John B. Will blogged "Mission Control", a post about building technique combinations. He made mention of Eddie Bravo’s system and how it has a starting point to move into different techniques and submissions. In Eddie’s book Mastering The Rubber Guard he has a excellent flow chart that shows how it all works together. SlideyFoot talks about Roy Dean – Purple Belt Requirements and how he teaches a combination mindset. Rigan Machado has turned me on to some combo’s in his "RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu Camp 2008" DVD’s. I must have reached a new level in my game. All of the sudden these not only made sense but I can flow from one to the other. Lets just say I’ve really turned on to combos. I picked a set out and drilled it on my Submission Master Grappling Dummy. Once I felt confident enough to teach it, I found someone at the academy to train it with. Blake and I put in some reps together. This helped build my confidence in using it against someone other then my grappling dummy. I got to try it out the next class. It went splendid. I even got one of the submissions in the combo against Blake who knew it was coming. I can see how memorizing single submissions, then combinations of submission can build you a network of movement. Over time it will build in my mind like Eddie’s flow chart.
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