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Guard passing remains one of the most important skills to develop in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The guard is a significant part of the Jiu Jitsu world since it offers both offense and defense on the ground even while situated on your back. The ability to pass the guard gives a Jiu Jitsu student an edge as well. Through being able to consistently pass the guard, the offensive and defensive capabilities of an opposing Jiu Jitsu student become less effective.

Becoming talented at guard passing does not refer to learning a ton of different guard passes and merely memorizing them. At dragon within, good guard passing skill is based on understanding a number of basic principles and being able to effectively execute them.

In order to pass the guard, you must go over or under the legs. This is not always safe. Without decent control of an opponent and good posture on your part, a weak guard pass leaves you vulnerable for sweeps and submissions. Dragon Within teaches you the proper technique for passing guard safely and while having control over your opponent.

The process of passing the guard the properly begins with establishing good base and posture. Base refers to maintaining both stability and a low center of gravity, two traits critical to prevent from being off balanced or swept. Posture means your positioning protects the neck, arms, and legs from attacks.

Once your posture and base are solid, the time comes to control the legs and, if the guard is closed, uncross the ankles.

Opening up the closed guard required putting some level of pressure on the legs to force the ankles to uncross. Again, without good base and posture, this is not going to be easy at all. Once you have opened up the legs, you must control them along with the hips. With the open guard, you do not have to uncross the ankles. You simply go right into controlling the hips and legs, although this can sometimes be difficult based on the positioning certain open guard present.

Whether you choose to go over or under the legs, you positively must put pressure on your opponent. Controlling the hips is important to prevent an opponent from putting you back in the guard, although focusing solely on the hips while ignoring the importance of pinning him can make a guard pass weaker. The finishing positions of a guard pass is a pin be it side control, the scarf hold, or even the North/South position. To make a pin work effectively, you have to really anchor your weight down. This process has to start during the guard pass because, quite simply, a loose guard pass is not going to help keep anyone in place for a pin.

Developing these skills can take timeAt Dragon Within, we believe among the best ways to become better at guard passing is to drill. Your training partner can put you in a number of different guards. While the partner offers moderate resistance, you work on guard passing and pinning. Correct your flaws and mistakes and try to improve with each training session. Your guard passing skills might increase immensely as a result.

And great improvement could come far quicker than you ever imagined.

Elbows In! Protecting Yourself When Pinned

No one likes to be pinned down in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Pinning and holding is a large part of the problem The second problems is the arms lose a great deal of strength since supporting muscle groups cease to be involved. As a result, forcing the arm down to execute a bent shoulder lock is not all that tough. An opponent on top has a lot of leverage. Having weak arm posture further reduces the ability to defend the arms. Pulling the arms and elbows in towards the body makes attacking them dramatically more difficult.

In order to escape from the bottom, your elbows must press into points on the opponent’s body in order to create space. This is very difficult to achieve when the elbows are even slightly out of position. When they are too far from the body, they can offer no effective leverage at all.

Does this mean all hope is lost when your elbows are out of position. No, it just means you must make it a priority to bring them back in. Performing a simple short bridge to bump an opponent up can create enough space for just enough time to return the elbows to their correct position.

All of this takes practice and experience, but that is what training is for. As long as you continue to focus on good posture on the bottom, the chances are likely you will improve in no time.

 

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A man in Texas went on a killing spree after his wife put out a protective order against him. This man went looking for her anyway. When he couldn’t find her, he lost it. 6 people were murdered and 1 more in critical condition. I commend the survivor (age 15) for calling 9-1-1. But what if there was a way the other 6 could still be alive? Sure there is no dodging a bullet from this sick individual. And according to CNN news, he had been known to beat his wife and drag her around the house by her hair, while the kids watched. But what if that could have been avoided? Now this is just my honest opinion, but what is a piece of paper to a sick man like him? Also what is dialing a phone going to do when you have to wait up to 10 minutes for a response? It only takes less than a second to fire off a bullet from a gun. But what if these victims knew how to defend themselves? There are many methods of protection against a brutal man, and even knowledge of weapon control and how to handle a situation when a gun is present. There is no getting rid of guns forever, and even if we did, people would find something else to kill with. It is encoded in our DNA like wild animals. Now most of us can control our inner animal. But we can learn the mind-set of how to handle a situation. It takes a lot of training. It takes a lot of discipline and mind control. Now who knows what the exact situation was when this man walked into the house and shot everyone. I do believe there may have been no avoiding it. As soon as anyone sees a gun, they tend to freeze. Some of our highly trained military and police sometimes have a moment of uncertainty. All we can do is prepare mentally and physically.

