SUCCESS WITH BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU COMES WITH MASTERY OF POSITION AND CONTROL –POSITION BEFORE SUBMISSION.
The number one rule in real estate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the mantra LOCATION – LOCATION – LOCATION. Translated for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu it should have a similar saying with POSITION – POSITION – POSITION!!! Early in my training for BJJ / grappling competitions I seemed to have one focus for winning a match – make the guy tap – force him into a submission. After all, that is what the people in the stands wanted to see. Action packed endings of flying arm bars – guillotines – or various chokes would bring a cheer from spectators. However, I was very fortunate that my instructor – Professor Dinklage – instilled in me the importance of POSITION before SUBMISSION!!!!
A BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU WIN DOES NOT HAVE TO BE “FLASHY” – ONE POINT ADVANTAGE WILL DO IT!!
Professor Tom gave me a great game plan based on the fact that you only had to win by one point and not just by gaining a submission. For me, that meant working very hard to improve my takedown skills. My experience was that almost nine of out ten times the person gaining the initial takedown won the match. Once I had scored my takedown, Professor Tom then helped me develop techniques to maintain my position of control – be patient – and to use body points of contact to “stay heavy” on my opponent making it difficult for him to move. Maybe this game plan was not “flashy” – but it worked!!!!!
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU CONTROL USING 13 POINTS OF CONTACT.
The ability to stay heavy on your opponent to limit his movements and maintain control greatly depends on your skill in using your body properly with 13 possible points of contact. These points of contact are—-
There are many different positions used with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – BACK CONTROL – SIDE MOUNT – TOP MOUNT – OPEN GUARD – CLOSED GUARD – TURTLE BOTTOM – ETC. By properly using combinations of the 13 points of contact in BJJ you should be able to either control your opponent or possibly advance your position or escape your opponent’s control and assume a dominant position. The trick is mastering the right combination with proper distribution of your body weight. So when training a certain BJJ position – ask yourself the following 3 questions…..
1. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL IN THIS POSITION?
2. WHICH POINTS OF CONTACT SHOULD BE USED AND WHERE SHOULD THEY BE PLACED?
3. WHERE AND HOW SHOULD YOUR WEIGHT BE DISTRIBUTED TO MAINTAIN DOMINANT CONTROL, PREVENT ATTACKS, OPEN THE GUARD –ETC?
(KNOWING THE ANSWER TO QUESTION #1 DETERMINES WHAT IS ACCOMPLISHED WITH QUESTION #3)
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT!!!!
A good homework assignment for BJJ would be to list as many positions with which you are familiar and see if you can answer the questions stated above. If you can and you execute your points of contact correctly – you are well on your way to competition success in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.