One of the main things I’ve been looking at is the ability to use my grips effectively. It’s tough to break someone down in the guard. Naively we start out trying to pull the person down, then pull the person down while disrupting their posts, finally pull the person down while disrupting their posts and using your legs. I was okay at this, generally I was strong than most people, and all those three things made it easy for me. However it’s a hard fight, and I’m trying to re-assess every part about how I think and perform in Jiu-Jitsu.
So I give them what they want now. I saw a very nice video of Renzo Gracie showing how to get a really deep grip from guard – unfortunately I can’t find it anymore! In essence the technique was to get up on one elbow and straight-arm push the persons shoulder with your other arm. They react by pushing back, which in turns gives you the nice deep grip from guard.
The principal behind the technique is more interesting though. He wants the deep grip, he them what they want to actually get what he wants…the deep grip. So for me I’ve found pushing the person away, and threatening to do a sitting roll over sweep or switch out really forces them to willing come forward breaking their own posture. Even once I’ve got the grip now, I try threaten their posture in all other directions including back, left and right. If they aren’t stable, they fall over and I get an easy sweep. Generally though, they have to react to keep stable, and that reaction is what I’m learning to exploit.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, once you’ve got the grip attack their base with it. Don’t resist what they are doing, but take it to the extreme end of what they are doing. If they want to try to break your grip, no problem as they push your hand away, you can release your grip and pull their arm for an arm drag. If they sit back, no problem go with it and push them backwards. If they try to hunker down, no problem…pull them in tight and attempt to submit them, above all force a reaction game to occur.
Don’t fight in the opposite direction, use what they are giving you. If the person really wants to sit up well you might as well give him what he wants and more – it’s not like you are easily going to be able to break that guys posture down as he will try to deny you that. Instead don’t deny him the ability to keep posturing up, give him permission by pushing him away in such a way that he no longer wants to sit up. Guarantee they won’t expect it, as our natural reaction is one of denial and not permission.