BJJ is not easy, nor is it meant to be. Sure you can learn and teach it in a variety of ways, some of which will make it easi-er, but it will never be easy. BJJ will always be a challenging endeavour. An example of this surfaced yesterday when two white belts asked if posting on the neck was a legitimate tactic, which I feel it is, or at least can be.

Before you bite my head off, please hear me out. I feel pressure against the neck is a cautious subject, a bit like heel hooks. If done properly, it is simply another tool in the arsenal.

Let of set a couple of parameters first: by posting against the neck I don't mean squeezing the throat but rather creating a frame with you arm/hand the connects against the neck or near it.

The objective of this is, and herein lies the detail, to:

1. Govern the distance.
2. Elicit a reaction.
3. A bit of both.

An example from side control top is threatening with a paper cutter choke-type pressure to clear the path for the knee on belly or enticing the opponent to open their closed guard and go for an armbar by posting against their neck with a straight arm, a risky albeit advanced tactic to facilitate the pass. The question is not whether it's legit or not, but rather "do you know why you are doing it?" But this post is about the challenges of BJJ/Grappling, not sneaky tactics. The reason I brought this up is because I feel such a tactic can freeze a jiu jitsu player up, at least the first time they are inflicted, and therefore it is important to learn how to handle it.

The villain behind this is usually the ego. Rather than deal with this obstacle, your ego starts whispering: "Boo! Dirty tactics! That's not allowed/legal/positive/nice...etc." and you freeze. I'll tell you what it is. It's an opportunity to learn, nothing else. It causes no damage*, permanent or otherwise, and you should be able to deal with it technically and intelligently once you get over the voice of ego.

Hmmm...maybe a video to illustrate? I'll get back to you.

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shakia harris said...

interesting post and congrats on the top 50

The Part Time Grappler said...

Many thanks for the kind words Shakia.

A.D. McClish said...

I can't remember anyone every doing that to me. Hmm...Maybe I didn't notice! lol

The Part Time Grappler said...

Haha maybe. I don't remember it being done to me either and then on my first match of my first comp this guy inside my guard was really trying to choke me with with my lapels with straight arms!

My coach was screaming at me to armbar him but I had never encountered someone putting straight arm pressure on my throat from inside my guard! At the gym people knew NOT to do that so I'd never experienced it. I'd only read about it and seen pictures so I wasn't ready for it when it happened.