Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Takedowns for BJJ: Ouchigari Variations Explained with Competition & Training Footage

Got some questions about Ouchigari as it pertains to other throws and how it's used in competition.
Below are two examples of mine from purple belt.

First tournament example: I keep my opponent reaching with his left hand for a grip (having just stripped it). Also note his defensive posture and weight heavy on the left leg. I don't need to get him to step as his left leg nearest to me is a heavy/stationary target. I time the reaction as I attack that leg to then block his right foot at the ankle and drive him past it

Second tournament example: My opponent opts for a cross grip on my lapel but concedes a high shoulder/scruff grip. This grip (and him voluntarily circling the way I would've pulled him anyway, allow me to use a whizzer to consolidate control as I attack the Ouchigari on his left foot stepping toward me. I didn't need a kouchigari or follow-up technique as he was already adequately off balance.

The bonus of competing in BJJ is the poor posture and defensive stance that most players adopt allows for strong, controlling grips over the top, and stationary/slow moving feet which are honestly just sitting ducks for attacks designed to block/trip/knock down et cetera. The scoring criteria in BJJ for takedowns is nowhere near as strenuous at is in Judo. In BJJ, I just have to end up on top in a controlling position for 3 seconds (in most tournaments). Take advantage. With all the resets, and guys fleeing out of bounds, and lazy refs restarting on the feet, there are often multiple opportunities to score 2 points throughout the match. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Countering the Guard Pull/Defensive Posture: 3 Ankle Pick Variations

Particularly in the lower weight classes, the majority of competitors pull guard. Its as you approach lightweight (Lucas Lepri's roost) that you begin to see guys fight for top position (from largely static tie-up positions and neutral grips - but that is a topic for another day), at any rate, knowing opponents wish to pull, and don't really want to take you down but simply avoid conceding points as they make contact long enough to pull, what does this predictably present us at the start of a match and/or any out of bounds upon which we are reset to standing?

I actually hit/scored the 3rd version shown in the clip below my first match back this year after sitting out most of 2019 due to knee surgery, so, with drilling, and sensible analysis of what our opponents will present to us, new skills can be implement even after a long lay off away from competition.

Considerations about their desire to pull guard and posture tell us ---
The low squat places their weight over their feet, costing them mobility.
The head position over their feet, or even worse, leaned far past their hips/belt also makes this lead leg even heavier (and an easier target).

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

BJJ Scout's BJJ Digest - Kron Hype Train Derail(ment)?

Solid night of fights overall. Anders picked up a win in a fight that almost got away from him in rounds 2 and 3. Cub Swanson showed with dozens more fights experience he could piece up an opponent willing only to punch and try some jumping guard attempts from the clinch.
Joanna pieced up a smaller opponent in the clinch and at range. I was befuddled to watch Waterson overhook Joanna's arm (a taller opponent) and thus essentially pin herself against the cage with Joanna's diligent head positioning. The head/arm toss is not a thing. You only see it work with any success in women's MMA and even then, it's working even less and less.

Ribas looked legit against Dern who also struggled in Kron non-takedown land but Ribas had a much, much more clear advantage on the feet than Cub. Cub's volume and variety of targets above the waist got him the nod but Ribas dazed and tagged Dern throughout with jabs, crosses and immediate responses of a takedown/hip toss et cetera when she hung out in the clinch just long enough for Dern to begin to work her ground game.

It's a bit of a slowdown with that next card being in Singapore and airing ridiculously early US Time (8am), and after that we wait for the insane MSG card with the likes of Masvidal, Diaz, Gillespie, Lee, et al.