Hints & Tips

Defeating Larger Oponents

This is a common problem and question, so I thought I would post the strategies that have worked for me, as opposed to the useless general advice you often get — “stay active” “take the back” and “work on your technique!” etc.

Basically there are four moves that I have found to greatly increase my chances against big opponents. I always go for the first three, and fall back on the fourth.

1) Armdrag to back. Everybody knows it, but this should be your first option against the larger and stronger opponent. You can often easily pull that arm across, stay tight to it, and take the back.

2) Omoplata from closed guard. It is a crying shame many people view this, my favorite technique in all of BJJ, as somehow exotic or impractical. It is a powerhouse sweep, that will enable you to use your leg to sweep even the most hulking opponent. Bigger guys tend to keep their hands to the side and be slower, so they are especially vulnerable to this.

3) Spider guard. This is the best of all guards against a stronger opponent. You will massively overpower their arms, they will be very destabilized at all times (if you do it right), and most of the passes require speed that the larger opponent doesn’t often have.

4) Turtle guard. Important to learn this as a fallback defense, because you can never let a bigger opponent get side control or N/S, since you are unlikely to ever escape. Big guys usually end up in side control, they are very good at maintaining it, and you will burn all your energy fast trying to get at. Just roll to turtle if you spot your guard about to be passed.

Check this post out too http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f12/how-i-deal-larger-stronger-heavier-opponents-gi-bjj-765224/

33 Strategies to War

Part I: Self-Directed Warfare

  • 1 – Declare War on Your Enemies: The Polarity Strategy
  • 2 – Do Not Fight the Last War: The Guerrilla-War-of-the-Mind Strategy
  • 3 – Amidst the Turmoil of Events, Do Not Lose Your Presence of Mind: The Counterbalance Strategy
  • 4 – Create a Sense of Urgency and Desperation: The Death-Ground Strategy

Part II: Organizational (Team) Warfare

  • 5 – Avoid The Snare of Groupthink: The Command and Control Strategy
  • 6 – Segment Your Forces: The Controlled Chaos Strategy
  • 7 – Transform Your War into a Crusade: Morale Strategies

Part III: Defensive Warfare

  • 8 – Pick Your Battles: The Perfect Economy Strategy
  • 9 – Turn the Tables: The Counterattack Strategy
  • 10 – Create a Threatening Presence: Deterrence Strategies
  • 11 – Trade Space for Time: The Nonenagement Strategy

Part IV: Offensive Warfare

  • 12 – Lose The Battles But Win The War: Grand Strategy
  • 13 – Know Your Enemy: The Intelligence Strategy
  • 14 – Overwhelm Resistance With Speed and Suddenness: The Blitzkrieg Strategy
  • 15 – Control the Dynamic: Forcing Strategies
  • 16 – Hit Them Where it Hurts: The Center of Gravity Strategy
  • 17 – Defeat Them in Detail: The Divide and Conquer Strategy
  • 18 – Expose and Attack Your Enemy’s Soft Flank: The Turning Strategy
  • 19 – Envelop The Enemy: The Annihilation Strategy
  • 20 – Maneuver Them Into Weakness: The Ripening For the Sickle Strategy
  • 21 – Negotiate While Advancing: The Diplomatic-War Strategy
  • 22 – Know How To End Things: The Exit Strategy

Part V: Unconventional (Dirty) War

  • 23 – Weave a Seamless Blend of Fact and Fiction: Misperception Strategies
  • 24 – Take The Line of Least Expectation: The Ordinary-Extraordinary Strategy
  • 25 – Occupy the Moral High Ground: The Righteous Strategy
  • 26 – Deny Them Targets: The Strategy of the Void
  • 27 – Seem to Work for the Interests of Others While Furthering Your Own: The Alliance Strategy
  • 28 – Give Your Rivals Enough Rope To Hang Themselves: The One-Upmanship Strategy
  • 29 – Take Small Bites: The Fait Accompli Strategy
  • 30 – Penetrate Their Minds: Communication Strategies
  • 31 – Destroy From Within: The Inner Front Strategy
  • 32 – Dominate While Seeming to Submit: The Passive-Aggressive Strategy
  • 33 – Sow Uncertainty and Panic Through Acts of Terror: The Chain Reaction Strategy

Sissors Sweep
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Hip Control
Excellent article giving a brilliant breakdown from all the different positions.
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Tips to Guard Passing

1) Strip the grip – Make sure you grip fight – this is keep to keeping your posture. Get yours and deny his.
2) Multiple guard pass techniques essential – 2 at least ! Standing or sitting. Your opponent may be good at one so you switch to the other – he may be good at defending the standing so you switch to double under …. good at one side so switch to other. If defence is good against a fast guard pass use a pressure guard pass and vice versa.
3) Be fast for mobility OR pressure for slow.
4) Stabilise the pass.

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