4 Killer Moves From BJJ Renegade Kurt Osiander
Kurt Osiander Is A Legend In The Community And For A Good Reason...
Who is Kurt Osiander? Kurt Osiander is a legend in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. Osiander earned his black belt from Ralph Gracie and has been competing since the mid 90’s. Kurt Osiander is known for his aggressive style of grappling, using pressure to torture his opponent as he reaches for one submission or another. Kurt has an amazing instructional series called “Fundamentals of a Jiu Jitsu Renegade” available on BJJFanatics.com that is full of some very simple techniques that can rapidly improve your game. Kurt’s straight forward personality and blunt honesty make him a natural when it comes to teaching others how to grapple. He is known for catchy phrases such as “shut up and train” and “you f**ked up a long time ago!” Kurt is one of the most beloved personalities in the sport and shares tons of knowledge online. Let’s check out some of what makes Kurt such a beloved personality in the grappling community. Here are 4 killer moves from BJJ Renegade Kurt Osiander.
The Cross Choke is an old-school mount choke that is typically ignored after a BJJ students first week of class. But it is one of those old school fundamentals techniques that just work. Too many students (especially blue belts) focus on the new fancy techniques, guard sweeps, etc. But don't ignore the old school fundamental jiu jitsu that just works.
#1: The Loop Choke
If you are looking for a solid gi choke with plenty of variation then look no further than the loop choke. The loop choke is not a common choke in BJJ, which makes it great especially if you need to surprise a more experienced practitioner in order to get a submission. To initiate this choke, the first thing you want to do is grab your training partner’s collar with four fingers inside and thumb on the outside of the gi grip. You do not want to go too deep on your grip, keep it right around the collar bone. After he gets the loop in, Osiander places his should over his opponent so he can’t pull back out. What he does from here is open his training partner’s eblow, feed his head through the hole and roll over his shoulder, ending 90 degrees perpendicular from his opponent. At the same time he pulls his opponent over his body. Osiander does a kick stand with his leg and then squeezes, pulling with his whole body to tightly secure the choke.
#2: Side Control Loop Choke
Here is another great set up for the loop choke. This is a really interesting technique as it allows you to maintain control over your opponent the entire time you are tightening up the choke. Kurt starts out this technique from “old school” side control position. What he means by this is that his left arm is over hooking his opponent’s arm and he’s got his other arm controlling the inside of his opponent’s hips, making it so he can’t shrimp away. Notice that Osiander’s entire head and chest are pressuring down on Faria – giving him the most amount of control and domination over his opponent as possible. As your training partner begins to turn towards your knees you are letting him do it but you continue to maintain control. You can arm circle under his neck and arm and get a 4 finger collar grip. Osiander goes around his opponent’s head and from here he secures a very tight loop choke.
#3: Foot Lock Defense
Leg lock submissions can be some of the most difficult submissions to deal with in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The foot in particular is made up of joints that are easy to attack, and provide your opponent with an opportunity to attempt many submissions in short series. But Kurt Osiander’s advice for defending foot locks is simple. First, remember to control your opponent using cross collar and sleeve grips. Something as simple as a sleeve grip will prevent your opponent from being able to crank on your foot. A collar grip will also help to main control over your training partner’s posture and doubles as a way to pull yourself up if he or she sits back. With your grips clear you can work towards securing your foot. A cross collar grip makes it impossible for your opponent to hit the foot look so long as you maintain control over his upper body. Timing here is the key to success. You need to move immediately when your training partner goes to sit back.
#4: Escape from Kesa Gatame
First things first when escaping kesa gatame: get your elbow to the mat. This gives you a big help getting your base back. Your free hand should be grabbing your opponents shoulder. If his technique is poor sometimes you can get him off balance by pulling him across your chest. If you can’t do this then try to maintain that shoulder grip and elbow on the mat to get belly down and up to your knees in a turtle position. Be careful here though as he may as well attempt to roll you over again. You need to connect yourself to your opponent’s back with a tight grip. Gable grip works well here, so does an S grip. Once the grip is secured it is time to bridge. Get your foot close to your butt to maximize the power in your hips and set yourself up for an explosive bridge. Notice how Kurt jumps to bring his feet a few inches closer. This will really help you get as much power as possible with that leg.
You have to admit these are some pretty savage moves from Kurt Osiander. Be sure to give these a try the next time you are in a live roll or competition. If you liked these 4 techniques then be sure to check out Kurt’s amazing instructional series, “Fundamentals Of A Jiu Jitsu Renegade” available on BJJFanatics.com!