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    Changing hip level

    Most of the problems in my throws and takedowns seem to stem from difficulty in changing hip level. My lower back has always been very flexible so it has become natural to me to bend there but it becomes a big liability when I need the posture for any kind of lifting.
    Now I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good drills so I can get rid of this stiffness in my hips and help making level changes more natural.

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    Deep knee, unweighted squat jumps will help. Place your feet at shoulder width and go down slowly until your ass comes close to touching your heels, then stand and accelerate up into a jump.

    Try to concentrate on keeping your back straight and make sure to stop if your knees hurt. Also, always keep your chest open (a little pushed out and shoulders back)

    If that gets easy, you can turn into them like you are doing a SeioNage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEGALEF
    Most of the problems in my throws and takedowns seem to stem from difficulty in changing hip level. My lower back has always been very flexible so it has become natural to me to bend there but it becomes a big liability when I need the posture for any kind of lifting.
    Now I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good drills so I can get rid of this stiffness in my hips and help making level changes more natural.
    Ditto

    I am keeping an eye on this thread with interest though I primarily a striker . It is a skill that everyone needs , not only to avoid takedowns and execute them , but to develope a good strong base and to add power to your strikes .

    Quote Originally Posted by MONGO
    Deep knee, unweighted squat jumps will help. Place your feet at shoulder width and go down slowly until your ass comes close to touching your heels, then stand and accelerate up into a jump.

    Try to concentrate on keeping your back straight and make sure to stop if your knees hurt. Also, always keep your chest open (a little pushed out and shoulders back)

    If that gets easy, you can turn into them like you are doing a SeioNage.
    My old Hapkido instructor recomended this ... though we were doing it against a wall ( I can only hope this is becouse the rest of the people in my class were not very fit ) . It didn't seem to help any then ... I am sure taking away the wall for balance and support will add what I think was missing in the excersise . I feel kinda stupid for not thinking of it on my own ...

    Thanks for the imput .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MEGALEF
    Most of the problems in my throws and takedowns seem to stem from difficulty in changing hip level. My lower back has always been very flexible so it has become natural to me to bend there but it becomes a big liability when I need the posture for any kind of lifting.
    Now I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good drills so I can get rid of this stiffness in my hips and help making level changes more natural.
    Unless I'm missing something here you should be changing level with your legs not your hips or back. You posture should be upright and when you close with your opponent you are penetrating through him with deep steps (not leading with your head). Bending over, using your back etc. is sloppy and reminicent of old school bjj.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Elvis
    Unless I'm missing something here you should be changing level with your legs not your hips or back. You posture should be upright and when you close with your opponent you are penetrating through him with deep steps (not leading with your head). Bending over, using your back etc. is sloppy and reminicent of old school bjj.
    I am pretty sure this is what he is trying to fix ... atleast thats how I took his post to mean . Bending over is bad .... raising and lowing your hips instead of bending over at the hips is not easy for some people . Especialy those of us with bad knees and strong lower backs .
    Quote Originally Posted by ghost55 View Post
    Violence is pretty uncommon in clubs in this area, and the dude didn't seem particularly hostile up until the moment he slapped me.
    I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Elvis
    Unless I'm missing something here you should be changing level with your legs not your hips or back. You posture should be upright and when you close with your opponent you are penetrating through him with deep steps (not leading with your head). Bending over, using your back etc. is sloppy and reminicent of old school bjj.
    As I was going through all the options for being a complete dick, I suddenly remembered that "if the recipient misinterprets the message, it's usually the sender's fault".
    Bending at the back is the habit I want to get rid of. The proper way to change hip level is by using the legs. How do I practice this so it becomes natural to me?

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    Deep knee, unweighted squat jumps will help. Place your feet at shoulder width and go down slowly until your ass comes close to touching your heels, then stand and accelerate up into a jump.

    Try to concentrate on keeping your back straight and make sure to stop if your knees hurt. Also, always keep your chest open (a little pushed out and shoulders back)

    If that gets easy, you can turn into them like you are doing a SeioNage.
    Squats and uchikomi. Repetition. Lots of times. Preferably with someone to catch you if you do it wrong. Just like everything else.
    Thanks guys. Do you recommend keeping the heels down as if I'm doing regular weighted squats or stay on the balls of my feet?
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    You need leg strength. I am currently tackling the same problem.

    Deadlifts.
    Squats.
    Lunges.
    Leg Press.

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