Balto Tournament Videos -- Comments Please

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Balto, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    Hey guys,

    As I'm sure most of you know by now, I always post my competition videos up on this forum right after I'm done competing. There are a lot of experienced guys here who give good information, and I always enjoy hearing any comments you might have. I'm always looking to improve.

    I fought in the Copa Nova III in Sterling, VA today. My division was Men's Blue Belt 155. I had good results and won first place. I had three matches. I won the first two by submission, and I won the third on points.

    If you only have time to watch one video, you'll probably want to watch the second one. I tapped my opponent with a no-arm triangle move that I like to do sometimes. I had one hand in his collar, but it was not contributing too much to the choke. It's a move that most people unfortunately don't believe can actually work against a decent opponent, so it was nice to finally hit it in competition and get it on video.

    Anyway, here are the videos. I'm the one with the red circle De La Riva patch on my back. I will also post the direct links in case the embed does not work properly.

    First match:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=980360816792746054&hl=en
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    The choke I used to finish in this match is something that I have been working on lately. My instructor taps me with it more than any other move. I was glad to be able to use it in competition.


    Second match:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4934409255594725813&hl=en
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    I was very happy that I sunk the no-arm triangle on this one. You can see me jumping around a bit at the end.


    Third match:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2627482661090648999&hl=en
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    You can see me express my anger with the ref at 0:59 for not giving me any points for the clear kouchi gari foot sweep I used at the beginning of the match. It ended up not mattering too much though. I think the official final score of the match was 12-4.


    Anyway, any input you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated. I've already tagged a few things to improve (mainly not getting reversed so easily from top position). But I'd love to hear any other ideas you guys might have.
     
  2. jasond

    jasond Purple Belt

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    I like that you stayed with the uchi mata until it was finished. You see too many BJJ guys that give up on throws too quickly (before anyone gets mad, I'm primarily a "BJJ guy" myself).

    The no-arm triangle was nice! My coach likes to use it and I've been on the tapping end of them on several occasions.

    Congrats on the first place.
     
  3. EE6_TBOIO_MATb

    EE6_TBOIO_MATb Blue Belt

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    good stuff.
     
  4. KneeOnSkull

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    thanks for posting this footage, i only watched the 2nd video for now and was impressed with that finish, ive never seen anyone get a tap with that before.

    your game looked pretty sharp, the only thing i saw that i would critique is maybe your posture in the beginning of the video, you seemed like your butt was a little high and your head was down and you were letting him sit up a little bit.....i dont think this is what led to that armbar attempt/sweep....but it didnt matter anyways.....you got a beautiful finish

    congrats and thanks again for posting the footage.
     
  5. Luther

    Luther Green Belt

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    nice videos.

    A couple of things: your posture in guard seems a bit high (like the previous poster wrote) and you don't control well your opponent while on top (crossface!).

    Anyway you move from one technique to another fast and smooth enough to compensate, maybe you like more a "fast and loose" game (I'm a "slow and tight" guy).

    Sorry, but one thing I've to say, is that your coach was VERY annoying. I always hate when coaches (and people) scream like that and count seconds for the ref. But this is an aside.
     
  6. jerbone

    jerbone Orange Belt

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    Congrats! I love how you are constantly "buzzing" their neck when you have them in your guard. Great matches, I bet you were stoked.
     
  7. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    awesome. really good stuff.

    couple things I saw: poor posture during your knee on belly attempt in fight 3. and also you had double underhooks from sidecontrol in fight 3...perfect for mounting with the knee slide.

    thanks for posting.
     
  8. Delbjj

    Delbjj Green Belt

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    Your guard posture needs some work. Just like in Judo, which Im taking you train based on how well you handled yourself on the feet, you need to keep your head up and over your own hips.

    Your tachi-waza looked good. You did have some clear passes set up off your throws. Depending on how you prefer to pass the open gaurd, I would recommend going straight for the pass as soon as you hit the throw to the point where you know that he is going down. Most Judo people train to land for Ippon, In bjj you should adjust to secure the underhook or lapel and look to pass before he has a chance to establish a guard


    Overall, you looked great, and should be proud of how you performed. Good gaurd work, good throws. Two thums up
     
  9. codemonkey76

    codemonkey76 Black Belt

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    I have only watched the first vid so far, well done.

