What do you do when you can't finish a cross choke in BJJ? The beauty of BJJ is that it works. Naturally, BJJ will defeat those who don't know BJJ much more smoothly than against those who do know it. Every BJJ move has at least one counter (at least so I am told).
I mentioned in an earlier post that we should watch BJJ matches with a focus. When we focus our attention on one or two elements (also called memory anchors) only while watching a BJJ or grappling match we learn a lot more as we start recognising patterns of movement. For example, if every time an opponent has us in their half guard they start fighting hard to get the near underhook, we should make a note of that. It will come handy later on in our BJJ / grappling career.
I shot a quick video teasing with two alternatives we can go to when the opponent manages to counter and prevent our cross choke from the closed guard. The most important thing is of course to actually notice the defensive action and recognise it as a pattern. What you do from there is really up to your grappling creativity and that's part of the magic that is BJJ. What I have presented here in this BJJ video is simply two suggestions:
1. Taking the back from the closed guard
2. Triangle choke from the closed guard
What other ideas can you come up with from this particular BJJ position? What other patterns can you recognise when attempting the cross choke from the closed guard? How can you take advantage of these grappling movement patterns?
Finally, I wish to send a shout out to Mr Ken Primola and his gang at I Love BJJ and Takedowns101 for the huge passion and support they show to the grappling and BJJ community.
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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