My Problem Period with Wrestling Based BJJ Takedowns

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So I’ve told you about the upsides to having Wrestling to work in unison with my Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

 

Would you like me to tell you the downside of it, and tell you about a time when I struggled to score the takedown? 

 

When I was. . . at times. . . forced to pull guard because I had no other battle ready technique at my disposal?

 

Well then, here goes.

 

My Wrestling Takedowns in BJJ Stopped Working

Starting at around about the time of my Purple Belt. I found that the arsenal of takedowns that I used from White to Blue began to flicker out when I had matches in the Gi (No gi wasn’t an issue).

 

By flicker out I mean, sometimes they’d work, and other times they wouldn’t. 

 

What determined this in large part were the use of the grips of my opponent’s. As many of you know. I went on a sort of Grip Fighting adventure later on in my BJJ career.

 

But at this point I was struggling. 

 

This KILLED my morale during a match. 

 

I’m sure it would be kind of like a tank hitting another tank with a direct hit. There’s smoke and some cheers from the crew. And then through the smoke and fire emerges the same vehicle pressing forward. 

 

I’ve read memoirs of men speaking of this sort of thing and the way their heart would just sink into their gut.

 

This is what it felt like during the middle of the battles I’d find myself in during a match. 

 

I’d fire off with my old tried and tested takedowns. And after exhausting them all. My opponent was still standing ready to go.

 

And it would be at these points during a match where I KNEW it was going to be a long slog of a match.

 

There would be no easy victory and I was doom to play on my opponent’s movements. A reactive game. . . which is always a terrible thing.

 

Sure I could defend takedowns effectively but I wasn’t able to get them myself. This resulted in terribly boring matches where myself and the opponent would dance around back and forth with no real progress.
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[My 1st Purple Belt Competition]

 

To give you an idea. . .

 

During my 1st Purple Belt competition. I couldn’t take down my opponent in the finals who was 30lbs lighter than me. Which is a shot in the gut for someone who prided himself on having good takedowns.

 

I beat him only after he pulled Guard.

 

I tried several takedowns but his grips stopped everyone of them. One of his grips was so strong that it tore the collar of my gi.

 

I Felt Embarrassed to Win This Match

 

Another match in particular at Brown Belt, which was probably one of my low point in regards to takedowns played out like this.

 

It was a 7 minute match. Myself and my opponent locked up. . . and we spun around in a circle with half assed takedown attempts on both sides.

 

I eventually got an advantage for an ugly high level double leg attempt. Then I stalled out for a minute to win (I stalled because I was scared of losing. Another story for another time).

 

I won and ugly ugly match. . . by an advantage.

 

As the ref raised my hand I looked down at my feet in embarrassment. I even apologized to my opponent after we shook hands following the decision.

 

Not only was I afraid to go for the win. I couldn’t even use what was once my best asset for competitions.

 

TAKEDOWNS!

 

It was like I had lost part of my identity. 

 

2 Friends Helped Me Recover My Takedowns in BJJ

Following this match and for the next 2 years I went deep into redeveloping my takedowns to involve the style of fighting that I was encountering.

 

During this period, as is the case in many cases. I was able to pull myself together and make things happen. But only with some serious help.

 

1 came in the form of a Japanese judoka and BJJ Purple Belt who opened me to proper grip fighting.

 

The 2nd came from my past. My old training partner (who outranked me in the beginning) and the person whom I owe my Chewy nickname. His name is Mike.
Mike was a talented wrestler. An All American Wrestler in High School and wrestled for a Division 1 college (for those of you outside the U.S that means he was good). He was also a Purple Belt in BJJ at the time of my funk.
Mike was also one of my original battle brothers on the mats.

 

He was one of my 1st training partners.

 

He was in my corner cheering me on during my 1st competition.

 

And in the beginning he was sort of the verbally abusive older brother that would rag on me

 

and at the drop of a hat would be there for me if I needed anything.

 

He was also the one that gave me the nickname Chewy (after I spazzed out on him). The nickname started off as “You big dumb wookie.”

 

Mike and I have been through a lot over the years. . .
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[My 1st competition]
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[Me Whispering Sweet Nothings Into Mike’s Ear before battle]
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[Mike and I double medaling together in 2010)
During this funk of mine. . .

