BJJ Technique “The Giant Johnson”

The Giant Johnson

I didn’t know the name of this technique and I’m sure I embarrassed Mark some by putting his name to it.  We all know that he didn’t invent it any more then Renzo did the Triangle but I had to put some label on it.  You can’t go around calling it the cross-body-shoulder-choke.  He showed it to me so I naturally used his name in it.  I posted this one for Jesse who is learning BJJ and was kind enough to read my blog and post a comment.  Thank you Jeff and Mark for the demonstration.

I think this is a high percentage technique because I usually get it.  I think its simplicity plus the fact it doesn’t feel like something is seriously happening is what makes it so successful.

Last night in class we practiced rolling with our eyes closed.  It was a excellent training tool.  I found in some cases it made absolutely no difference to me that I couldn’t see.  I knew I relied on touch to give me feed back about what was going on in a match but I didn’t realize how much of it I was using compared to my vision.  I think I will have to try it more often.

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Gi Donation for West Side After School BJJ

Gi Donation

A few days ago I blogged about "Donate a Gi and Change a Life".  Thank you to all you who responded and sent Mark a gi to help in this worthy effort.  He has posted about the progress in his post "Kindness and Selfless Acts".  I have included a picture from one of the classes.  You may notice they have colored belts.  Its only because that is what was donated.  They are all white belts with what ever could be West-Side-HSJJfound to make do.  The class size varies but is usually around 30 individuals.  I’m sure some of the ladies reading this may notice in the first picture that the gi’s are a bit large on the girls in the class.  I am sure they can sympathize with the difficulties of getting a good fit.  Its time for hot water and tumble try to shrink them up some.

In another year I’m sure we will be bringing large numbers to the local tournaments.  I’m looking forward to seeing West Side represented by these young energetic students who are putting forth the effort and time to learn BJJ.

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BJJ a “Full Contact Sport”

I’ve got a good friend who I have been trying to get to come to Jiu-Jitsu.  He recently witnessed a confrontation between a parent and his kid’s coach.  It looked like it was going to end in a fight.  The coach didn’t start it.  It was a over zealous parent that got in his face and started shouting.  You know the type.  The coach was a large muscular man and the parent of average build. From the story my friend told me.  I think what most up set my friend was that the bigger coach didn’t seem to know how to react and my friend didn’t either.  My friend realized he was unprepared for a fight if one ever happened.  He decided he should join me at Jiu-Jitsu but when I explained what submission grappling is like he backed off and said "I don’t like people to touch me"  I responded with "I don’t think an assailant cares".  Although he agreed with my logic the "fight or flight" feeling of the situation he had been put in had now dimmed.  His discomfort at being touched was greater then the adrenaline he had felt during the conflict.  I still want him to come with me.  But how do I convince him? 

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Puke and Roll, Puke and Roll, Repeat

Let me just start off by saying I’ve never puked before, during, or after rolling.  I have been choked to the point I thought I might.  Who knows what the future holds for me.  But as of right now I haven’t.  The other night we had one of our guys getting ready for a MMA fight this Friday.  It was sort of a quick set up and he hadn’t had time to properly prepare.  To help him he asked that we send guys against time in 4 minute intervals.  The idea being the fresh guys coming in one after another would give him a really good work out and help him acclimatize to the stress and fatigue of the fight.  That was my understanding.  It didn’t take much time at all it seemed before he was running into the restroom to puke.  He went right back, to his credit, until he had to puke again.  So the cycle of puke and roll then repeat began.  This soon had the stories going of others puking at tournaments and so forth.  I begin to wonder what would cause it.  Butterflies? They ate to much before training?  A bad burrito?  May be you can share a story or two with me.  What made you puke?


BJJ Guard Escape and Counters

Basic Guard Escape
Guard Escape Counter 1
Guard Escape Counter 2

In beginning class last night we went over the basic Guard Escape that is shown in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) on page 62.  I reference the book because it is a good starting off source for the new white belt that wants to get a handle on all the new techniques they are learning.

We then worked on some counters for that escape as shown in the other videos I have posted.  The second counter was new to me and it sparked some thought.  There are underlying physics to BJJ that seem to be at the edge of my conscience.  I struggle to define them and put them into a concept.  I think the guard escape counter 2 is a example of pry or multiplied force.   Mark also showed us how if some one straight arms your hip to keep you from coming around how that is easily counter buy tripod-ing up.  This changes the force of your body to down on the arm.  Chris then pointed out that if you stick your knee in you easily push the arm away.  I think this is also a physics principle.  Some thing of the effect that a force can only be applied in one direction.  What ever the case, if you are pushing the hip and another force, your opponents knee, pushes perpendicular to your arm the direction of your force is moved out of the line it is in.  Ok, this may be way to deep for a text discussion, especially for us visual learners. That is why I am having a hard time making it a solid thought in my head.  Maybe it is time to brush up on my physics.  Its been 16 years since my college 101 class.

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