Chinstrap Pass to Anaconda Choke: Combining Your BJJ Techniques into Sequences

December 1st, 2012 In Techniques | Comments Off

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!

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<10th Planet Van Nuys> Passing the Guard is 80% of Jiu Jitsu! **Part 1

November 27th, 2012 In Theory | Comments Off

Passing the guard is 80% of the game of Jiu Jitsu! At least according to my not so scientific calculations. I didn’t spend anytime researching that number, I didn’t review any stats, I just declared it as of right now. How did I come to that conclusion? Well, the statement was made specifically to get your attention. Did it work? I guess I could have said something like, it’s 97.7% of the game, that might have been more shocking, but probably less believable. Anyways, now that I have your attention, let me get to my point.

Guard passing gives you freedom! I don’t want anybody telling me where I can and can’t go. The more options I have to move about the body, the more options I can go when I’m shut me down in one way or another. It will also give you the mobility to get into advantage positions, (mount, back, north/south). It will give you the ability to control, and submit at a higher clip, because your opponent has less tools from which to defend with. On the other side of the coin, being on your back, passing will keep you from being put in these bad positions. Knowing what the top player is going to do before he does it, will allow you to stifle, and counter.. Thus, keeping you safe, while putting them into worse positions.

Today, I can’t imagine a world where I can only use submissions from the topside of the guard. If you decide to bypass passing you’re limited to a very small game. You don’t have to pass to submit your opponent. D’arces, neckcranks and foot locks are all available. There’s some crazy kamikaze fly over or rolling techniques that are available as well. I look at these moves as shortcuts, and although you may be able to tap your opponents now, once people figure out that’s your game, they will be less likely to be taken off guard. I know this all too well from experience. When I first started Jiu Jitsu, I was all about the quick submission. I wanted to beat you as fast as I could. It was my own ego trip. I wanted to trick you with superior technique. When I watched Ken Shamrock heel hook Pat Smith at the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship, I wanted to be just like that! I thought if I could sub you quick with some wild foot lock, I wouldn’t need to get good at clearing the legs and passing the guard. It worked well for a while, but once guys figured out that was my schtick` I got crushed. Point is, there’s not substitution for hard work and consistency.

In Jiu Jitsu, the match always starts standing, right? Yes, and takedowns and techniques from standing are important, I wont dispute that. You don’t have to stay on the feet for very long however, even if the rules in a tournament require you engage, touch, or are even penalized for pulling guard. The fact is, if you want to nullify the wrestling advantage, you can pull guard, and butt scoot towards your opponent. So basically, if I trained since I was 5 at wrestling, and I got into a match with a jiu jitsu guy, and he just dropped to his bum, all that skill and experience would be taken from me at that point. Now, I’m forced to what? Play the guard passing game. Now if I’m the guy who pulled guard, I’m not playing the guard passing game right? No, actually that is incorrect, I AM playing the guard passing game. I’m having to defend the guard pass. Even if, simultaneously, I’m trying to sweep, I still have to make sure I don’t leave an opening for the top player to pass.

Guard passing can be overlooked quite a bit. I’ll see guys working on the latest and greatest techniques without any context of the big picture. Many times they’ll completely overlook how they are going to get to the technique they’re practicing. They’ll be practicing the move like it exists in a vacuum. I suggest this, whenever you work on a new technique, have an idea what would have lead you that position. Most times you can trace it right back to the guard. This kind of thinking is what builds great game plans because it forces you to connect the right techniques together in a series. ie takedown > guard pass> mount > armbar or guard pull > sweep > pass > americana. When this is done smoothly, and with efficiency you’ll get a beautiful chain of events that looks like a work of art.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog for part 2!

“I Broke My Hand Again?”

October 15th, 2008 In News | 9 Comments

Today was one of those days i should never gotten out of bed. First, I popped my knee doing Omoplatas during the morning class at 10th Planet HQ. It wasn’t too bad, but it was bugging me enough to decided that I’m gonna sit out and chill the rest of class. Now that I no longer have health insurance, I’d like to play it safe, and not press my luck.

Next, I had a job interview for a position teaching kids (14-18) martial arts. Big ups to Compella for hooking me up with the interview. Anyways, I meet with the high school who puts on the after school program. They were looking for an instructor, but one who’d teach without using physical contact. Hmmmmm, that sounds like a challenge. Now, I’ve taken many different traditional martial arts classes over the years. However, I’ve only ever taught Jiu Jitsu. I wouldn’t feel comfortable teaching anything that couldn’t involve some kind of contact between students. I’m still only a white belt in Tae Bo, so teaching that is out of the question. I’ll probably have to respectfully decline the position unless they can meet my basic needs.

Fast forward to the night time class Alex 4saken and I teach at Fitness Unlimited in Granada Hills. We were drilling, doing some routine guard passing. One of our students, Lionel, and I were practicing together. He weighs about 145 so he’s a bit on the lighter side compared to me. Also, we were going pretty light. I was pushing his hips and head down and away from my body trying to prevent him from passing my guard. He turned his hip down and dropped his body weigh. Some how my thumb got caught and all his weight came crashing downward. “POP!” It sounded like a dry twig being snapped. I felt an instant, excruciating pain. This was probably up there was most painful I’ve felt in recent times. It was one of those freak accidents, this isn’t ping pong we’re playing folks. I figured for sure it was broken. I sat our the rest of the class icing it, trying to keep my cool, but the shit hurt like hell.

After Alex 4saken dropped my back home I was faced with a choice. Ignore it and hope it gets better on it’s own. Or since all the urgent cares are already closed by this time, go to the ER, and have it examined. Unfortunately, E.R. is quite expensive. After examining my thumb, which has swollen to the size of a golf ball by this time, I decide I don’t want to risk it. My mom and her best friend take me down to the hospital.

After seeing a doctor, I waiting around in pain for a few hours for my results. I was promised something for the pain when I arrived, but for some reason it never came. It would have cured my boredom and if not killed the pain, at least killed some time. Finally, the nurse, who was cute btw, brings me a brace, 2 vicodins and my results. It’s not broken according to the x-rays, but I probably have some ligament damage. Oh, well could be worse.

So, If anybody knows anything I should take to help this heal let me know. MSM, Glucosamine, Chondriton Roids ect.?

Here’s pics with my new fashion brace.