Jiu Jitsu (In a neck-shell)


Someone in class has been consistent in asking me about submissions.  For the last two weeks it has been, “I need more submissions”.  I insure them that needing more submissions probably isn’t the case.  They disagreed so we rolled.  After 5 sessions I had beaten them via arm-bar twice and some variation of choke 3 times.

After standing up, he tells me, “See?  I need to know more.”

Obviously that wasn’t the case, and I told them that I only use arm-bars and chokes (which is what my opponents usually give me).  So I looked up some Rickson Gracie videos and boom – he mostly wins by arm-bar or choke.  Marcelo Garcia – mostly chokes.  Professor Mike Hermosillo and Master Sylvio Behring, my teachers – mostly by choke.  So I decided to write down exactly what I do know – separated by body part:

SHOULDER

  • Kimura
  • Americana
  • Oma Plata

LEG

  • Knee bar
  • Heel hook
  • Achilles lock

ARM

  • Arm bar
  • Wrist lock

NECK

  • Neck crank
  • Guillotine (could be neck crank?)
  • Cross collar choke
  • Ezekiel
  • Rear naked choke
  • Amassa Pao
  • Bow and arrow
  • Triangle
  • Arm triangle
  • Clock choke
  • Baseball choke
  • Brabo choke
  • Anaconda
  • Darce
  • Gogo plata (if this ever even gets hit)
  • Basic lapel choke

That’s not a whole lot when you write it out…then I got to thinking of positions and escapes I use:

POSITIONS

  • Basic mount
  • S-mount
  • Basic side control (mune gatame)
  • Modified side control (Yoko shiho gatame)
  • Kesa Gatame (scarf-hold)
  • Kuzure Kesa-Gatame (modified scarf hold)
  • North-South (Kami-shiho-gatame)
  • Knee in belly
  • Guard
  • Spider guard
  • X-guard
  • De La Riva

ESCAPES

  • Bridge and roll
  • Elbow escape
  • Knee-in and shrimp out from side control
  • Underhook and turn from side control (I heard someone call this “the spear” once…not sure)
  • A couple of N/S escapes and rolls into turtles as well

…Besides 3 basic sweeps, that’s pretty much all I know (and yes, I’m aware that I’ve barely cracked the surface)- the list of what I use 90% of the time is even smaller.  Writing that out puts something into perspective which is a common saying in Jiu Jitsu – position before submission.

Chokes, Positions and escapes…the most plentiful of my techniques.  Your submissions will come when the other guy makes a mistake.  Master Sylvio and Professor Hermosillo have been telling me that for a while and they’re right, trust your instructor.



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