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    Grappling Basic Principles

    From a post by Samurai Steve I thought I'd post some basic principles for grappling:

    From a BJJ standpoint:
    1) When attacking you want no space, when defending you want to create space
    2) When your opponent passes your guard, be on your side, not your back
    3) Keep your arms in!
    4) When using your guard keep your opponent 180 degrees
    5) When using your guard move! Don't stick your back to the mat.
    6) When using your guard control your opponent's arms
    7) When using your guard have a goal!
    8) Don't let opponent control your head from side control.

    Those are some basic BJJ principles I can think of off the top of my head.
    Any others, whether standing or on the ground (please specify)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyS
    Those are some basic BJJ principles I can think of off the top of my head. Any others, whether standing or on the ground (please specify)?
    Remember to breathe and relax is always a good one. If you clench up like you're trying to hold in a fart at church, you won't grapple as well.

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    The funny thing is that once you've got your basics down, you can start breaking the rules.

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    Underarm control.
    Make the other guy carry your weight whenever possible.
    Keep their head pinned to the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyS
    Keep your arms in!
    Care to explain this one for a BJJ beginner (4 lessons and counting)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete_E
    Care to explain this one for a BJJ beginner (4 lessons and counting)?

    Don't leave your arms dangling or else you'll get grabbed and possibly be put into a submission (armbar, etc.). Don't reach out unless it has a purpose or else they'll get grabbed again.

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    My instructor likes to quip that the dinosaurs (notably t-rex) went extinct because they started reaching out their arms.

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    Having your arms in from under side control or knee-ride protects your neck, protects your arms and allows you to turn onto your side more easily.

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    Here's another I just thought of. When doing side control, you want pressure, not weight. In other words, concentrate your weight into a small spot on your opponent with just a small spot from your body - don't cover his whole chest with your whole chest.

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    You know Johnny thats one secret that was imparted to me by someone who had a dislocated rib.

    The guy who went from regular sidecontrol to Kesa and put his messed up floating rib RIGHT into my diaphram as he lifted my head up. OMFG that was the most uncomfortable thing. I couldn't breathe right and it FORCED me into doing something. Which of course he capitalized on. Sometimes he laughed while he did it.

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