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Jiu Jitsu is Fun!

Posted in BJJ, Guard with tags , , , , on October 20, 2015 by bjj4life



Posted in Grappling/MMA, Guard, Training on September 21, 2009 by bjj4life

One thing I always liked about Mike as an instructor is he practiced what he preached…it can’t be stopped!’

BJJ Principle of the Week: The Cut Pass

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Guard on July 5, 2009 by bjj4life

The Cut Pass

Where the Head Goes…the Body Follows

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Guard, Training on February 7, 2009 by bjj4life

xhkqca4vzdzwcatiwdehcaar17zhcah8d24tcaixz4udcamn5wypcatirqo8caohn4prcayrqrz8canw0tcmcae9huf2cadzk0vfca6tc1p6ca6wapttcaiwldrtcalaig9fcasoq16lcamjo1skcae0qwrlA  key element to preventing the guard pass is to keep the hips mobile.  That principle has really helped advance my guard game.  Another key principle that has really helped me prevent guard passes (especially tight guard passes) is to keep the opponent’s head on the same side of my body as their hips.  Once I understood this principle I started using less energy and relaxing more…the hips are always the key.   Below is the post I read that opened that concept to me:

Head and Hips on Same Side

I have an tip for “an impassable guard” that has changed my Open Guard game. It’s such a simple tip that I can’t believe I wasn’t using it earlier.

“It goes something like this…when an opponent is attempting to pass your guard, as long as you keep his head and hips on the same side of you, he will never be able to fully pass and secure side control.

How do we do this you might ask…when your opponent is passing, use a stiff arm and push his head (with your outer arm) to the same side as his hips (your closest arm can push on whatever, I perfer his inner bicep to prevent the crossface). Your opponent must have his head and hips on opposite sides of you to secure a successful side control pin.

Also, this is quite annoying for your opponent, being pushed in the face is not fun! As the old saying goes, “Where the head goes, the body follows”.

I hope this tip helps someone!

Chuck Rainey

BJJ Principle of the Week: Guard Passing

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Guard, Life on January 28, 2009 by bjj4life


BJJ Principle of the Week: The Guard

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Guard on January 22, 2009 by bjj4life


Position of Control

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Guard, Training on January 11, 2009 by bjj4life
De La Riva

De La Riva

Lucky for me we are working open guard as the part of the monthly curriculum.  My two favorite open guard positions are the De La Riva Guard and the Spider Guard with a DLR hook on one of the arms.  For whatever reason these two positions of contol feel natural to me.  

Spider Guard w/hook

Spider Guard w/hook

I’m still trying to develop a comfortable game playing both positions at the long range (opponent standing) and intermediate range (opponent kneeling).  I want to naturally flow from one position to the next while maintaining one of the 10 control points

This video has some good points on control while playing at the intermediate range.  While it is not the traditional DLR/Spider Guard, the principles are the same.    Bjj4life!

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