Where should my arms, head, hips, feet...etc. when grappling be to avoid getting submitted with a choke, armbar, shoulder lock or leg / foot lock?
Put differently, what is the safest Submission Prevention Posture or Postures?
I love doing things like that, simply because I'm no expert and I don't usually have the opportunity to train often enough to learn all the possible techniques that full timers do so what do I do? I focus on learning the most important common denominators between all the important postures and pressures in Brazilian jiujitsu.
The 12 submissions Stephan covers in the £2.49* app are:
1. Armbar from guard
2. Armbar from top position (mount or side control)
3. Triangle choke from guard
4. Omoplata shoulder lock
5. Guillotine choke from guard - Kesting guillotine choke defence YouTube
6. Arm triangle choke
7. Rear naked choke
8. Americana / V-armlock
9. Kimura from guard
10. Kimura from top
12. Straight footlock
Here's a nice clip: Defence and escape from the Rear Naked Choke:
For each submission listed above, Stephan and his partner demonstrate three solutions**: One centred around early prevention, one centred around early defence and escape and finally one centred around late reaction. As I explained, while I did watch every option on this grappling app, I only focused on the first segment: Submission Prevention. 4 results struck me:***
A. Keep your hands close and your elbow closer
B. Keep your knees close to your chest
C. Retract your neck and shrug your shoulders
D. Strive to keep your opponent out of your blind spot and to get into his
Here are a few pictures that demonstrate these postures and the relation between your body and the opponent's.
Note how both Saulo Ribiero and Chris Hauter keep their
elbows close to their hips and hands at the ready
to defend the collar - aka Combat Base
|Both arms in or both out: Caio Terra|
|Marcelo Garcia might be in one of the most dangerous |
closed guards in the business - Pablo Popovitch,
but his arms and neck are safe.
|Saulo again demonstrates the perfect back survival posture|
and escape: elbows tight to ribs, hands near face, neck retracted.
Submission Defence: How to Tap Out Less Often by Stephan Kesting and Grapple Arts is a very good app and I highly recommend it. At £2.49, it's a steal!
PS. I've borrowed the above photos from everywhere. None of them are mine. Peace.
*That works out to $3.99
**Plus several bonus vids to show extra details of the grips, positions and transitions
***This is what I found, but I'm sure you will find a million other nuggets of information.
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Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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