A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be on the mat at the Gracie Academy out in Torrance California when Ryron was giving one of his first introductions to a 4-pronged approach to grappling and jiujitsu. He saw me intently taking notes and started laughing. Knowing my intentions, he asked me to not publish them immediately so, 2 years down the line, I feel I've honoured my promise.
In a nutshell, he explained that he approaches every exchange with these objectives:
- Defend: anything the opponent may try to throw at you: including distance management
- Escape: When the time is right, escape the bad position
- Control: Using 3 methodologies (explained below) control the chaos when you are in a dominant position
- Submit: only if it fits within the grand objective of survival. It's not always necessary to submit.