The Forgotten BJJ Fundamental: Standing Up

 

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The Forgotten BJJ Fundamental: Standing Up

 

Many times when we begin our journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and many more times during the heat of a roll, a white belt can forget the option of standing up.

 

Standing up in base is an especially important skill if your focus is MMA or self-defense. If either of those is your primary course of study, the standing up option should be amongst the main tools in your arsenal.

 

For the BJJ practitioner standing up is extremely useful when going against a bigger, stronger opponent. It is much easier to simply get up and work passes then it is to start out playing guard, getting passed, working an escape, gaining dominant position and then submitting your much larger compadre.

 

By no means am I suggesting that you should never play guard against bigger and stronger opponents. Such is not the case. I am merely trying to add the standing up alternative to your repertoire of options. If there is someone in your class that constantly pulls the smash-and-pass on you. Trust me, you will love the standing up option.

 

Below are a some videos to show you the technique of standing up:

 

 

 

Check out the new Dillon Danis highlight (below) which demonstrates the stand up option in action at the highest levels. In Dillon’s case, and the case of people who like the kneebar/footlock game, standing up proves critical because performing these techniques can leave you in bad position if you are not careful.

 

 

Hopefully this article proves useful to you. Good luck!

 

Anderson Silva Back In Gi, Training With Ricardo De La Riva

 

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Anderson Silva Back In Gi, Training With Ricardo De La Riva

 

The two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts started training together in 2014. Anderson was looking to supplement his guard game in case he would need it against Nick Diaz at UFC 183.

 

“Ricardo De La Riva is the best in Jiu-Jitsu when it comes to the guard, in addition to being the master of my teachers. Sometimes when working on the ground, and work my guard I ask for help from Master De La Riva to sharpen my guard game” – Anderson Silva

 

 

That was fun to watch, but I wonder who tapped?

 

UFC Allows Aldo To Be Berated By Fans For An Hour In Dublin

 

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UFC Allows Aldo To Be Berated By Fans For An Hour In Dublin

 

I have been watching the UFC for many years. I have also watched many pre-fight press conferences and post-fight press conferences. Never before have I seen anything like today’s UFC 189 “press conference” in Ireland.

 

Most notably, there was only one member of the press who asked a question.

 

For almost an hour the UFC allowed drunken fans to have a microphone and a world-wide stage to berate one of the most dominant champions in the UFC. Fans were allowed to curse Jose Aldo up and down. Conor MacGregor was allowed to snatch Jose Aldo’s belt off the table and hold it up for fans, without recompense.

 

Calling this event a press conference was a joke. Calling it a circus would be more fitting.

 

The poise and demeanor of Jose Aldo was staggering. He sat there and took every hit from the crowd like a professional.

 

I was a Conor MacGregor fan. Now I hope Aldo kicks his legs off.

 

 

PS. As a side note, Conor announces in the conference that he will not be doing No Gi worlds in Europe in April like he said he would.

 

Gi Jiu Jitsu Techniques Modified For Street Fighting

 

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Gi Jiu Jitsu Techniques Modified For Street Fighting

 

Can some traditional Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques be modified to be useful in a street fight or self-defense situation? The answer is yes.

 

The first video is a great prelude that went viral when it was released. Following that are some videos by Draculino Team X members who have actually gone about modifying some Jiu Jitsu techniques that can be performed using an opponent’s t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie, etc.

 

 

 

 

The last video below is from UFC veteran Alan Belcher’s YouTube page.

 

 

After watching these what do you think? Is it viable to investigate the possibilities of using someone’s street clothing against them, in terms of self-defense?

 

Dillon Danis Talks About Facing Joe Lauzon At Metamoris 6

 

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Dillon Danis Talks About Facing Joe Lauzon At Metamoris 6

 

Joe Lauzon has excellent Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills. But Dillon Danis is amazing.

 

He is part of Marcelo Garcia’s “Brown Belt Dream Team” that destroys the competition at any tournament they attend.

 

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(Photo from Dillon Danis’ Facebook Page)

 

I have been following his progress since 2013. This 21 year old Parsippany, New Jersey native is about to become a huge star in the Jiu Jitsu world. He was well known before, but being invited to Metamoris 6 to face UFC crowd favorite veteran Joe Lauzon, gets him worldwide press coverage.

 

Since he is little known to the world at large, a casual fan might think that this match will easily go to Lauzon because he is an experienced Brown Belt with an abundance of UFC experience. Those fans should think again. Dillon is a 4 stripe Brown Belt under Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Marcelo Garcia.

 

Danis is a Jiu Jitsu purist while Joe Lauzon spends the bulk of his time training MMA, which of course is largely made up of Jiu Jitsu, but training to mix strikes in with grappling takes much time and mental capacity.

 

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(Photo from Dillon Danis’ Facebook Page)

 

I had a some questions to ask Dillon about this upcoming match-up and he was kind enough to answer:

 

WBBJJ.com: Danis thanks for talking with us about your upcoming Metamoris 6 bout against MMA veteran Joe Lauzon. So, first things first, how does it feel earning your spot on such an illustrious stage?

 

Dillon Danis: It’s surreal. I’m just a kid with a dream that’s fighting a legend In the UFC someone I admired growing up it just shows in life if you want something you got to go for it.

 

WBBJJ.com: I don’t know if you are allowed to answer this yet or not, but have you been offered an exclusivity deal with Metamoris as some other fighters have?

 

Dillon Danis: I really don’t know what anybody else’s offers are nor would I speak on anyone’s behalf. But my contractual and obligations with Metamoris are personal matters that I professionally prefer to keep private.

 

WBBJJ.com: Joe Lauzon recently stated that he does not think your match with him will go past the 5 minute mark but it will be a match that the fans will love. He also didn’t say who he thought would win. How do you see the fight going?

 

Dillon Danis: I think it will be a interesting fight Joe Lauzon has 17 submissions in his pro MMA career which is highly respectably but I will do what I always do, impose my game on him. I don’t know how, but I will have my hand raised.

 

WBBJJ.com: Will Marcelo Garcia be cornering you?

 

Dillon Danis: Marcelo is expecting a child soon. So unfortunately he will not be able to make it but I know he’s there in spirit watching from back home.

 

WBBJJ.com: Are you taking in any training with some unfamiliar faces? Or will you be doing all of your training at home with your team?

 

Dillon Danis: Basically all my training will be at MG’s but I will be training with some specific old teammates as well like Jim Miller, Jimmy Hettes and Brian McLaughlin.

 

WBBJJ.com: You are still a young guy with the whole world ahead of you. Any interest in moving to MMA in the future? Or it strictly going to be BJJ for life?

 

Dillon Danis: Yes I actually have an itch for MMA I think I will for sure fight one day just I don’t know when I used train a lot of MMA with a lot of high level guys and I think that has made me the fighter I am today.

 

WBBJJ.com: Alright well thank you very much Dillon. I know you are very busy so I won’t keep you any longer. Thank you very much for the interview and best of luck on May 9th!

 

Dillon Danis: Appreciate it, thank you to all that support me, my MG family, my sponsors and my family for the ongoing support!

 

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(Photo from Dillon Danis’ Facebook Page)

 

Below are some videos that will help you get to know Mr. Danis a bit better!

 

 

 

 

 

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