How To Escape Side Control When You Have No Frames

 

A lot of newer BJJ players do not realize the importance of having frames when stuck in a bad situation. This video shows what do when you do not have those important frames while stuck in side control and both of your arms are out of position.

 

 

 

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Are You Scared To Shoot Takedowns?

 

“I’m a little hesitant on my shots. I hate getting extended in that position and putting myself at a disadvantage. Even if my attack connects, what do I do from there? I don’t know how they’re gonna react. What if my opponent counters with something I’ve never seen before and I give up points? Shooting also takes a lot of energy. What if I get tired? Oh well, guess I’ll just pull guard!”

If this sounds like you, then you’re not alone. This still happens in wrestling despite extensive amounts of takedown practice (except for the part where you pull guard, of course). In fact, it’s so common that you’ll occasionally hear this in Division 1 NCAA Wrestling where people are extremely cautious and hesitate to attack.

So, why is this a problem and how do you go about fixing it? Fear when shooting takedowns may stem from a variety of factors and it’s tricky in that there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution. If you address the following points, however, you should be in a good position to overcome these fears.

Technical Disconnect
The most obvious cause may be some form of technical disconnect between practice and competition. Maybe you’re not getting a good enough feel of the position because your partner is simply falling over when you try to execute a takedown. A little resistance (anywhere from, say, 20% to 50%) helps immensely in getting a feel for the takedown because it teaches you where to put more force or pressure into an attack when you’re met with resistance.

You might also simply misunderstand takedown principles, which is certainly possible. Some instructors talk about the techniques but not the reasoning as to why they work. Think of it as chess openings. At some point, you’re going to want to learn how the chess pieces relate to each other and why certain chess openings are more favorable in some areas than others. A takedown may seem complicated with many parts at first, but most of the time you can break it down into three parts: set up, shot, and finish. Often times, hesitation with shooting takedowns comes from not being sure how to finish a takedown after you successfully connect an attack. If need be, feel free to focus on drilling takedown finishes without the set up or the shot.

Uncertainty and a Lapse of Confidence
You may call it stage fright, performance anxiety, choking, or something else. Mark Cody, a division 1 NCAA wrestling coach, once said, “If you think, you’re in trouble.” One of his wrestlers had gone undefeated for the entire season leading up to the national tournament but started thinking about one particular opponent that he would inevitably face. It was his only loss of the season but it certainly cost him the 1st place finish.

Confidence is something that you can actively build up over time. Think of all the times you’ve successfully executed a takedown. Maybe this starts in the practice room; think of all the times you’ve practiced it, followed by all the times you were able to do it while sparring or during a live go. More effectively, you can think of all the times you’ve successfully taken someone down during competition. If you’ve got personal experiences in your mind of all the times you’ve taken down high level competitors in competition, you’re more than ready to attack.

Focusing on Getting Everything Just Right
During a practice session, you get to focus on every detail. In a competitive situation, however, that focus on every detail will slow you down and get you in trouble. Conscious thought can lead to hesitation, and that hesitation could be the split-second difference between a well timed shot or one that feels rigid and sluggish. If this is the case, you may often feel as if you’re “forcing” a takedown that’s not there. Make no mistake- it was there! By the time you decided to execute, however, it just wasn’t there anymore. At the beginner and intermediate levels, you may be able to get away with it. At the higher levels, those fractions of a second will matter.

Past a certain point of practice, you’ll realize that the technique has been integrated into your subconscious. You can do it with your eyes closed. You can do it without thinking. You can do it with seven seconds left in the match when you need to score the winning takedown to close out the match.

When you’ve got a solid understanding of the technique, have some sense of certainty in the positions you may end up in, and the confidence to execute, you’ve got yourself a go-to takedown. All that’s left to do is to clear your mind and let your body take care of the rest.

What is your go-to takedown and what steps can you take to improve it in practice and in competition?

Che is a former collegiate wrestler, member of Thailand’s national freestyle wrestling team, and current combat sport enthusiast. He writes about how to achieve higher physical and mental performance while being on a budget or a busy schedule. You can learn more about Che and his work at: https://chayoot.blog/welcome-to-chayoot-blog/

 

 

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Fundamental Postures When Passing The Guard

 

Posture is one of the first and most confusing elements that the BJJ beginner will face. Inevitably the first time you put a beginner in your closed guard they will raise their butt way up of of their heels and almost tip themselves over.

This video is so important for white belts because it gives the fundamental answers to this seemingly awkward position.

 

 

 

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8 Ways To Shut Down Guard Pullers Easily

 

Here are 8 solid options for standing vs seated, whether this happened from a guard pull, standing to pass or any other reason. The seated guard allows for many options for sweep and submissions, so having some solid preemptive options for shutting this position down is important. See what you think!

 

 

 

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What Is A Typical BJJ Class Like?

 

If you’re new to jiu-jitsu, here’s a one minute video about what to expect from your first class. Most classes start with a warmup; then the instructor will show techniques; then, the students drill those techniques (practice the moves with no resistance or very little resistance); and then we spar with full resistance.

 

 

 

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Awesome Video LOADED With Jiu-Jitsu Specific Exercises And Games! Great For The Academy!

 

This is a really useful video if you are looking to improve your conditioning for BJJ or want to introduce some new and fun ways to workout at your academy!

 

 

 

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Is Training Just Two Days Per Week A Waste Of Time?

 

Can you get better at BJJ training only 2 days a week, or are you wasting your time?

This is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu question I received from Instagram.

The person asking this question is training No Gi BJJ and has a ton of other interests. In general he’s just a fitness fanatic.

Because of all of these other things on his plate. He’s wondering if he’s wasting his time training 2 times a week of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

In this video I talk about how people mimic the extremes of BJJ like high level competitors. And it’s not in alignment for their goals.

BJJ competitions and grappling competitors are fascinating. And their performances inspire us.

And in turn, we enjoy emulating this style of training. Regardless of whether or not we intend to follow that same path.

And in the the case of the person who asked the question. He has a ton of other goals and interests. So it only makes sense that he would not be as invested into BJJ.

And I try to explain why training twice a week is not a waste of time and how it can even be beneficial for your training because it can create better focus.

If you’re in this situation with you’re training. I hope this video is helpful! Thanks for watching.

And don’t let competitions and the excitement of it shame you or make you feel guilty.
-Chewy
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One Huge Mistake Grapplers Make, And How To Drill To Correct It.

 

“I have seen the flaws in humanity. Stepping into someones guard and letting them establish grips is the most heinous by far. Mold yourself into the image of the perfect grappler and pray to the Jiu-Jitsu Gods for forgiveness and maybe they will have mercy on your pitiful soul. Sign up to the Church of Guard at https://keenanonline.com/ and repent.” – Keenan Cornelius (He cray đŸ¤£)

 

 

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Five Awesome Life Changing Effects Of Jiu-Jitsu

 

EIn this video I explain 5 of the best benefits I have received since trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Hoping to inspire people to try this amazing martial art, especially the ladies!

 

 

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