opponents submit and even experienced opponents so miserable that they will expose themselves to submissions just to escape that misery. Just as you put a lot of study into your favorite submissions, so to must you out study into your favorite pins. In particular learn how to control an opponent through his or her HEAD. Even though most of the heavy pins feature chest to chest positions, it’s not so much weight on the chest that makes opponents miserable as it is the use of their jaw as a lever to control their head. Next time you’re pinning your training partners take your time and let them simmer and cook for a while rather than rushing to the submission – you may well find that submission comes a lot easier when you finally decide to go for it

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The beginning of every application of a physical technique is the mental act of recognition of opportunity

The beginning of every application of a physical technique is the mental act of recognition of opportunity: Every time you go to apply a move or tactic in the sport of Jiu jitsu the first step is a mental one – recognizing that the opportunity is there to apply it. Learning to train your eyes… Continue reading The beginning of every application of a physical technique is the mental act of recognition of opportunity ...

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I had the pleasure of a chat with the crew at @londonrealtv a while ago and they will air the interview today. We discuss Jiu jitsu and my remarkable students along with some other related topics. Hope you enjoy it! ...

First contact

First contact: Every grappling match begins with the closing of distance and first physical contact, whether it be in standing position or on the floor – it greatly behooves you to have a plan in mind BEFORE first contact rather than make contact and see what happens. There are only so many ways the two… Continue reading First contact ...

In Jiu Jitsu no single pin will be final

In Jiu Jitsu no single pin will be final: Pinning in Jiu Jitsu is very different from other grappling arts. In most styles of grappling a pin can end a match if held for a period of time – but not in Jiu jitsu. Pins never end a match in Jiu jitsu no matter how… Continue reading In Jiu Jitsu no single pin will be final ...

Use all your options when passing half guard

Use all your options when passing half guard: Half Guard passing represents perhaps the most high percentage and versatile method of passing your opponents guard in the sport. Use it well and use it often. Whenever you choose to use it, be aware that you can pass in three directions. First, to the same side… Continue reading Use all your options when passing half guard ...

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I am very happy to announce the release today of my latest instructional video HALF GUARD PASSING AND DYNAMIC PINNING. As many of you know from watching my students, I am a huge advocate of forcing your way to half guard and using this a premier passing position due to the unique possibilities for the… Continue reading Untitled ...

If you can’t get under ‘em…knock ‘em backwards

If you can’t get under ‘em…knock ‘em backwards: A big part of my approach to open guard situations is to get deep UNDER an opponent so that you can lift and elevate them into vulnerable position from which attacks often succeed. Any kind of lifting attack will require you to get UNDER AN OPPONENTS CENTER… Continue reading If you can’t get under ‘em…knock ‘em backwards ...

The ultimate pressure pass – half guard

The ultimate pressure pass – half guard: There are two main methods of guard passing. The first is based on MOVEMENT. The idea is to move rapidly to an angle and close distance at a rate that your opponent can not keep up with. Good examples would be toreando passes, x passes, long step passes… Continue reading The ultimate pressure pass – half guard ...

Dynamic pinning

Dynamic pinning: Jiu jitsu has a very different conception of pinning from other grappling sports and learning to understand those differences is extremely important for your development and success. In most grappling sports pins are static and held for time and the pin itself can end a match. Once you get the pin there is… Continue reading Dynamic pinning ...

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Here, Nicky Rod amplifies the pulverizing pressure of his top mount game by separating his opponents elbow from his torso to make a transition from pin to submission much more likely. Make this a habit every time you get to a pin and you will immediately find you are much harder to escape from, move… Continue reading Untitled ...

Don’t be satisfied with the mere act of pinning – go the extra distance and isolate his limbs away from the torso

Don’t be satisfied with the mere act of pinning – go the extra distance and isolate his limbs away from the torso: It’s good to get to a classic pinning position like mount, side or rear mount, but that won’t help much against a well trained and mentally tough opponent who knows his escapes. Once… Continue reading Don’t be satisfied with the mere act of pinning – go the extra distance and isolate his limbs away from the torso ...

You have to be able to perform your favorite moves under any conditions

You have to be able to perform your favorite moves under any conditions: Usually when we drill moves it is under ideal conditions. Our partner is not resisting, we’re in a comfortable position, breathing comfortably, normal orientation, skin dry – but when it’s time to do it for real; it’s almost always under FAR FROM… Continue reading You have to be able to perform your favorite moves under any conditions ...

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If you can train yourself to survive any predicament in the gym, you can walk into any competition with confidence. Set some time to subject yourself to the stress of bad positions and situations. Staying calm and composed under stress is a skill that can be learned like any other, but you will never learn… Continue reading Untitled ...

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YOU! Yes you…that was the worst arm bar in the entire history of arm bars…you could go back in a time machine to feudal Japan and observe in fast forward all the arm bars performed since the thirteenth century and you would not see a more feeble attempt at an arm bar than that one!… Continue reading Untitled ...

Passing half guard – head control

Passing half guard – head control: The final stage of most forms of guard pass is to get control of the head and shoulder. In most cases you begin by passing the feet, knees, hips and then finally getting a hold of the head to complete the pass. Half guard passing is very different. In… Continue reading Passing half guard – head control ...

Heels and toes

Heels and toes: Jiu jitsu is a subtle game. Sometimes the smallest actions can have deep consequences. A good example is the significance of shifting an opponents weight on to different areas of the feet. A well balanced person has the weight going down through the center of their feet. All that changes when you… Continue reading Heels and toes ...

Distance control

Distance control: When you first go to engage an opponent from seated guard there are a lot of variables that will influence how you will engage. Some of these variables are within your control and some are not. One that often is within your control and which has great importance, is DISTANCE. Depending upon what… Continue reading Distance control ...

Don’t stay on your knees in a closed guard – stand up and open it

Don’t stay on your knees in a closed guard – stand up and open it: One of the most common problems i see beginning students struggle with is opening a closed guard. On the surface it feels like you are better off staying in your knees as you are stable and can retract your arms… Continue reading Don’t stay on your knees in a closed guard – stand up and open it ...

Building your repertoire

Building your repertoire: When a young musician develops, a big part of that development is building a repertoire of musical pieces that they can play extremely well, a good gauge of their developing maturity as an artist is the growing extent of their repertoire. As a Jiu jitsu athlete, you are as much an artist… Continue reading Building your repertoire ...

When to be tight and when to be loose

When to be tight and when to be loose: when it comes to physicality, Jiu Jitsu is a game of contrasts. There are times we need to be loose and relaxed and times we need extreme isometric tension in order to be effective. Learning to balance these opposing demands is a key requirement for your… Continue reading When to be tight and when to be loose ...

Get a good bite on the leg

Get a good bite on the leg: Probably the single most common error I see young athletes make when entering into cross ashi garami to get an inside heel hook from bottom position is failure to rise up from the floor high enough to capture the leg close to the hip. Don’t be satisfied with… Continue reading Get a good bite on the leg ...