    I am only a new blue belt, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
    You looked good and in control for most of the match, i would say just work on your top control more, use the gi a bit more, to wrap him up and keep tight, nice spin from kesa gatame when he started to take the back, and good choke to finish.
     
  10. Q mystic

    Q mystic Silver Belt

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    Good job Balto. Nice.
     
  11. Teedoh74

    Teedoh74 Black Belt

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    Trust on your instructor or whoever that was giving you instruction. i could feel his frustration. When he was screaming CROSSFACE, you completely ignored him.
     
  12. JJd2sc

    JJd2sc Yellow Belt

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    What is the name of the choke used in the first video?
     
  13. hayliks

    hayliks Banned Banned

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    Nice man, good technique, seems like a lot of your techniques are flowing together and you aren't too afraid to attack when the opportunity presents itself.
     
  14. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I'll address some of the main points.

    I definitely noticed that my top control (from side control especially) was lacking. I'm going to be working hard on using that crossface more to keep him flat.

    Also I did get my posture broken from the closed guard too much. I remember that especially in the second match, I was grabbing his belt at first. His belt then slid too high on him, so I switched my grip down to his pants. I moved my hands back too much and put myself in a bad posture position. That was my mistake which allowed him to sit up so far on me. I'm going to try to work on a solution for this.

    My coach (Tony Passos) definitely makes a lot of noise. He does that at every tournament basically. It annoys and frustrates the opponents because it makes it hard for them to hear their own coach even. Because of that, I'm glad to have Tony in my corner. It makes it easier to execute my game plan while interfering with my opponent's.

    JJd2sc: I haven't heard a standard BJJ name for the choke in the first video. Perhaps it could be called a crucifix choke. For Japanese names, you'd probably call it okuri eri jime (sliding collar choke).

    Thanks for the input guys.
     
  15. Luther

    Luther Green Belt

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    Sorry man, I know this is a technical thread and I don't want to be a dick, but I tought this was BJJ not WWE. The head coach at my accademy is a brazilian and he has a similar attitude, unfortunately. Screaming and trying to manipulate the ref is not part of the game and you shouldn't be proud of it.
     
  16. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    Well we can certainly respectfully disagree.

    I think that a BJJ tournament is an athletic event, and as in any athletic event, the role of your coach is to be your advocate. His job is to help you execute your game plan, interfere with your opponent's, and influence the ref's decisions in your favor.

    If you watch any professional sports event, you will see the coaches on both sides doing exactly that. They will protest calls with the referees and attempt to influence the outcome in their favor. It's just what a good coach does.

    If the coach crosses the line into outright threatening the ref, attacking people, knocking stuff over, etc., then that is too far. That stuff should not be tolerated.

    But a coach who gets emotional and argues with the ref in your favor? That is what a good coach does in any sport.
     
  17. Luther

    Luther Green Belt

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    Yes, we disagree.

    Again congrats for the win.
     
  18. anaconda

    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    how was he intimidating the ref? He may intimidate your opponent, but he is always 100% respectful to the refs even when they make horrendous calls. He'll tell them what he thinks after the match and thats that. He gets very excited when his students are fighting - you cant fault him for that.
     
  19. anaconda

    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    +1. Congrats again.

    I'll post my videos later :(
     
  20. Luther

    Luther Green Belt

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    You are right my choice of words was wrong, english is not my first language I should have written:

    "Sorry man, I know this is a technical thread and I don't want to be a dick, but I tought this was BJJ not WWE. The head coach at my accademy is a brazilian and he has a similar attitude, unfortunately. Screaming and trying to manipulate the ref is not part of the game and you shouldn't be proud of it."

    I edited my previous post, sorry.

    He counted seconds for the position, this is the ref's job, and it's his jobs to give or not give points.
     

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