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Self Defense | Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Self Defense | Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

self defense - annapolis brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ)

self defense - annapolis brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ)

Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – A large debate in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been taking place for many years. The debate is over whether to practice self-defense BJJ or tournament/sport style BJJ.

What Should You Practice? Self Defense or Sport Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – Annapolis

Lets look at the benefits of both. Self Defense for the purposes of this article will be any training that keeps in mind the possibility of being struck by a punch, kick, head butt, knee, or any other type of strike. When you are standing facing your opponent, you obviously cannot just walk up and try to tie up with your opponent with your hands down. You must tactically make your entry and always keep your guard up. On your back in the guard or any other position, you must always try to be either too close to your opponent for an effective strike or too far. This also must be considered when you are on top of your opponent. Up kicks, elbows and punches from the bottom can definitely end a fight. This will change what style of guard passing you use. Any move could potentially have to be modified to minimize the chance of strikes. Countering headlocks and various grabs are also usually practiced in the self defense curriculum. These are very important for self-defense, as these are some of the most common ways that an untrained opponent will try to attack you.

Sport BJJ has many moves and strategies that cannot be applied in Self Defense. The game changes when you do not have to be worried about being struck in the face or low kicked. Sport BJJ typically emphasizes a high level of physical conditioning and relying on moves which work on individuals in the same weight class as you. If you are training without the gi, sweat will allow you to escape from bad positions without necessarily applying the proper technique. You will also see many people pull guard in tournament BJJ. When you don’t have to worry about strikes this can be a good strategy because of the various sweeps and submissions available to you from the bottom.

There Are Benefits to Both Self Defense and Sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – Annapolis

Overall there are benefits to both styles of BJJ. At Annapolis Brazilin Jiu Jitsu, we practice and teach both. In the author’s opinion 80-90% of your time should be spent learning the self-defense of BJJ. This will ensure that bad habits learned from sport BJJ do not appear if you are confronted on the street. At the end of the day you must make your decision on what style to train based on your own reasons for studying BJJ.

Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu | BJJ | The Triangle Choke

In this article I am going to cover some theories and tips on the technique known as the Triangle choke.

The Triangle choke is one of the most well known strangleholds in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And along with the armbar, and rear naked choke, it is probably in the top three of all submissions. The triangle choke is a very versatile submission in BJJ that has as many setups as it does transitions to other submissions. Let’s explore some basics of the triangle choke.

The triangle is most commonly performed from the guard. One of the most basic setups consists of pushing one of your opponent’s arms in between your legs, then while controlling the posture of your opponent, you transition into the triangle choke by placing the ankle of one of your legs directly into the bend of your knee on your opposite leg. Most but not all experts recommend pulling the arm that is trapped along side of your opponent’s head across your body to tighten the choke. Pressure is then applied three separate ways. They are, pulling down on your opponent’s head, constricting your opponent with your legs, and finally raising your hips off the ground towards your opponents chin.

This is a versatile choke that can be applied from nearly anywhere. It is not uncommon to see triangles from the mount, side control, half guard, and even flying triangles from the standing position.

Triangle chokes have served me well throughout my grappling training. The threat of the triangle forces opponents to back away and posture. This will create many armlock opportunities. Craftier opponents may try to hide the arm that is locked within the triangle behind your legs. This presents an easy transition to the omoplata. If your opponent tries to defend by placing his hand under his chin you can apply a nasty wristlock.

Many books and videos have been produced about the triangle choke. It seems that everyone has their own spin on how to set up and finish the choke. However almost every top grappler today has made the triangle choke one of his or her bread and butter moves. I believe that this is because once a triangle choke is fully applied and locked in, there is no high percentage escape.

If I were you I would make the triangle a focus of your training. Once mastered it will serve you well.

Annapolis MMA – Patience As A Strategy

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Patience As A Strategy

Annapolis MMA – One of the key tenets of BJJ is Patience. Frequently a fight is not decided by who attacks the most.  Rather it is often decided by who exhausts themselves first.

I recently read that in as little as 60 seconds an individual could reach complete exhaustion in a fight. There are many reasons for this.

The fight or flight reflex kicks in. This is something ingrained into Human DNA that will give you a surge of adrenaline to either fight or flee from an attack.

When too many stressors are introduced at once, or there is a prolonged exposure to one stressor the body will quickly reach exhaustion.

When you have no energy left, all the technique and training in the world will be useless. You will be completely at the mercy of your attacker.

BJJ teaches you to feel comfortable in the close confines of a fight. The more familiar you are with a situation the less stress you will feel.

BJJ also teaches to wait for the right time to counter your opponent and either finish the fight or look for an opportunity to escape.

Having patience and staying calm will allow you to let your opponent to exhaust himself which will make it much easier to survive a fight.

Survival is the name of the game. When you can survive there will always be an opportunity to apply a chokehold or escape to your feet where you can safely continue.

These are not natural reactions. They must be trained. At Annapolis MMA, this type of training is taught.

I promise you that if you can master patience and survival they will serve you well not only in a fight but in life as well.

You will know when to commit an efficient counter attack and ensure that you have sufficient energy to counter when the time is right.




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