JT is back this week with a quick Power Play. It may seem simple but the way you grip your hands is so important when on your opponent's back. JT explains that when your opponent strips your grip, he also exposes his neck. If you don't grip correctly then your opponent will be able to isolate your arm and escape. This is one of those techniques you don't "consider using"…just use it, it will jump your back game and get you landing more chokes.
The bow and arrow choke is widely used in the world of sport jiu jitsu. Sometimes you get an opponent who defends the position really well. This week, Rafael "formiga" Barbosa demonstrates a quick Power Play that will kill your opponent's defense and have them tapping almost overtime.
Dedeco shows us another nice Power Play this week. It's important to anticipate your opponent's movement when applying a technique. In the Power Play, Dedeco works a well known sweep but anticipating his opponent's post he turns his foot down to trap the leg.
Last week, JT Torres showed us a nice guard pass when someone wraps your arm from open guard. In this week's Power Play, Alexey Cruz shows us the proper mechanics to the leg lasso. It is important that once you secure the position, you keep your knee open. If your opponent closes your knee then your offense will be nullified.
Andre "Dedeco" Almeida is a master of open guard sweeps. This week he demonstrates how to create more kinetic energy by bridging your hips. He uses his hips like a boxer would to generate the power he needs to move his opponent's base, sweeping him over.
This week, Alexey Cruz wraps the arm with his leg. On occasion your opponent will stop the position and not let your foot wrap completely. Alexey does not stop the momentum and drives his hook across his opponent's body creating torque on the shoulder. A quick shift of the hips and your opponent concedes the sweep.
Dedeco continues this week with another power play sure to improve your open guard game. This week, Dedeco wraps his opponents arm in an effort to create leverage for a sweep. High level BJJ players will try to rotate their hand away from the wrap in order to regain control. Dedeco shares with us a nice way to keep them from doing so.
This week Rafael "Formiga" Barbosa shares with us one of his secrets from reverse half guard. If you want to know how to attain the reverse half, check out one of our former experts Ricardo Liborio in the archives. When Formiga swings his leg over, he makes sure to pinch his knees together which keeps his opponent's leg and hips trapped. This power play is simple but may be the missing piece for your reverse half guard.
Dedeco has one of the most dynamic guards in sport BJJ. A good open guard is all about the details and this week, Dedeco shares one of his secrets for controlling and unbalancing your opponents upper body. This technique is very effective, become proficient at it and it will jump your open guard to the next level.
4th Degree De LA Riva black belt Alexey Cruz knows the guard like the back of his hand. When fighting at the next level, it truly becomes a chess match, and it's important to leave no holes for your opponent to exploit and pass. If you make this simple change to where you place your foot it will allow you to get more sweeps on higher level guys.