 

Mike ran Wrestling classes at the gym which I started coming to wearing my Gi.

 

We worked together to adjust the wrestling he and I had learned to make use of the grips or at least get around them.

 

The result of this was fantastic. 

 

I came back from this period with a newly developed style of takedowns that had been blended with my style of Wrestling and BJJ. It was a hybrid style of standup that had been pieced together for BJJ.

 

As I continued to compete. . .

 

My effectiveness with takedowns began to shoot up.

 

I found myself scoring takedowns left and right. And even using Guard Pulls in a more aggressive and takedown oriented manner.

 

At the same time I was teaching everything to my students and I watched them flourish as well. Everyone from White to Black.

 

And. . . I’ll tell you. It was nice.

 

It was nice being able to step on the mat and know that I COULD take the match where I WANTED it to go. If I wanted to get the takedown I would. If I wanted to play off my back against someone, I would.

 

I was able to dictate my destiny on the mat, rather than play reactionary to someone else’s attacks.

 

It was on my terms. Even when I lost. In most cases, I lost on the battlefield positioning I had chosen.

 

Most People Don’t Have Reliable Takedowns for BJJ

 

This is contrast to many who compete or even roll like I used to. 

 

They lack a true step by step approach to their takedowns.
 

 

They dance around aimlessly with no real focus. 
 

 

They can’t score the takedowns that they want. 
 

 

And they’re either forced to pull guard or they have ugly matches that leave them frustrated, like I was a Brown Belt. 
 

 

Worst of all is that many are scared of takedowns all together for fear of injury.

 

And I believe this is due to the fact that most people LACK a systematic approach to their takedowns. 

 

You don’t want to be any of these people do you?

 

Right now, I’m doing an early release of the system of takedowns I developed for my game and for my students.

 

It’s a great system of takedowns specially designed for the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu player.

 

I’ve included both Gi and No Gi variations in the hopes that you don’t end up like I did. Great in one sub set of BJJ and poor in the other.

 

Even if takedowns just aren’t your thing and it’s an area that makes you uncomfortable.

 

We can make them your thing!
-Chewy
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[Me, exhausted but victorious, and $1000 richer. Due in part to my ability to dominate takedowns in the Black Belt invite division]
BJJ takedown won me this one

 

 

 

 

 

The Gi Confused Me During My 1st BJJ Match ( Wrestling for BJJ )

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1st BJJ Match

My 1st match in BJJ has kind of a funny story behind it. I didn’t know how to stand properly! I had not idea how to use my Wrestling for BJJ.
The picture above is from that match.
1st, I was wearing my coaches BJJ gi. The gi that I had didn’t have any team patches on it, so he insisted that I wear his.
So I have this gi on and it still feels completely foreign to me. I had wrestled and so grappling felt fine. But I really hadn’t worked in the gi that much. And so I felt kind of out of sorts.
In my 1st match of the tournament I was placed in a Pigtail match. For those of you who haven’t wrestled this maybe a foreign term. But basically I had to win a match just to get into the normal bracket.
I’ll never forget it. I walked up to center of the match and as I stood there waiting for the ref to give us the go ahead to begin the contest. I didn’t know how to stand. 
 
