‘Whoever manages the distance, manages the damage” – Helio Gracie
Lately I’ve been rolling with strikes at least twice a week to improve my self defense/vale tudo game. Early in this training I found that my normal defensive postures were fine in a sportive setting but needed some refinement during “vale tudo” training…especially if I didn’t want to take unnecessary strikes. It is imperative to always manage the distance which in turn will control the damage that can be done. I believe routinely training with strikes is a valuable tool during your personal development. The goal is not to hit your partner but rather help them identify holes in their game. I find this type of training to be extremely fun when done in a cooperative training environment. The below video is a great defensive posture I have been experimenting with when side mounted. Bjj4lif4!