At 8020BJJ we have a modern approach to training, we do not drill 5 unrelated techniques and then roll, we do not drill a technique and step through it like the technique is a kata, from what I am aware the style of instruction we have at 8020BJJ is influenced by Straight Blast
It is also influenced by Dion our instructor who has brought a structured approach to our training, we have focus days, where for months at a time we will work on one position, recently it has been the top game.
I like guard, I prefer guard. I want people to try to crush me, get on top of me and muscle through me as this allows me to work my game. With our recent focus on the top game it has been a great learning experience, it has highlighted not falling into the guard players game.
Some of the key points that I have taken away from our top game focus are:
- Leg control
- you cannot pass someones guard if you don’t have control or awareness of their legs
- Distance management
- When your passing you control where the engagement takes place
In a simplistic way, their are only a few ways to pass a guard.
- the 4 ways to pass a guard
- Around their legs
- Over their legs
- Under their legs
- Through their legs
This makes it sound easy, but guard passing is an art form, it is also incredibly fun.
From what I have noticed some people are very inpatient when it comes to guard passing, they see it as something that you just do and then get down to doing the actual Jiu Jitsu once you have blasted pass someones guard in 3 seconds.. Some people can blast past guards like they are ribbon banners at the end of marathons
But us mere mortals struggle to pass a guard.
Once you have passed the guard it only gets harder, this is now the real top game. With the focus we have had over the last few months on top control it has improved my confidence in playing the top game significantly, I enjoy it and use specific techniques we have been taught.
The main points that I have found working for me are
- Floating mount
- using my shin across their belly almost against their thighs
- this allows me to start prying their arms up, which then leads to
- S mount
- The S mount has become one of my favorite top position.
for a long time time now we have used one day a week as a focus day for a specfic technique, position or tactic but I dont really know what to call it, “Focus day”, “Seminar day” I feel it needs an easily identifiable description, because if we have one it will improve it(legitamize it), refine it so that it becomes even more valuable.
I’m going to open comments for this post, I most likley wont get any comments but someone must have an idea of what we can call the “focus months” that we have been doing for a while now.