Don’t Battle From Your Knees
Where should you start when you're training?
Many Jiu-Jitsu schools have to start rolling form the knees. Maybe it’s a safety concern due to takedowns being a little more likely to cause injury. Perhaps it’s a spatial concern. A big mistake people make is trying to secure a takedown form the knees. How many times have you seen this in a tournament? Probably never.
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When training it is important to fit in as much practice as possible. Wasting your time trying to do judo from the knees is a misguided effort. Most times it is because people are cautious to play the bottom game. This mentality has to subside if one wishes to become proficient at the many facets of BJJ.
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Having some options to choose from can help make this decision process easier. Here Bernardo Faria demonstrates a method he uses to enter into one of his strongest positions the half guard. By propping up the elbow Faria is able to open up enough space to insert the bottom leg of his half guard. This quick and easy technique allows the roll
Maximizing effective training time is essential whether we train two times a day or once a week. It will be massively beneficial if the first minute isn’t spent battling for position from your knees. If you make a choice that gets your guard passed, don’t beat yourself up over it. Now you get to spend time working on other positions.
Once this has become common practice at your gym you will run into the dreaded double guard pull. When this happens you have several choices. You can play the leg game and try to attack from there, or you can simply pop up to one knee and play the passing game. Either way effort is being spent on Jiu-Jitsu rather than knee judo.
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