Simple grappling tips??

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Latani6, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Latani6

    Latani6 Green Belt

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    I started training grappling, kickboxing and beginner MMA a few weeks ago and I am loving it. Been learning a lot and everyone has been really helpful.

    However, a lot of the time I feel my physical strength is the only reason I'm not constantly getting trounced in open mat. I get my fair share of submissions but I can tell I am missing small incremental steps and such that are hindering me from using my strength to really continue my progress.

    I am just asking for basic tips you guys all received early in your training that were easy to remember when you were going rounds and ultimately helped you learn on your feet a lot more efficiently. I don't expect a cure all thread, I just want some good little tips to have on my mind when I'm in top position or in rubber guard or on bottom, etc.

    My instructor has been awesome and he's helping me step by step but I've always been a big advocate of showing up to each session, regardless of sport, with something new to experiment with.

    Any replies will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    for MMA grappling, keep practicing the "pummeling" drill and learn to get double underhooks. This is a vital drill for not only learning to establish good position for a takedown but also to stuff an opponent when he shoots in on you.
     
  3. Protegejoe296

    Protegejoe296 Blue Belt

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    I know these are kind of cliched pieces of advice, but we've always trained with the mentality of establish quality position, then work for submissions. Also, master the basics first, then expand to more complex manuevers.
     
  4. Latani6

    Latani6 Green Belt

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    Thanks guys. I find myself getting kind of stubborn with trying for a submission and that's definitely hindering me but I'm improving that. Hopefully I'll just find myself finding a more natural flow between sub attempts and gaining quality position.
     
  5. D Train

    D Train Silver Belt

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    Two in or two out.
     
  6. HEAVY GRAPPLER

    HEAVY GRAPPLER Brown Belt

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    This is super-basic, but you said you just started...

    When you are in someone's guard either keep both your arms are inside their guard or both your arms are outside their guard. Never one in and one out.

    Also, when in guard never put your hands down on the mat.

    EDIT: D-train beat me by less than a minute!!
     
  7. Latani6

    Latani6 Green Belt

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    Last week I got caught in an armbar that was pretty tight because I left an arm in his guard and had a hand planted. I snaked my way out and got side control. I then proceeded to get off quite possibly the ugliest kimura imaginable

    well, it worked at least.
     
  8. TheGambler13

    TheGambler13 Green Belt

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    The first thing I learned was how to breathe, and keep breathing. Keep a consistent inhale and exhale cycle going. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Your muscles don't fatigue, and you don't panic. Eventually, you stop thinking about it and it becomes second nature. You could have the top cardio in the world, but if you don't know how to breathe your dead.
     
  9. Q mystic

    Q mystic Silver Belt

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    Keep an eye on better fighters. The best there is and will reward you for more difficult work.

    Mimicking those you relate to. And hard work of course. Wild imagination. You're prolly doin fine.
     
  10. HEAVY GRAPPLER

    HEAVY GRAPPLER Brown Belt

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    Here is one more. I heard it from Jorge Gurgel.

    "If you're lying flat on your back, you're not doing jiu jitsu."
     
  11. BlastBeats

    BlastBeats Cogito Ergo Dubito

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    Something Tom Murphy said during a seminar that I've always kept with me:

    "Anyone can learn an arm bar. In jiu jitsu it's not about the moves, its about the little movements."
     
  12. SuperSuperRambo

    SuperSuperRambo Senior Moderator Senior Moderator

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    If you're a beginner in the grappling world, and you worry that you're using too much strength, it at least shows that you have the right mentality to improve.

    One way to avoid forcing things and submitting opponents with strength is to focus only on techniques you have been taught. A lot of times the submissions or techniques you force are the ones you don't know well enough to finish properly, and maybe you haven't learned the right way to do them yet. So keep it simple and go with what you know. Do things by the book, the way your instructor shows you, and you may find yourself using less strength without even thinking about it.
     
  13. Chris H

    Chris H Amateur Fighter

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    Drill hip movement and work your guard often.
     
  14. Shemhazai

    Shemhazai Black Belt

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    Get the underhook. If you can't get it, use a whizzer to keep your opponent from taking your back when he has the underhook.
     

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