Didn’t know how to stand???
Of all the things to be focused on right before the match started I was like, “How do I stand??? I’m not in a singlet, I’m in a gi!!!”
So what do I do? I for some reason decided to stand like my favorite 2 dimensional video game character. Ryu from street fighter. Even writing this I feel like just palming my face and shaking my head.
For some reason, since I had the gi on I felt like I was supposed to stand very different to my normal wrestling stance.
I had somehow completely ignored the whole tournament around me to notice the close resemblance to wrestling. I had completely forgotten that I had rolled in the gi from the feet a bit (granted I had only been training for 2 weeks at this time).
And while there are some adjustments needed to crossover the Wrestling to a BJJ match. It looked more like a wrestling stance then Ryu from street fighter.
As soon as the match started muscle memory took over. . . thank god.
I locked up in a traditional head and arm tie. From there I did a duck under, achieved a body lock on my opponent and lifted him into the air and brought him to the match and secured a Keylock / Americana for my 1st BJJ win in competition.
I would go on to place 2nd in that tournament. I won 3 matches in total. All by the same method. Takedown to side control along with an ugly keylock.
The match I lost was against a superior wrestler who put me on my back where I quickly reverted into a turtle lying on it’s shell in the sun.
Why am I sharing this story?
I’m sharing this amusing story to illustrate a few things.
1. Even though I was out of sorts in my heavy cotton pajamas. The muscle memory I had developed from drilling and wrestling took over. When I couldn’t think straight, my body simply just acted. 
2. After 2 weeks of BJJ I was able to do incredibly well in my 1st competition. On basic takedowns and top control alone. 
As I’ve progressed I’ve always felt comfortable on the feet. And being able to control the takedown games more times than not has allowed me the advantage of either going for the takedown or even shaking things up and pulling guard aggressively and throwing off my opponent who expects me to wrestle.
As a coach, takedowns are something we work on every single week. And our team does very well with our ability to achieve the takedown but also our ability to counter wrestle. We aren’t satisfied to lay on our backs and let someone achieve top position. They’re going to have to fight for it!
And in a couple of days I’m going to open up my favorite takedown techniques that I use in my own gameplan and takedown system, as well as the most valuable and easy to use techniques from the feet that work with my students.
I’m excited about it because after several surveys. Takedowns, wrestling and how to work from the feet seems to be a area that many of you want more knowledge from, and I’m excited to help.
I’ll continue to share more details about the video series and I will be Launching it this Friday for those who are interested, November 17th.
As I’ll be explaining. I’m doing a short opening window for the 1st launch because I want to work with a smaller group more directly to get feedback and do some live events.
But more details will come soon. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the story of me struggling in the gi for my 1st BJJ competition match.
Talk to you soon!
-Chewy

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Quitting BJJ Because It’s Hard? (What Did You Expect)

Have you ever been frustrated and contemplated quitting BJJ? This is a situation a buddy of mine, Mike (who is a coach), is having with one of his students.

In the situation. There are two BJJ White Belt students. In the video I’e attached, I call them Student A and Student B. Both have about the same training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu but yet one of the students seems to be flourishing while the other is having trouble at every turn. One has won several competitions while the other hasn’t even won 1 single match.

This problem has recently become even more pronounced when the Bjj practitioner with less time under his belt was bumped up to a higher skill level at a BJJ tournament while the other stayed at the beginner level.

The White Belt student who was moved up to the intermediate level for the competition won 2nd place while his training partner lost again.

My buddy Mike who coaches Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a friend of mine. Was asking, “What would you say to a student who is in this spot and is on the verge of quitting BJJ?”

So in this video I try to address this sort of issue where someone is thinking about quitting.

Has any BJJ Black Belt Ever Said It’s Going to Be Easy?

Firstly, I would ask someone who is frustrated.

“Did anyone ever tell you Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was easy?”

I mean , has a BJJ Black Belt ever told you that it  was going to be easy? Oftentimes Black Belts will say that all they are is simply a White Belt that never quit. And that is the truth in many cases. And even for those that were naturally gifted for BJJ training. What they are trying to say is that to succeed in BJJ, you have to have perseverance. You’ve gotta be willing to get into these tough situations and be ok with that.

Along with that, in this video I share some details about how I was in a similar situation early in my start as a grappler, and have been many of times and how I’ve dealt with it.

Anyways, watch the video! I hope it helps!
-Chewy

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I’ve been talking about this order for a while on my YouTube Channel and it’s finally here!

I’m super excited about this!

My students and I have been rocking the Grey and Black Gis for over a year and we love them. And through the videos a lot of people have expressed that they want one.

I’ve been super busy with seminars, teaching and my own training that I haven’t had a chance to get it going.

But starting today we are launching the gis!

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BJJ Tournament

Prove Your Doubters Wrong ( 1st BJJ Tournament )

Do You Remember your 1st BJJ Tournament or Competition

Do you remember getting ready for your 1st Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition or tournament? Do you remember the nerves associated with preparing and getting ready to step out on the mat against a complete stranger ready to go 100%?

