How do you grapple with a training partner that's 300 pounds?

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by DangerDan, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. DangerDan

    DangerDan Guest

    So I train MMA, and my stand up instructor is 6'2" and about 300 pounds. He rolls with us when we do BJJ. He's alright, doesn't have a belt ranking in BJJ or anything, and mainly relies on his size to lay on you until he gets something.

    So how do I grapple against him? What are strategies you use against big men? I can barely get my ankles to touch when he's in my guard. It's ridiculous. The only thing I've ever submitted him with is a keylock when I somehow muscled him into side control and I've seen someone get an armbar on him from guard. I'm 160 pounds at 5'8" so you can imagine the size difference.

    So wtf do I do?
     
  2. JerseyTrash

    JerseyTrash Silver Belt

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    How long have you been training for?
     
  3. GJJNY

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    Don't end up on bottom. Work from open guard if you do.
     
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    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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  5. MEK

    MEK White Belt

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    Try half guard to back climb. I haven't figured out much details yet but the following video can provide a general direction at least...

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=UP5ODwPbP1g

    Works well for me. I'm 130...so lots of huge guys i hafta grapple with.

    Even if you can't get to the back I think half guard is still a easier position to work on the bottom, cuz its easier to sweep.
     
  6. DangerDan

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    like 4 months with a BJJ class once a week.
     
  7. Mirada

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    4 months of training and a 140 lb disadvantage? Butterfly guard and hope you catch an arm or triangle. Otherwise I'd say you're screwed! lol
     
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    codemonkey76 Black Belt

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    armdrag to the back... every time
     
  10. JerseyTrash

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    This guy doesn't sound the knowledgable. Learn a few sweeps really well, and he'll go crashing all over the place no problem.
     
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    hayliks Banned Banned

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    flying heel hook
     
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    post vids.....
     
  13. Cmac916

    Cmac916 Orange Belt

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    Well whenever I roll with a big guy (anybody over 200 I consider a big guy, I am only 150 ;) ) I always try to snap them down and get around them, even if I don't get the hooks in they usually flip over and pull me into there guard so atleast I am not at the bottom of them.

    But thats just me, I have only been doing BJJ for a couple months so my tactics might not be as good as some of the other guys on here
     
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    Carefully.
     
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    Crane technique. When used properly...no defense.
     
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    with my experience with big dudes they seem to be really heavy towards the top half of your body (while in your guard) so i try to arm drag through and get to the back.
     
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    and by experience in bjj limited. but i have rolled with a three or four big big dudes
     
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    That
     
  19. John L Sullivan

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    And stay active. He'll either gas or have a heart attack if you make him defend and work from up there rather than just lie on you.
     
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