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Looking for some help, folks.
I would like to compile a comprehensive list of BJJ drills. I would like to add them to my website as a training asset for all who do drills. I am seeking these drills in any format you can provide; the only requirement is that the information is sufficient to reasonably execute the drills.
I am open to suggestions for this project, and certainly open to partners in this project.
Please, let me hear your thoughts about this project, and of course I would be very grateful for contributions. Post here, and/or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I am working with a fellow instructor at my school and we incorporates many of the wrestling drills. Here are a couple of the drills. Hope they are useful.
1. Chest to back circle w/o crossing the feet
2. Back to chest circlew/o crossing feet, elbows tight, hands in front
3. Chest to back/back to chest switching drill: Begin at either position, at the command of switch change from the current position to the opposite along with changing the direction. Also, there should be no loss of body contact on the switch.
From the guard: Shoulder walks- Have the person on the bottom close the guard, the top person goes to the stack or horse stance position and the bottom person must maintain the closed guard and walk on their shoulders.
Thanks Darrell! Great to hear from you. Hope to see you again - it's been a few years.
Can I contact you for further details regarding the first two drills? I do something similar, but I want to make sure I get yours right.
Great to hear from you as well.
Of course. I have others for you as well.
39 views to this thread but only Darrell has offered me help? What's up with that, guys?
Darrell, I will be giving you a buzz shortly. I was hoping to have something to send to you in my hands before I called you. I did some private instruction in L.A. a couple of weeks ago, they shot some footage, and are throwing it on CD. It's got a couple of drills, but mostly technique (all groundfighting stuff). Interested in receiving a copy?
Shoulder walks are great! We also add using your elbow to dig in and pull yourself out of being stacked.
For warmups we elbow escape the length of the mat, switching sides. We do right and left bridges, penetrations steps, and the favorite: One guy stands with good base-you grab his head/lapel and jump to guard and lock your feet-then let go with your hands and put them behind you and hold yourself up as long as you can. great ab work
Another good one from the guard - partner stands over you and you switch arm bars right and left.
Sorry for the delay.
I am ALWAYS interested in getting more information. Its rough being an eternal White Belt!
Bottom guy, closed guard. Moves for Oma plata on opponents left arm. Keeps opponents head down against chest and begins pushing head away as he rotates to bring his right leg across the back for Oma plata. When two are parallel, bottom guy encourages the roll by pulling up on opponents foot. After opponent is rolled he moves to full mount. Bottom guy turns to side, slides leg through for hip escape and then replaces the guard. Drill repeats. This is a good warm up drill. Variation would be as opponent goes for omaplata, top guy puts his head down and hops completely over for the counter and side control (make sure you dont block the hip).
Well there was the one day that Cliff had me doing this for about an hour striaght:
Start on your back in mounted position
sweep to guard
basic guard pass to side control
from side control to full mount
and again, and again, and again......
Mike- That sounds pretty cool...any chance you can post a video of it?
Similar to the one that Dennis posted, we do a side-escape drill:
-Start on your back, partner has your head and one arm wrapped-up in side-mount.
-Get on your near-side hip and shrimp hard to create space, reaching your far-side hand through to hook his far knee.
-With the leg hooked, turn-over onto your stomach (while keeping your base low).
-Bring your legs in, and plant your shoulder into his stomach (from the side).
-You should have one leg hooked already, (so using your free hand) hook the other leg. Pull them in together, and push him over. You should end-up in guard with one of his feet trapped.
-Pass guard (on the trapped-side), take side mount, wrap the head and arm.
-Now the bottom guy does the drill.
I've got more, but work calls.
Aaron, sure I'll see if I can put something together this weekend.
Dennis's and Cliff's above drill is my all-time favorite!
Here are a few more ideas for you.
1) Falling armbar drill. From mount, he reaches up and you put one arm over, one arm under, all the weight on the hands, and spin into a falling armbar. There are a lot of details to this one including making sure that the spinning motion includes a lean toward the opponent's head, puts one foot in the armpit (somehow proved to be a very important detail in the drill), and making sure that all the weight is on the hands is key as the spinning leg gets stuck when the driller gets tired.
This drill includes a quick and efficient way of moving. If the attacker is on the defender's right side (so the defender's head is on attacker's left), attacker shoots both legs up in the air, pivots/rotates on shoulders to his left, and when his legs come back down he swings himself back into the mount (top) position. Tough to describe.
2) Side-control arm attacks. Go from keylock/americanna to straight armbar to kimura to gooseneck. Defender keeps moving the arm to defend (at drill-intensity, not match-intensity) and attacker finds the best submission from whatever position and movement he's getting.
3) Side-control lappel attacks. Arm behind head do the following submissions:
- clock choke from grabbing own collar
- collar choke from his own collar
- bat chokes with defender's arm high and defender's arm low (bat choke = hold the collar, insert hand in lappel, rotate, and choke with forarm across his neck)
Attacker reverses arm so it's pointing toward his feet, not his head and do a gentle neck-crank/guillatine.
4) Sprawl attacks - from sprawl, work each attack, get the tap, let him escape and resume. This may involve going through several positions on the way to the begining again, which is fine. Just have the guys practice their technique correctly again to get there.
- Spinning loop choke, roll out, and set up again
- Toland/Oaklahoma to side-control (one underhook, one guillatine positioned arm, rotate the guy to his back in side-control. If you use the underhook, it's a "Toland". If you use the guillatine, under chin grip, it's an Oaklahoma. I try Toland first, if he plants a foot, go the other way.)
- chest-to-chest spin to back, get hooks, watch your balance!
- block sit-out with arm and try to keep the guy from sitting out and escaping. Just hold position while he tries to escape.
5) Open guard:
- hold cuffs, collar, push on hips, pull on knees, etc., and keep rotating the grips, retaining control as the other guy offers light resistance.
- keep the guy in open-guard while he tries to pass. End drill upon submission, closed guard, or sweep to mount.
- guy stands up and attacker must shoot a triangle, an armbar, and a sideways armbar (like the proper one but feet crossed, head inside, and pull arm to the side). Keep switching and looking to get what you can while emphasizing hip rotation.
6) From back mount, sitting, hooks in and hold lappels and try to hold on as the defender tries to escape.
In all drills, do both sides, and lather, rinse, repeat....
Hope this helps some.
Brian R. VanCise
I like Dennis & Cliff's drill that is probably the best starting
drill in all BJJ! Sometimes when I do not have a partner
available I break down drills and figure out ways to do them
myself in the air with no partner! While not as good as having
a partner it really helps you to ingrain the technique and
visualize what you are doing!
Brian R. VanCise
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