As I am learning more about getting to the back I’m always amazed at how there is a counter it seems to everything. I’ve been working on improving my Arm Drag technique. I figured that was a good place to start in my quest to get to the back.
Marcelo Garcia gives a excellent example in this video of how to counter a arm drag. At the same time it also shows the mechanics of the arm drag.
In the movies before the fight begins the good guy usually asks his buddy and side kick “You got my back?” In BJJ its just you and your opponent during the fight. The only one who is going to get your back, in a literal sense, is the person you least want there.
I’ve decided I want to be the guy who is the most proficient at getting the back or back control. Thank you to each of you that responded to my post “The Devil is in the Details with Technique”. It has helped me narrow down some sources for good instruction on improving my technique based around getting back control. Here are the 3 top picks on back control instruction:
I’m not as focused on submissions from the back as I am getting to back control and maintaining it. I noticed that Ryan Hall’s and Pablo Popovitch’s DVDs are still 40% off at GroundFighter.com. I didn’t see anything else really devoted to the back. Am I missing anything from this list that you know of?
I watched the Marcelo Garcia highlights video on Georgette’s Jiu-Jitsu World. Marcelo makes it look so effortless getting to the back and most of all putting in that Rear Naked Choke. But I’ve come to understand from experience that The devil is in the details. I learned this when I tried to master the Triangle. I found there were many unseen facets to the technique. It took me a while to really get good at it. I had to watch video of may different people doing it. I read books telling the exact way. But most of all I had to try it out and do reps of it. At this point I think I have a good mastery of it.
My thoughts have turned to getting the back and the rear naked choke. I feel that same feeling I did when I first started learning the triangle choke. I know the fundamentals but I don’t seem to be able to get it to work in a roll. Marcelo inspired me to make it my next choke-of-choice. Roy Dean has set me on the path to master it. So who is really good and showing the nuances of getting to the back?
I just watched the Roger Gracie vs Bruno Bastos match on Georgette’s Blog. Here are some of the things that caught my attention and that I was impressed with. First of all, 2/3 of the match with just jockeying for the takedown. I know that having takedown skills are important in your game. I was more impressed with the importance of them as I watched Roger and Bruno battle it out. In my mind it looked like Roger realized it was going to stalemate if they kept going on like this so he jumped guard to move it to the ground game. The next thing that caught my attention was the taking-the-back, as Georgette points out by Roger. I had just read Meerkatsu’s post "K-Taro Nakamura Back Control & Choke Review" and was thinking about the "Armdrag from closed guard with back take" example. Roger did it with style of course and made it look easy. I find that getting up and moving my hips out is the hard part. Roger gave me a few pointers as he did it. I noticed he grabbed the opposite knee and pushed off the hip with the leg he was trying to get around. Once the hips came out Bruno couldn’t or didn’t stop the rest of him. Roger then, it looks like, put a body lock on him and rolled him over. I couldn’t tell what submission he used to finish it. Does anyone know?
You have back control and you have your hooks in. You are trying to put a Rear Naked Choke or any choke on the guy for that matter but can’t get under his chin. Here is a funny but effective BJJ technique that I learned from Mark Johnson at West Side Jiu-Jitsu. Underneath your nose is a bundle of nerves. Now the funny part, rub in a sawing motion the nerves upward with the blade of your hand. It looks like you are scratching under their nose for them. At first they resist and then as you increase the pressure it hurts. The next thing you know they lift their head and you quickly slide your hand from the nose to the throat. When I saw this I realized that they use this when they take pictures of babies. The photographer would put her finger under my child’s nose to get her to raise her head for the photo. I always wondered why the child would look up so easily with it. Its not so much that it hurts at first as it is annoying. Below is a picture of me showing the position of your hand with my Submission Master Grappling Dummy. I know that descriptions don’t always work.