Sunday, March 11, 2018

Strong side vs. weak side back mount

When you take someone's back and you have back mount control, falling to the over-hooked arm (strong side) generally means your control is not as strong, although it's better for chokes. Conversely, falling to the under-hooked arm (weak side) means that your control is better.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Single or double leg takedown?

Generally speaking, it's best to go for a single leg takedown when an opponent is in a wider and lower stance because it's more challenging to drive in and get both legs since the opponent's rear leg is too far back. Conversely, when the opponent is in a more narrow stance and is relatively upright, a double leg takedown works well.

When to go for a takedown

An ideal time to try to take your opponent to the ground is when they are striking because the weight transfers to their front foot which makes it more easily accessible for a grab. It is much more difficult to take someone to the ground when their weight on their feet is light and equally balanced, without any transfer of weight to their front foot.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Defending against a club

If someone is approaching you with a club in their hand, one of the best moves to do before the opponent has a chance to swing at you is to charge in and clinch them. If, however, this is not possible, and the opponent swings at you with a typical forehand strike, shuffle back, then charge in and clinch them on their backhand strike, similar to the American kenpo technique Returning Storm.

Misconception about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

One of the common misconceptions about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that fights that start from a standing position must ultimately end up on the ground to finish an opponent. There are countless techniques in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that both start and end from a stand-up position.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Problems with American Kenpo knife techniques

One of the biggest problems, in my view, with the American kenpo knife techniques (i.e., Glancing Lance, Thrusting Lance, Entwined Lance, Raining Lance, Piercing Lance) is the length of the techniques. The reality is that the longer you "stay in the pocket" when someone has a knife, the greater the odds of being severely hurt. In other words, while it is highly likely you will be cut if you have to defend yourself against a knife regardless of how fast you are or how quickly you disengage, the longer the duration of your technique, the higher the probability that you will be cut more and severely hurt.

How to deal with the turtle position

Ideally, if we side mount our opponent, we maintain good position, such that our opponent is rendered helpless and eventually we submit them. However, if the person is strong and/or we don't maintain strong control from the side mount, they may try to get to the turtle position as a way to escape. If they try to get to their knees in an attempt to go to the turtle position, immediately we need to sprawl to prevent the opponent from grabbing and controlling one of our legs. Once we sprawl, we can quickly control the opponent, spin around and obtain the back mount.