BJJ Open Guard Concepts From Priit Mihkelson
BJJ Globetrotters Priit Mihkelson’s New Instructional Series
Do you know BJJ Globetrotter Pritt Mihkelson? Pritt Mihkelson is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under SBG President and founder Matt Thornton. He has been involved in martial arts for over eighteen years, with ten of those years devoted to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grappling, and MMA. Pritt Mihkelson describes his training as “functionalistic minimalism” – based on fundamental postures and movements that every grappler should know. Priit Mihkelson is one of the head instructors of the BJJ Globetrotters organization. He is known around the world for his innovative style, including his own guard, the Grilled Chicken Guard.
Pritt Mihkelson describes his training as “functionalistic minimalism” – based on fundmanetal postures and movements that ever grappler needs to know.
In honor of Priit Mihkelson’s much anticipated debut instructional series, "The Grilled Chicken Guard Retention Series," we will explore some of Priit’s techniques that will be included. But first, check out this preview for the soon to be released Grilled Chicken Guard Retention series!
I am sure you are just as excited as I am to check out this awesome new series! Priit has a lot of unique insight into grappling. Let’s explore some of it!
Concepts About Open Guard by Priit Mihkelson From BJJ Globetrotters
Priit Mihkelson has some really cool concepts about open guard. For example, when in bottom guard, the guy on top will typically get a hold of your ankles and stack your legs in order to pass. This can be a frustrating problem for beginners, but with concepts like Priit’s it can be a lot easier to defend. Priit shows that one thing you can do to win more time for recovery is keep your shoulders and head pinned to the mat. This will allow you to slide as your opponent attempts to stack you. Priit emphasizes the importance of keeping your hamstrings relaxed for this to work. This is a very effective open guard concept if you find yourself getting stack passed often.
Defending The Leg Drag by Priit Mihkelson
This is a clip off of Priit’s instructional series "The Grilled Chicken Guard Retention Series." This is a very fundamental leg drag pass that anyone can do. The leg drag pass is great because it is very difficult to defend. Check it out now!
There are many versions of the leg drag. Many times your opponent will be using two of their hands on one of your legs to pull and drag. Or they might control both legs and drive in. In the case where your opponent leg drags and steps to the outside you can use your near arm to post against his leg or waist. This will help you control your distance and also follow your training partner as he drags your leg. It is very important that you post on the mat with your free leg and your elbow. Posting on your elbow is great for when your training partner drags your leg and steps in because it allows you to easily move. By posting with your elbows you can stay very mobile with your hips, which will allow you to re-establish your guard. You will notice however that your knee is still in danger. Priit uses his hip mobility to get his knee down and away from his training partner’s grip. This will allow you to attack your opponent’s opposite arm and recover your guard.
As you can probably tell, Priit has a very unique approach to teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He does not really teach a single move, instead he teaches fundamental concepts for common positions and problems that you will face eventually on the mats if you have not already. So if you loved these videos then keep an eye on BJJFanatics.com for Priit’s debut instructional series, "The Grilled Chicken Guard Retention." It is going to be packed with great knowledge like this! Thank you Priit Mihkelson!
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