Reviews (Go overall 3 Entries, Sweeps, Passes, Submissions, and Combos)
From Top Tall
- Your head should be up. Forehead looking forward, not looking down. During Starting Position. On some passes, your head will be down with your forehead forward not down.
From Top Low
- Head on their chest forehead on the chest. You should be able to look at the ceiling
- Head positioning is super important from the bottom. You have to keep your head tight to them in an elongated away so they can’t control it. Think head to their chest or head into their neck.
- Have your toes on the mat
- Butt down
- Have your legs inside their thighs
- Knees on the outside of their ribs
- Grapevine – One Foot can also go across the leg so they can’t stand. This is also called ¾ Guard
- Try to create frames against them on their head, biceps, hips or chest so they can’t come up and so you can pass their legs
- Collar and Sleeve Grip – One hand grabs the gi collar or the head the other hand grabs the gi sleeve or wrist.
- Overhook Grip – One arm goes over one of their arms
- Sleeve and Overhook Grip – One arm goes over one of their arms and your other hand grabs the sleeve
- Underhook Grip – One arm goes under your opponent’s armpit
- Double Under Grip – Both arm go under your opponent’s arms
- 2 on 1 Grip – Both arms on one wrist of your opponent
- Russian Grip – Similar to the 2 on 1 but both hands are on the same side with the opponent’s arm pinned to your chest
- Sleeve and Belt – One hand over the back and on the belt the other on the sleeve
- You can play this a few different ways
- Keep your distance away from your opponent. Don’t allow them to sit up. Try to Pass
- Be Super tight and control the hips attempting to smash the hips and pass.
- Pull the head forward to trap their heels to the mat and walk around
- You want to play super tight, rounded or all the way out. All three work well, just try not to play in the middle. So you should be super tight where it is hard for your opponent to move with their posture broken or so long that they cannot grab your head.
- If you are rounded your are expected to go underneath your opponent into a leg entanglement instead of sweeping.
Opponents Submission Setups
From Opponent on Top
- Dropping back for a toehold, straight ankle lock or into a leg entanglement
- The might also try for a primebar
From the Top
- Your weight needs to be on your butt for the most part with your toes on the mat.
- Do not allow your opponent to pull you forward.
- Try to be one mass straight – Similar to when you squat in lifting. Back straight and head up.
- Pinning the legs and weight forward on the chest. IF YOUR WEIGHT GOES FORWARD TO BE ON THE CHEST YOU HAVE TO PIN THE LEGS OR YOU WILL BE SWEPT
- Your weight will be on the mat but you can manipulate it by getting off to the side.
Ideal Body Type
Works for all body types but usually it’s generally used by shorter legged athletes.
- Sternum (Post on the Sternum)
- Hips (Post on the Hips)
- Wrists (Control the Wrist by trapping and posting on it)
- Head (Pull down the head to bring their weight forward and eliminate the ability to pass)
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