Strong Base?

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Chinaboxer, May 12, 2008.

  1. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    So, it's been three weeks now since my transition from nogi to gi. so far it's been a blast. But i constantly get told by those who roll with me that, "you have a strong base".

    I'm not exactly sure how to take this. I'm strong for my size 162 lbs, bench 310, squat 475. I try very hard not to muscle anything. But when i get told this, i worry that this translates to "you use a lot of muscle." I really don't want to be "that guy" who just relies on brute strength.

    So my question is, what does it mean when someone tells you, "you have a very strong base." is it a compliment or a backhanded compliment?
     
  2. SoxCalGrappler

    SoxCalGrappler Yellow Belt

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    a compliment, means you have good balance
     
  3. Mikey Triangles

    Mikey Triangles Bending Joints the Wrong Way Since 1985

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    they're just saying you know how to use your weight well. it's a good thing.
     
  4. Vector_X

    Vector_X Brown Belt

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    you sound like you are a pretty strong ass guy so ya it might be a combination of skill and muscle, which really isnt a bad thing.
     
  5. codemonkey76

    codemonkey76 Black Belt

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    did they say this after consistently trying to sweep you and failing :p
     
  6. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    lol..no..it's always after we finish rolling. I'm a big stickler for basics. It's amazing how one hook or control can completely negate a sweep or sub attempt. I'm still learning all the different types of grips for each situation. It's amazing how well BJJ uses your or their gi while rolling. Can't wait to see how everything translates when i go back to nogi.

    Anyways, thanks guys for the words of encouragement!
     
  7. blanko

    blanko Guest

    base means that you have good body controll.. have you done judo or wrestling beore?
     
  8. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    most of my background is in stand up. 8 years Muay Thai, Boxing, Wing Chun. I also did Japanese Shooto which includes Sambo, Catch, and Sub Wrestling.

    Believe it or not, you would be amazed at how similar Wing Chun and BJJ are. They actually use a lot of the same concepts and principles. To be honest, that's probably where i got the "good base" from.
     
  9. gordoplata

    gordoplata White Belt

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    A strong base is what everyone wants in BJJ it negates sweeps and subs. See Kron Gracie for strong base
     
  10. FLMikeATT

    FLMikeATT Purple Belt

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    How the fuck can you bench 310 at 162 lbs? Jesus fucking Christ.

    I'm 5'10 165 and I can barely bench 150.



    all your base are belong to us.
     
  11. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    thanks for the compliment, bro. Just stick to the tried and true basic compound exercises, such as; flat bench, ATG (ass to ground) squats, deadlifts, pull ups, etc... stay away from isolation exercises that only work one muscle group, such as; bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc...and eat your ideal body weight in grams of protein every day. Lots of lean chicken, fish, turkey, protein shakes etc...

    it's just like BJJ, if you get the right knowledge and put in the time, you'll eventually get there. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
     
  12. Deloitte

    Deloitte Blue Belt

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    Fuck the bench numbers, his squat number is way more ridiculous in proportion to his bodyweight.
     
  13. BlastBeats

    BlastBeats Cogito Ergo Dubito

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    Chinaboxer, you sound like you would fit in nicely in the Strength & Power section of Sherdog. Please come over and hang out. Maybe start a log if you feel so inclined.
     
  14. johil d'o

    johil d'o Thought Warrior

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    ^^
    I agree with Deloitte. That is a lot of squat weight. 310 bench I understand but 475 squat at 162 lbs sounds very heavy.
     

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