Renzo Gracie shows us how it’s done. Man I love this guy. I like how he talks through his discovery process on this technique. This kind of creative problem solving is exactly what I love about BJJ. As a black belt, Renzo seems just as curious as I was as a white belt—just goes to show how much of a journey it is to be a student of jiu-jitsu.
Here’s Frank Mir doing a seminar at Island MMA in Victoria, BC. Some fantastic info and great tips on the half guard in MMA. Also, since Mir’s background is BJJ he provides a great perspective on how he’s adapted his BJJ bottom game for MMA/wrestling. 10 parts to watch.
Hit the jump to see the other 9 parts to this series.
Wrist locks are a grossly under-utilized technique family in the Brazilian style of jiu-jitsu. Traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu techniques are chock full of wrist lock techniques. It’s efficient in that small motions to manipulate the wrist can basically control the opponent’s entire body. This is true for several reasons:
The wrist is a relatively small joint, thus easier to control
The muscles controlling the wrist are relatively weak
Nerve density in the wrist is higher than other arm joints. In other words, it hurts like hell
The fact that many BJJ schools don’t have wrist attacks as part of their curriculum make wrist attacks a particularly feathery feather in your cap.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t use them in training and competition unless you are under 18 years of age. They’re IBJJF legal for adults blue belt and up.
Need to finish an armbar during camping but lacking proper technique? Need to know what Gilbert Yvel’s professional fight record is while you’re on a bus? Yep, there’s an app for that. Here are some iPhone apps for MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fans and practitioners.
MMA Underground – $1.99
Probably the most polished MMA app out there. Features MMA news, fighter database, upcoming events (MMA and grappling), and you can read the underground forums (no posting).
MMA Fan – Free
MMA news, videos, photos (MMA models), podcasts, and aggregated MMA-related twitter content.
Ultimate Fighting Championship – $0.99
The official UFC app. Highlights, video content (in-app pay-per-view), slated to offer PPV events, Octagon Girls, UFC fighter database. Great app if you only watch Zuffa-promoted fights.
From Brazil based Weird Clothing Co. The product description says it’s made of a polyester twill fabric but who knows how durable these things really are. They’re selling for $77 BRL which is about $41 USD for you estrangeiros. Also, no idea whether or not you can order these outside of Brazil. These would be some siiiiiiick shorts to train no-gi in.