Why The Dead Orchard Is So Effective
Upper body lockdown
Unlike any other position in Jiu Jitsu, the dead orchard provides a total body lockdown on an opponent. With the triangle, you are locking down the arms, shoulders and chest. The only hope for escape is to use your lower body as that is the only half of your body that will work. Having that complete upper body lockdown will slow down the game, and let you work for what you want to get. Check out our article "top submissions from closed guard" to see some other excellent options from closed guard.
To me, the best aspect of the dead orchard is all of the submissions are available from it. Of course, you have a triangle choke right away. You have an short armbar attack. There is a kimura right there, and a couple wrist locks. All of those submissions from such a small, compact position is an advantage that you can clearly use to your advantage.
Small amount of people train it
Another reason that this position is so effective is that only a small people train to defend against it. Since it is new, and from the 10th Planet school, not many people know how to defend against it. It is a similar situation to leg locks. The majority of BJJ schools simply overlook the position as they do not see it as a threat, because it is too new, or they consider it a fad. That thought process can become a downfall.
Nathan Orchard has really created a gem with his position. As he develops it even more, it will be interesting to see how it is incorporated even more into the no gi game. But before you start training it, you need to have a good closed guard first. Just in case, you are not able to get to the dead orchard, you’ll have a position to play. If you’re looking to improve your guard then check out…
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