Today in our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class we went over basic stand up strategies with a focus on head position and grip fighting. In grappling angles make a huge difference in who has the advantage and while our main focus in BJJ is to close the distance and get the fight to the ground any way we can, if we can give ourselves as many advantages as possible it is more likely that we will end up in the top position once we reach the ground. Once everybody in class understood the concepts of head placement we went over what we should be doing with our arms. Today’s focus was on pummeling, how do we move in a way that makes sure we get what in BJJ is referred to as “double under hooks” . Establishing double underhooks is one of the most powerful positions to secure a take down which again means ending up in the top position once the fight reaches the ground.
On the ground we focused on how submit somebody in the turtle position. The turtle position is when somebody turns over to be on there hands and knees, this usually happens when somebody who doesn’t want to be on the ground is attempting to stand up so they can kick and punch. As Jiu-jitsu practitioners we want to keep the fight on the ground so preventing somebody from getting back up is an essential skill.