Epi 240 Playing a Tight or Loose BJJ Game

Do you play a tight BJJ game that limits your opponent, or do you play a loose game that involves many different elements.

We talk about:

  • Define tight and loose games
  • What do we tend to play
  • Who should play loose
  • Who should play tight
  • What is better for learning
  • What is better for performance

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Epi 163 Get Better Faster With Two Moves From Each Position

We are excited to talk about this great training method for everyone from white belt to black. This can be a way to quickly help you develop and find the best techniques for your game.twomoves

W e talk about:

  • The advantages of working on two techniques at the same time for each position
  • The mount from top and bottom
  • Side control both top and bottom
  • A tip for escaping side control
  • Attacks and escapes from the back
  • Why rescricting your options can make you better
  • How long you should work on the same techniques
  • Developing your game over the long term
  • Tips on developing a guard
  • Tips on learning guard passes

Quote of the week: “No pain no gain” presented by Rodrigo Pinheiro

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Starting from your knees- The good, the bad, and the worn out gi pants


Starting from your knees can be good and bad.


The good– Starting from your knees can make training safer.  Many people get injured during takedowns.  You could get thrown hard, land wrong, or land on someone else.  Takedowns in a crowded room are dangerous.  Starting on your knees avoids this danger.  It is hard to get thrown or get hurt during a takedown if you are already on the ground.  Avoiding injuries is the main benefit to starting on your knees.

The bad– BJJ is plagued with people with poor takedowns.  Many students spend countless hours practicing BJJ, only to avoid rolling with takedowns.  Students know that you can learn a move but you need to be able to perform the move on a live opponent before it is one of your good moves.  If you avoid doing takedowns during rolling your takedowns will suffer.  We have all seen professional MMA fighters desperately pulling guard and failing to get their opponent to the ground.  This situation is often a result of years of starting from the knees way too often.

Sadly a lot of gi pants end up dying too young.

The worn out gi pants– Many students spend too long fighting from their knees.  When two students spend time and energy battling for position from their knees they are wasting their time and not developing their BJJ game.  You are very unlikely to find yourself in a competition with both competitors on their knees.  If this happens to you, stand up or pull guard, and get the match started.  I recommend standing up; this competitor has likely neglected the takedown game and they might give you two easy takedown points.  Don’t spend your time trying to learn neat submissions that are designed for two kneeling competitors.

There is a time and a place for starting on your knees, but don’t overlook the importance of takedowns.  Don’t forget there are other ways to start.  You could start with someone on mount or on the back.  Starting from any position is a great way to avoid injuries from takedowns, and can make rolling even more interesting.


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