 

On that note, I believe this mother could have defended herself during the brutal attacks. And the children could have learned how to protect themselves and mother against this individual. There are many techniques to handling a situation when the assailant is clearly bigger than you. There are techniques in Krav Maga that teach students how to defend themselves in a number of different situations. It will teach different holds and grabs to be able to get a smaller person out of the grasp of a bigger person. Similar strategies apply to Jiujitsu. BJJ is more ground oriented, but can show you how to take the battle to ground and how to defend against someone of any size. Both Arts use the strategies of leverage and force. It makes it simple for a smaller person to manipulate an assailants’ body weight and use it against them. Here at Dragon Within, we will not only teach you the proper way to handle a weapon attack, but how to avoid being attached in the beginning. For instance, we will show you that in a gun situation, when giving the attacker what ever he wants doesn’t work, you need to re-direct, control, attack and take away. These simple words can mean a lot when faced with a difficult situation. Getting that gun away from you and out of the attackers hand is key. We can also show you how to give yourself more room to breath when being choked. This way you will be able to breathe long enough to get out of what ever hold you are in. At Dragon Within, we take street defense seriously. There is no joking or taking it lightly.

 

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combat-healthOkay let’s face it, we have all had confrontation at some point or another. We have all had that irritating person in line that picks a fight for no reason. Or have had to deal with a client that we would love to take outside and teach them a lesson. Everyday we face these people. But how is it we don’t act on our instincts? In the animal kingdom, animals fight all the time to the death. But as humans, we are expected to hold it together.

Truth is, it doesn’t always work. As humans we sometimes don’t hold back our manors. We act on instinct to kill. And some of us do just that. Then someone else evaluates them and has every excuse in the book as to why they did it. Okay great, but now how are the rest of us supposed to just deal with that? I mean it’s a vicious cycle. We witness ones family member be attacked and we want to attack someone else. So instead of giving in to these disobedient humans, we could always learn to adapt. We could learn to defend ourselves, while building discipline and confidence to be able to handle ourselves. And that is what Dragon Within aims to do.

Take Krav Maga for example. Krav Maga means contact combat in Hebrew. It is a self-defense based martial art. It takes a little from boxing, muay thai, judo, jiu-jitsu, grappling, and wrestling. Great now you are all wandering what in the world is all that? In simpler words, this style of martial art taught at Dragon Within, was created for the Israeli military. So an entire military system was using this way to defend them selves in battle. Of course over time it was adopted and re-evaluated for a more civilian appropriate approach. This doesn’t mean it was changed in a way that made it less effective.

Dragon Within is known for teaching Krav Maga as a well-known stand in neutralizing any threat while implementing defensive and offensive maneuvers towards aggression. In simpler words, you will learn to avoid the strike before it presents itself and how to counteract the strike if it is thrown at you. Dragon Within teaches students to avoid confrontation in Krav Maga. If it is not possible to do so, Dragon within promotes finishing a fight as quickly and effectively as possible. Attacks are taught to aim for vulnerable areas of the body. At Dragon Within, students are taught to defend themselves against many different styles of attacks and how to counter act them in the most efficient way. Training at Dragon Within can also cover situational awareness and how to be clear of ones surroundings and how to prepare for them.

So now your wandering is the world really that bad? Well why take the chance. Take the time and have the dedication to mentally prepare yourself for what is really out there in the world. We are only evolved animals that have not lost all of our animal instincts.

 

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