If you do, then you remember it’s scary!

I remember my 1st Wrestling match which was my 1st taste of competition anxiety and the self doubt associated with it. It was tough. I didn’t feel like I was getting ready for a sports competition. I felt like I was preparing for my end. I couldn’t even imagine life after the tournament. It just consumed my thoughts.

 

White Belt Getting Ready For His 1st BJJ Tournament

Our White Belt friend Alex, recently sent me a message asking about how to deal with the fact that he is nervous for his 1st BJJ tournament. But in addition to that, and making it worse, is the fact that his friends who do not train are incredibly negative and telling him he isn’t good enough. This si tough because they are his friends and so their opinions are very valuable to him and mean a lot. So this is hard for him to deal with.

Keep in mind it’s his friends who don’t train Brazilian Jiujitsu that are vocal about his abilities. Not his friends that do train. He says that his friends who do train are incredibly supportive. In fact, they say he’s going to do incredibly well.

What To Do With Doubters

In this video I talk about various situations I’ve experienced in my life where doubters were there, ready to cut me down. Experiences like losing weight, stepping into BJJ and MMA, getting into the gym business and even starting my YouTube channel.  I’ve have doubters in everything I’ve ever done in my life that was difficult but contained a worthy goal. And in many cases the doubters were the people that I truly care about the most. I share how I dealt with these issues and how I overcame them.

Hopefully this advice is useful to Alex for anyone who is struggling with doubters in extreme situations like a Brazilian Jiujitsu tournament or anything that’s challenging in their life.

Thanks!
-Chewy

P.S the passage I referenced in the video was. . .

“As you proceed through life,
following your own path,
birds will shit on you,
Don’t bother to brush it off.”

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I Used BJJ in a Street Fight and BJJ Gauntlet

 

I’ve really enjoyed these random questions with Chewy. It’s a little more of a relaxed format than my normal long Chewy rambles.

In this video the 2 main questions are:

  1. Have I ever been in a Steet Fight? / Have I ever used my BJJ in a Street Fight?
  2. What’s my opinion on the Belt Gauntlet in BJJ?

I rambled on pretty long about these two questions, sharing various experiences I had. But I found them interesting.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in a Street Fight

I know that Brazilian Jiu-jitsu being used in street fight situations is always an interesting topic. This is particularly due to the origins of BJJ. It was promoted as a fighting system and means for self-defense. Which it is! But overtime there has been an increasing focus on sport and BJJ competitions because of the fun factor.

I’ver never really been a self defense minded person. Mainly, because I knew the power of taking a combat sport and using it in live situations. One of the biggest benefits combat sports can give you for a fight is the ability to deal with stress and the chaos of a fight.

In the video I share 2 ways I used BJJ and Combat Sports to win a fight and avoid a fight!

 

The BJJ Gauntlet

The Gauntlet in Brazilian Jiujitsu is a bit controversial. Some people claim it’s brutal, barbaric, awful, etc etc. I tried to touch on my idea about it and share the reasons why I like it and why I continue to do it. Both as a practice for my students and why I continue to do it as a person. I still walk the gauntlet myself!

If you have thoughts on the gauntlet, list them below and share your ideas.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this sort of random question video. It’s a different format that the typical ones. But hopefully it’s entertaining.Everyone has seemed to like them!

Thanks for watching!
-Chewy

 

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Intensity Wave

Why It’s Good to Lose Intensity with Training

Recently I got asked a question about regaining the intensity of training following a big MMA match. Although the analogy that I use could be geared towards any martial art or any sport really. Because as I’ll talk about in a second, every high has it’s low and has to come down.

 

So our friend who asked the question, we’ll call Bob because he wishes to remain nameless.

 

Bob said, he had an MMA fight in his hometown in front of 1500 people. He won his fight in the 1st round by Guillotine Choke. It was great! He said he felt better than he ever has both mentally and physically.

Intensity is needed for the fight

The problem has come following the fight. He says after the fight he cannot recapture the intensity he had leading up to the fight.

 

I think we’ve all felt this way sometimes right? You were just killing it. You’re body felt great and then for some reason you lost that drive to train for some reason. Maybe you know why, and other times you don’t.

