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BJJ CT - Creating Off Balance

Last night during Team Training at Crossroads BJJ we discussed the concept of using off balance to attack and disrupt the top players attempts to pass our guard. Most of the time when a student begins learning BJJ they become hyper focused on using there arms to fight from the guard. Since we use our arms for almost everything it is understandable to see how this can happen, but like with everything else in Jiu-Jitsu we must retrain our brains. Our legs are much stronger than our arms so it makes since to use them as our primary tool when fighting off of our back.

In last nights BJJ class we focused on queuing off of particular movements to create off balance, which caused the top player to either be swept, attempt to correct and open themselves up for a submission or at the very least reset their position.

This off balancing concept works from all guards and is a great way to create reactions. In bjj it is very unlikely that the first move you attempt is successful, however that first move will create a reaction. The more you train Jiu-Jitsu the more of those reactions you will be able to take advantage of.

Dustin Rhodes