Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Enough techniques!

I have come to realize that there are many many variations for each move in brazilian jiu-jitsu. Maybe there are too many for someone to master them all in a competitive environment. At the same time, I believe that one should practice whatever move the professor or instructor shows in a particular day, not because you have to master them all, but because you have to know what is possible with a given set of grips. For example, I didn't know the bottom of the lapel can be used in so many ways up to now : It's truly unbelievable.

So I have come to the conclusion that I should refine what I already know, in order to get better. For example, when doing the knee slide pass, I am now using a different grip than before, and it seem so to help in flattening the guy out for the pass. Progress isn't as obvious as when I was a white belt, but on the flip-side, my jiu-jitsu is getting more focused, more precise, more predictable and more controlled.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New technique !

I have chosen to develop and integrate a new technique shown to us by Thiago tonight. It's a back take from turtle that I've wanted to learn for the longest time. From the seatbelt, put the back of your neck as close to the far shoulder as you can, to pivot the person's weight over your own body. Very much leverage, and very cool back take. Used it in sparring, and by god it works!