 

In Bob’s case, it’s clear why he lost his drive to get after his MMA training. He fought and rode this wave to a super high point. Rather, he is the wave and he build himself up to this big peak. If you guys have ever won an MMA fight. . . it’s an incredible high.

 

And a intense high like that can’t last forever. Eventually it has to come down.

 

Going back to the wave analogy. Think of a wave. It undulates. Up and mouth in a certain rhythm. It’s the duality of nature really. There’s an up and down, give and take, and ebb and flow.

 

And when a wave moves closer to the shore and builds up to a peak, and then what does it do? It CRASHES into the land! Just like Bob and his fight. He worked himself during his fight camp to a peak and then came CRASHING into his MMA fight. Winning in impressive fashion.

 

After the crash of the wave onto the shoreline. What happens with the wave? It begins to recede backwards. And then it will eventually build back up sending another wave crashing to the shore.

 

Don’t Fight The Downward Wave

 

Bob is experiencing the downward undulation following this crashing on the shore. And when you find yourself in this situation, you  have to go with it. If you fight against it, you’re only going to weaken you’re future potential. If you fight against this natural rhythm and continue the climb for more intensity. Eventually instead of riding a wave down, you will come crashing down via injury or just complete exhaustion and burnout. Instead of fighting to get back to this red hot intensity. Ride the wave down.

 

I know because I’ve been there before.

 

As a MMA fighter or BJJ competitor who is obsessed with getting better. This downtime can seem infuriating and counterproductive. But if used right it can be one of the best points for growth in your game.

 

During this period of downward undulation when you’re in a more relaxed stage. Use it as a time to bring in new weapons into your game. Use it as time to grow and evolve.

 

For me, whenever I didn’t have an MMA fight looming over me. Or even now. When I’m not actively preparing for a BJJ match our tournament. I use it as time to play around with different techniques and options. Expanding my available avenue of weapons. Consider it research and development.

 

Then once a battle is looming on the horizon and I have to ready myself for the conflict. I sharpen my blade and prepare. That’s fight camp, that’s tournament prep. It’s grueling and focused around the A game and improving your ability to execute the weapons you have in your arsenal. Not necessarily to bring new ones into the mix.

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Really Good MMA Fighters and BJJ Competitors Evolve

 

If you watch really good MMA fighters from fight to fight to fight or BJJ competitors from match to match. Watch how they evolve. They’re not the same forever. They continue to change and grow.

 

During this period of lower intensity. Work on evolving. Work on growing. When there is no fight fueled nervousness or anxiety associated with training where you’re questioning yourself, “am I doing enough?” Be a sponge and just soak it all up. Learn as much as you can.

 

This way each time your wave of intensity builds up. You’ll come crashing further and further down the shore. So that hopefully you can realize the true potential you have in you which will represent the high tide of your life.

 

But if someone fights against the natural current of their body for too long. The tide will recede further and further back till eventually theres just calm waters.

 

So if you’re in the same situation as “Bob” and you can’t get your intensity back up following a big win or competition.
  • Remember, this is normal, there is nothing wrong with you. Rather it’s the natural wave you’re a part of.
  • Instead of fighting the wave as it slides down. Go with it and use it to facilitate growth in your game by bringing new techniques and weapons into your game.

 

I also created a video on this subject!

I hope you enjoyed the esoteric wave rant. Hopefully it made sense!

-Chewy

 


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You’re Going To Lose In BJJ Tournaments, Lose The Fear

You’re Going To Lose In BJJ Tournaments, Lose The Fear

When it comes to BJJ competitions there are very few guarantees. There are a few though. One fact or guarantee is that you’re going to lose. Yes, you’re guaranteed to lose in BJJ tournaments at some point or another. It’s just how it is.

Just saying that stings the ego a little doesn’t it? But it’s the truth. Even the superheroes of BJJ have lost matches. They may have not lost many but they’ve still lost.

At the 2016 IBJJF Master Worlds. I scored a win against an opponent I had previously lost to. And I felt compelled to post not just my win, but also my loss against him.

