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How To Fight Against A Wall Or Cage

How To Fight Against A Wall Or Cage


How to Get Up Using The Wall By Chad Lyman

Things happen in a fight. There are variables you cannot control.  You get knocked down and are now in a position of extreme disadvantage. In this type of scenario a wall can work to your advantage. In this video, Chad Lyman talks you through how to get back up as you fight along the way!  This technique may be particularly useful for our law enforcement brothers and sisters who often find themselves in serious fights.

Wall Combat is an important skill in self defense and MMA; yet most BJJ students tend to ignore the self defense and reality based concepts of jiu jitsu. Chad Layman does an excellent job of bridging the gap between sport and real combat.


Watch the video below and then we will break down the technique. Check it out now!

Chad explains the basic goal for this technique: get back to your feet. To do this you need to get to the wall, keep your head above your adversaries’ head, and then work your way back to your feet using a wedge. Let’s break it down into 4 simple steps.

Step 1: Set your wedge

Create distance between yourself and your opponent’s head. Notice where Lyman’s head it is located in this case. A common mistake here is for people and fall and grab, allowing their opponent to have a more dominant position, allowing him to go anywhere he desires, which you do not want. As you hit the ground you immediately want to get your head up, posting on a hand if you can and pushing away at your opponent’s head and neck.

Step 2: Move towards the wall

In this scenario it is assumed that you are in the presence of a heavy object or wall that you can get your back against. Again the goal here is to maintain a barrier and not allow your opponent’s head to get above yours. If that happens then you really have got a problem.

Step 3: Get the wedge position

This is a relatively good striking position. Notice Lyman keeps his head above his opponent, and by moving his grounded knee back and against the wall he is able to lift himself up. His other leg is physically pushing him against the wall. You want to maintain a tight connection to the wall to avoid your opponent sweeping you at the knees. Notice Lyman never lets up on his barrier to his opponent’s head and neck. He is always trying to force that head down into the ground as he uses his wedge position to get back up.

Step 4: Get Up and Get your leg back

Once you follow your opponent back up to standing against the wall it is going to be a fight for you to get your leg back. Continue to push your opponent’s head down and away from your body. By controlling where he goes you create the distance necessary to take your leg back. If you get off the wall you open up your defense for further punching, kicking, or knees to the chest.

Jiu Jitsu was designed to be the best martial art. The one that could defeat all in life or death combat. To this day, this remains relatively correct... but... most BJJ athletes are now ignoring the combative aspects of jiu jitsu to focus more on the playful aspects of BJJ. Chad Layman believes this is "not a good idea". A Jiu Jitsu athlete should have the skills to defend himself and protect others. If not, it's almost irresponsible. Thankfully Chad has a DVD / On Demand series on just that - how to integrate your sport jiu jitsu skills into reality based self defense.



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