Monday, January 8, 2018

JiuJitsu Breakdowns That Changed My Game

IN addition to these links below, I watched and will always consume A TON OF COMPETITION FOOTAGE. I'll go back a few months later and rewatch all of a competitor's matches and see what has changed in my perspective and how it sits with what I've learned grinding it out in the gym for weeks and even months on end. It's amazing for example, how I thought about the knee through/knee cut/slice/whatever pass 6 months ago, or even a year ago, or before having to modify it to complement NoGi passing as of late.

The elements I looked for in finding pieces of guys' games that I wanted or parts of an athlete's repertoire that I wish to emulate is/was : something they repeatedly imposed on other high level competitors, even when it was known this was their A game.

Pulling something off in training, or against lower tiered opposition is one thing, but the concept of getting to it and forcing it continuously upon other elite level guys who are aware of its existence is proof in many regards as to its effectiveness. IN addition, I will find coaches and eventually guys with similar elements to their game who I personally know and will pick their brain about how and why the prefer the details of the move when they do it, and if they can, articulate how the move has changed for them conceptually over time.

Now that my time is consumed with NoGi training, the athletes I follow has largely changed. I follow competitors who compete in heel hook friendly (or unfriendly for the competition) events and am just starting to delve into reverse engineering a few things. Current interests are Hashimoto's match with Chantre at the ACB JJ event (Samir stalled and ran much of the match, not on the level of the Eddie Cummings match) but I was impressed with Hashimoto's leg pummeling and transitions throughout despite losing to the better gamesmanship of Chantre. My other current project is breaking down the distance mangement of the bottom player in NoGi and how we go about chaining together meaningful contact and grips in an era when many top players elect to flee, and dance, and pretend to engage but flee the moment anything really begins.

Lucas Lepri

Gui Mendes

Bernardo Faria

BJJ Scout - Leandro Lo DLR Counters/Passing

And last but not least, as a blue belt, I was at an open mat and rolled with a Brown Belt from San Francisco who happened to be in town who obliterated my guard with this knee pant grip backstep pass. I was so crushed by it that I slowly but surely and with a TON of trial and error/worked on it until it's now apart of my guard passing game both Gi and modified for NoGi. 

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