Over the last month, at 10th Planet Van Nuys, we’ve been working hard on our guard passing. If you have been keeping up with my blog, you’ll know how important I consider guard passing to be in our sport. See my post “Passing the Guard is 80% of Jiu Jitsu.” While working on our passing, many students will start to come up with combinations, details and even sometimes never before seen techniques on their own. This represents the “art” portion of the “martial arts.” I promote students to come up with a style that is unique to them. That way, they can express themselves as individuals. If we didn’t, we’d just see a bunch of robots, all doing the same moves night in and night out. I could see that getting boring really quick. There’s many kinds of shapes, sizes, attitudes, philosophies, techniques, likes, dislikes, and different attributes that can go into making up your style. The sheer number of possibilites in Jiu Jitsu can be mind boggling. This is what makes it exciting.
Below is a cool combination of 2 techniques that flow right into each other. Mr. Mike “Lobes” Frausto and his training partner, Huge, go over one of the guard passes we’ve been working in class. He added to that one of his favorite submission set ups that he learned from the Mendes Brothers, the flyover anaconda choke. Some moves work better together than others. When done right, they can flow seamlessly. Other moves take more tweaking to make them work as a sequence. It’s all a process of seeing what works.
This technique below just so happened to be one of those moves that worked out well. We were excited to show it off after its discovery during a brain storming session, one sunny afternoon in the San Fernando Valley. I hope you enjoy it!
Coach Alder Hampel
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys
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