Thread: Opening Gambit
1/15/2006 6:54pm, #1
I was hoping we could have a discussion about opening gambits and initial strategy for rolling. As in many other schools, we tend to start from our knees for the majority of the the time. What do you tend to try to do with a clean slate to start from...what are you thinking, what are you waiting for your opponent to do, what grips do you prefer and why. Do you like to initiate a sweep or get into a guard of some kind.
I'm just looking to put some thoughts and ideas together around the inital start of the game.
Looking forward to your feedback.The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
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1/15/2006 7:09pm, #2Originally Posted by bwerb
Occasionally I will start to pull guard then switch to a sweep.
I use generic arm/lapel grips when going with the gi. If going no-gi, I'll take a few different grips. Grabbing behind the triceps and the head works for going into guard.
I'm not sure this discussion is going to go anywhere . . .
1/15/2006 9:07pm, #3
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I push forward, moving left and right to get different angles, and keep constant pressure on knees. Usually my opponents will just pull guard after a minute or so.
1/15/2006 9:14pm, #4
Do whatever. You're just on your knees. I'll pull guard, tie up, give side control or turtle depending on what I feel like working.
A personal favorite is to tie up, get an under and overhook, cut to one side for the crucifix and reverse omoplata.
1/15/2006 10:38pm, #5
Go for the comedy option by grabbing their collar behind the head and throwing their face to the ground while doing a safe standup, then jump on their back.
1/15/2006 10:45pm, #6Originally Posted by Dreadnought
1/16/2006 7:03am, #7Originally Posted by Dreadnought
Not a polite thing to do, not to mention it defeats the purpose of going to roll.
1/16/2006 11:20am, #8Originally Posted by Zeddy
1/17/2006 11:07am, #9
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All the valuable info regard starting from the knee's has already been mentioned. We have to start this way due to space restrictions. One thing I like to do when I'm feeling somewhat crazy or goofing around is front roll with your legs wide into your opponent to get your guard. Not the nicest move to pull if they catch a heel.
1/17/2006 12:47pm, #10Originally Posted by Dreadnought
I do that with an armdrag.
Another comedy option is the flying armbar from knees attempt. Miss it and you've basically just pulled guard anyway.
Plus there's not that annoying crash to the ground.
And another: Flying triangle attempt -> triangle mount.
zero to teabag in 0.1sec
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