While this goes against what my ego would like to do (it would be much easier to post just my win, and that be it). I think it’s important to highlight the fact that we all lose and when it comes to BJJ tournaments. Because if you lose it’s not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean you suck at BJJ, it just means you lost. Also, it’s not always who’s better at Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Sometimes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions it’s about who plays the game the best.

Forget About Losing In BJJ Tournaments

So if you’re afraid of losing and that fear is keeping you from competing. Realize how silly that is. You’re being fearful of a forgone conclusion. You’re going to lose at some point. But there is also the chance that you can win and experience victory. But the only way you can do that is if you get out there and put yourself to the test.

No sense in fearing something that is bound to happen at some point or another right?

Instead, if you’re fearful of competing because of losing. Take all that energy and thought and put it towards how you can win.

So get out there and compete in BJJ if you want to. Don’t let fear stop you.

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Am I Ready For My 1st BJJ Competition?

I was recently asked by John D, “When will I know I’m ready to compete in BJJ?”

This is such a common question I get from my newer students who haven’t competed in wrestling or other 1-on-1 sports.

The people that get into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that have competed in other 1-on-1 sports know that a part of it is simply doing it. You’re going to be nervous and second guess yourself and, honestly, you’re not going to know you’re ready. But you just do it anyways.

This is especially true for your first BJJ competition. You won’t know you’re ready for something you haven’t done yet. So it’s only natural that you’re going to second guess yourself and wonder when you’ll feel ready.

But again, you’re not going to know. There isn’t some magical feeling that comes over you to inform you of your preparedness. It’s not a video game where you advanced to the next level and then can move to the next stage.

So for your 1st BJJ tournament you’re not going to know you’re ready. You just have to get out there and do it.

 

BJJ Competition Game Plan If You’re An Over-thinker

If you’re one of those people who is a little more anxious or an over thinker. Like myself. Then something you can do is make a simple BJJ competition game plan outlining at least one move from every major position. Making sure you have at least 1 takedown, 1 guard pull, 1 escape from every position, a sweep series, submission series.

In essence you want to make sure you know exactly how you will approach the match from start to finish. This way you don’t have a moment of, “oh shit. . . what do I do now?”

Because trying to think about the techniques you’ll use during a match is the completely wrong time. When you try to think in that ultra stressed out mental state. Your mind is scrambled and it’s just not happened. You’re in a much better position if you have a game plan in place that takes some of the thinking out of it for you and allows you to adjust and react quickly.

And what’s strange is, by having a game plan in place for your BJJ competition. It takes out some of the nerves associated with the tournament. Having a game plan and KNOWING what you’re going to do does wonders for helping ease and relax you prior to the match.

So there are a couple of tips.

Hope the video was helpful!
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Simple Trick To Breaking Grips With Armbar From Mount

Simple Trick To Breaking Grips With Armbar From Mount

So, you’ve got an Armbar from mount but once you’re on the side trying to finish it you find that you’re unable to because of your opponent’s grip.

armbarWhether they grip their gi or just grabbing a bicep. You just can’t seem to get rid of armbar defense they’ve put up. Then eventually during the fight they manage to make their way out of the armbar and get free.

Victory was within sight, you had the submission. But as so often happens in BJJ. Your opponent countered and now you’re back at square 1.

Has this happened to you?

Sure it has. It’s happened to just about everyone. I know that for me. One of the reason I started using the grip adjustments I show in this video is because one of my training partner had iron grips. I could get the armbar. But for the life of me, if he secured his grips. I just couldn’t break them.

Over and over again this happened. I would sit to the side and start trying to tug away at the arm and he managed to find his way out of the armbar.

Eventually I had a light bulb moment. Instead of fighting his grips after I’ve already sat back for the armbar from mount. What about if I did something to fight the grip before I sat back.

Since then, this has been one of those little tricks that I keep up my sleeve if I’m dealing with someone who has crazy strong grips that I fight with.

If you’ve been in the frustrating situation of fighting grips after you sit back for an armbar from mount. Try these grip adjustments out.

I also show a simple setup for the armbar from mount that anyone can use.

Armbar From Mount Video

I hope they help!

Thanks!
-Chewy

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