- Where is my body in relationship to my opponent
- The minor things are what matter most, (where are my hands, legs, head, shoulders, etc....)
- If my position (or posture) is not there I must work harder on the back end and the remaining parts of my technique will suffer (I will have to compensate w/ strength and speed)
- A series of components to increase leverage
- This is the technical aspect of a technique
- Application of force on anatomy
- Remember there is a difference between heavy and tight
- Pressure should be felt as if it's going forward and down at the same time.
1st POSITION - "Thinking Man"
FYI - Roger and I nicknamed these positions to remember them better.
- You should be on your side and NOT ON YOUR BACK
- Top leg goes over the bottom w/ the knee bent and slightly up. Bottom leg stays bent in a heel to butt position.
- Top shoulder should be rounded and pointing downward in a 30 degree angle
- The elbow of the top arm should be tucked between the top knee. Top hand can grab lapel for additional defense.
- Bottom hand goes on top of head to have elbow pointed out
This is a very defensive position, almost as if I was turtling from my side. One point Roy made is that the key to escapes is AWARENESS OF PRESSURE. For an opponent to attack or move there must be a release of pressure and shift.
Defense #1 - Opponent pulls on bottom arm
- When opponent pulls bottom arm to put you on your back, you must roll over on to your other side and finish in the "Thinking Man" on the other side.
- Key is to throw my top leg violently to create more momentum.
- Keep top arm tight inside knee to help defend against an opponent getting their hooks in
- Can go to knees when they attempt this.
- Key to going to your knees - getting onto your shoulder or elbow.
Defense #2 - Opponent crossfaces
- Bottom hand should be on top of head
- "Comb your hair" to divert the hand coming in
- If they go in side, you must go under their arm
Escape #1 - "Booty Bump"
- Objective is to push opponent's weight to 1 or 2 o'clock
- Opponent's weight and pressure should be felt going in the 12 o'clock direction
- Opponent knee or hips must not be on top
- Slide knee out and place elbow in arm pit
- In one motion shrug elbow in arm pit and knee opponent up top knee.
- Finish by taking the back
Escape #2 - "Log Roll"
- Available when opponent is tight on you and pinning elbow and knee
- Weight and pressure should feel as if going to 9 or 3 o'clock, NOT 12 o'clock
- Bottom hand goes on hip
- Roll over to other side and push w/ bottom hand to roll them over
- Hip out to get legs out from under opponent
- If they base out w/ their arms, put top elbow in armpit and create space. Combination possibility between "Booty Bump" and "Log Roll"
2nd POSITION - "The Heisman"
- Same as "Thinking Man"
- Only difference is top hand is no longer tucked, but extended to entangle opponent's arms (biceps), armpit or neck
Keys to "The Heisman"
- IF opponent's chest is turned into you, you attack the arm trying to secure your head.
- IF opponent's chest is turned away, you must attack the arm trying to underhook, armpit, the neck or near lapel.
Escape #1 - "Pull the Rug Out"
- Opponent is turning into you
- Hand in bicep (bend), thumb down
- Bottom elbow tucked between body and ground
- Hip out
- Push opponent to spot where hips once were.
I don't feel so comfortable with this escape, but should try it anyways.
Roy also provided us w/ information on how
Developing a Skill
- Learn something new (knowledge)
- Practice - brain to muscles and now you should be thinking less
- Memorize - when you memorize you categorize it, organize it and last recall it (not too much thought here)
- Feel - now you should not even think about a move, but feel it.
- Refine and streamline - here is where one polishes and compresses the move to become more efficient.
- Review - go back to details and basics
- Adapt it - how do you use it against an untrained individual or trained?
- Personalize it - make it your own.
- IF pressure is tight - Bridge
- IF pressure is loose - Shrimp or hip out
- Keys to someone holding you down from sidemount - Controlling your 1. head, 2. hips (legs)