27.5.11

BJJ / Grappling Tips: How to get better at BJJ overnight


Do you want to know how to make your jiu jitsu better overnight?

Do what I'm about to tell you and it will.

Choose a BJJ or grappling position. Let's take mount top for example. Now find out the best place to put your feet, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, hands and head when on top of someone in mount. This is called posture in BJJ speak.

You can find this by watching top level fighters, asking your BJJ team mates or even scheduling a private session with your BJJ instructor. Now ask a training partner to get under your mount while you assume this exact position (posture) and let them work to escape. Rather than try to stop them, simply:

1. just try to maintain the best posture or at least to return to it if you lose it (e.g. If they wrap your arm work to free it etc.).
2. watch and see what they are doing to escape and how they set it up, then work to negate their set-ups (their postures) while working to maintain your own posture on top of the mount.

If you take the time and energy to do that, I give you a money-back guarantee that your mount, or whichever position you worked on, will become much much better, overnight.

Now you might ask how you will recognise the best posture from the variety of places you could place your hands, feet, knees...etc. and while this is where a good instructor will be very valuable, there is a good way to measure: The best posture will give you the highest leverage, i.e. when in the best posture in BJJ, your partner will have to work harder to disrupt you than you will to disrupt him or her.

A good common example is postures where you keep your elbows close to your ribs, which is applicable from a variety of grappling positions: keeping your elbows close to you is always easier and more efficient than separating your opponents elbows from his or her ribs.

In this video, SBGi BJJ black belt Martin Aedma talks about how the combination of the correct postures and pressures make the core and heart of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu



An additional benefit is that many best postures are universal. The above example of tight elbows is excellent in escaping mount and side control but in the video below you see the awesome Demian Maia use it to pull of a nice triangle from spider guard.



Don't waste anymore of your valuable Part Time Grappler time. Choose one or two positions and do your posture homework.


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