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Hitting The Crotch Ripper From The Truck
The truck is one of the most dynamic positions in Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system. Originally plucked from wrestling, it has found its way into the Jiu Jitsu world, particularly in the no gi world. At the high level of the art, guys like Geo Martinez and Garry Tonon are two that use the position to get to the back, or even better, get a killer submission. Once you get to the truck and can either fall back or roll forward, you are in perfect position to get the nasty submission known as the crotch ripper. For those of you who need a reminder of what the truck is, check the video below…
Now that you hit the truck, let’s get into the nitty gritty of what is known as the crotch ripper.
So, you have completed the truck, and you still have the lockdown on the far leg, and control of the near leg. The first thing your opponent will usually do is to kick his near leg forward so that he can avoid the control, and even more so, that he can avoid the banana split submission. But once he kicks his leg forward, he is not out of danger. Far from it actually. Now once his leg is kicked forward, you must get a gable grip control, right above his knee. This will provide not only excellent control, but you can then finish the crotch ripper. Make sure his leg his hugged close to you. You can use your neck to aide in this. With your legs, let go of the lockdown and put your top foot on his heel. Squeeze and press forward to finish.
This will cause pain all through the groin and possibly even the hips. Ouch!
Eddie Bravo’s system is such a unique one. Many people who are not even from the 10th Planet school will practice these positions and techniques because of their effectiveness in no gi competition. The crotch ripper and the truck can all be set up from twister side control. So if you enjoy these techniques, start with the twister side control and go from there. Pick up Eddie’s book, Mastering the Twister.