July 20th Women’s BJJ Class, Triangle choke for more than sport.

July 20th Women’s BJJ Class

Monday night class was an introduction to the triangle choke; Did basic drills then the technique, but for the women’s class I usually try to spend some time talking about how it’s applicable in a fight/self defense situation. We went over the difference between and sport and fight; how to control the opponents arm when someone is striking you as well as finding the openings to strike back using hammer fists and elbows and eye gouging. The goal isn’t to finish with the strikes (though not going to complain if they do knock out their assailant) , but to survive long enough to finish the choke. “You can fight of you’re arm is broken, you can’t fight when you’re asleep.”

We included the Triangle Armbar as well, not because we want them to tap out, but to go for the break, to cause enough pain and damage that it allows you to create an opening in order to readjust for the choke.  On the mat; for sport you go for the win, you get the tap and shake hands and it’s done. For survival, you need to keep fighting, give it everything you’ve got in order to be able to survive and escape that situation.

I love the sport of BJJ, but sometimes we forget the fight aspect, get caught up in the fun of competition, the points, the challenges of competing against other players the shiny medals. You have to remember that no matter what the reason is that you train; health, fun, exercise, competition or whatever is that if you are learning Jiu-Jitsu you are learning to fight and somewhere in the back of your mind that thought should always be there.

Next weeks class is all sport!

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Pendulum Drills

Pendulum drills are a great way to work hip movement; which will help with your guard game, understanding momentum, using it for guard recovery, sweeps and attacks.

In the below; my students are using a pendulum drill to help start learning the spinning armbar from the Guard position.

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A big emphasis  for the women’s program is self defense, so a big part of that is learning to choke your opponent in a lot of different ways and from different positions focusing on technique rather than trying to match strength with bigger opponents.

Below, they are working on cross choke from the guard position.

“When it comes to chokes, there are no tough guys. Everybody goes to sleep.” – Grand Master Helio Gracie

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If you are learning Jiu-Jitsu; you are learning how to fight, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun training.

Come try a free week at the Minnesota Kali Group.

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Seminars, Women’s Seminars, Video Classes and Private Lessons

 

I am available to teach seminars, from introductory for the beginning groups, as well as for the more advanced students.

I also teach Women’s only seminars as an introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jistu and self defense as well as for all levels to show the importance for women to learn how to survive possible assault situations.  The focus of these seminars is to show the two sides of training  and about transitioning from one to the other in hopes of inspiring to take the time to learn the full art of Jiu-Jitsu.

 

I will also be offering remote video seminars and private lessons.

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These seminars and private lessons are a great way to add to  your skills, work on your goals or explore new techniques.

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