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Your Grappling Style

How do you perfer to grapple, what are your strengths/weaknesses, what do you train in, do you perfer gi or no-gi ?

I train in BJJ and freestyle wrestling and perfer no-gi. I like playing top control, using my wrestling to stuff their shot and clinch up and take them down. I like single legs and front headlocks and bodylocks for throws/takedowns.

My favourite position is cross-body followed up by back mount and I like to kimura/americana from cross and rnc from back. I take the guy down, pass half guard/full guard and work from there ideally. Either that or I stuff a shot and take the back on a go-behind.

My weakness is probably still being mounted by my opponent and to some extent my guard-work.

I try to sweep/scramble out from half-guard/guard bottom or work the armbar or a kimura/hip heist and I am decent at getting out of cross-body. In addition I’d say I am ok at scarf/head and arm postion escapes. My armbar and triangle and omoplata defense is also decent, but it always could use work.

Overall, I’d say I am pretty dependant on my wrestling (all seven or eight months of it, twice or sometimes three times a week :)). I need to keep working my wrestling if I plan to keep playing top and my sweep game from guard bottom.

I need to keep tightening my basics as I am more of a control-based player as opposed to flashy. I will work more and more singles and try to avoid getting the shoulder throw/spin used on me, which is my big weakness on the feet. I also want to improve at sit-out and ankle picks.

I think it is true of most wrestlers that they enjoy taking top, however, I feel this leads to them having a weaker guard which is problematic if they come up against a superior wrestler. Also, wrestlers(in my experience) tend to try and muscle moves in the beginning, this is okay in the beginning against other white and blue belts, but may eventually lead to problems with technique as the weaker guys will learn to adapt their game and overcome the strength advantage…our brown/black belts tend to expend the least energy when rolling and are the most efficient at utilizing their body control and submissions.

I used to hate the gi with a passion, trying to shoot on someone who grabs your collar and locks his arm out would piss me off so fucking bad…now I actually prefer the gi because I feel it is more technical and less forgiving teaching you better submission defense. my opinion anyways.

And yes, I was a wrestling convert.

i’m pretty similar to you , i use greco a lot.

I basically go 100% full speed and just attack attack attack… Every transition, every move i make is into some sort of submission.

Chaining the techniques together you keep your opponent constantly defending.

It’s not the most advanced strategy and it requires you to be in really really good shape, but if you’re throwing your techniques properly then you shouldn’t be usign up THAT much energy (it IS jujutsu still… the gentle art).

Again it’s not what a lot of people think of when they see jiujitsu but it’s paid off in dividends for 2x abu dhabi and mundials champion Marcelo Garcia.

Kind of like in this video of genki sudo, obviously i’m no where as good but you get the idea, speed speed speed speed (and flying triangle is my fav. move):

Ok, I can’t lie, I do sometimes muscle things on. However, I try not to if at all possible. I like to chain certain things together. The americana from mount into a armbar and that into a triangle I use sometimes.

Also, the arm triangle into basically the move where you wrap his arm around his head and turn him onto his gut. The down armbar after I attempt the kimura from guard bottom and the hip heist off a kimura setup; I like both. I also will step over to the back off a failed down armbar.

I will sometimes use the transition to setup and attempt subs. I pass his half guard and then immediatley go knee-on-belly and kneebar or use the head and arm to stuff his arm between my legs and turn into side where the americana is waiting etc.

I will also transition into again the back mount from a failed arm triangle. Having the back is a great thing, as you all know. I have decent back control and even if you can’t sink the choke, you can still get mount if all else fails or throw your leg over to armbar a la Sakuraba.

I especially love front headlock. Man, I can’t tell you how many times this beautiful position has saved me. I just latch on, squeeze and bury my head and work to the back or just hold on and catch my breath or collect my thoughts from there. This move made the Schultz’s famous; I can see why. So simple yet so effective.

The front headlock also screws me up sometimes against a real good wrestler. I am working on switching out/sitting-through a lot though. It’s not fun to be on the receiving end of a tight-as-hell front headlock. You could have your back taken, you could get your ankles picked or you could get sent flying back or tripped.

Another sign I wrestling, from cross bottom, I still bridge up and shrimp but I perfer to turn to my knees to finish a single or a double rather than pulling guard 90% of the time. Half-guard I find serves me better in grappling anyway.

You should make it a point to use days where you focus on technique only and not rely on strength/size/speed/etc to get the tap. It is very humbling at first. Start in bad positions and use what you learned to get out and gain dominant position. Remember that you are there to learn how to grapple and leave your ego at the door. I used to stay after every class and start from open guard because I felt weak there.

When someone taps you, ask them what they did or what your faults were and work from that position to not fall into the same mistake twice.

Ask someone to watch you roll and point out your strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. Bring a digital camera and get pictures taken of you when rolling. This is a way that you can see posture and if you are properly executing the techniques, etc.

Watch others roll without coaching. Just sit there and follow their technique.

If your school has multiple locations, train at various locations so you can train with new people whose game you have not seen. This acts as a refresher so you can see how far you have advanced without simply adapting to other people’s game.

Roll with everyone from beginner to advanced.

I started out no-gi and moved to the gi and I agree that the gi makes things a lot more technical. The first time someone used my sleeves to sink an armbar I was pissed.

I have always liked leglocks. For some reason they just make sense to me. I also don’t mind being in someone’s guard. Many guard passes transition into leglocks quite easily. :slight_smile: Because I have always been so inclined to using leglocks, I don’t use them often. I focus on other aspects of my game. Playing the leglock game is still like candy to me.

Good luck. Grappling is so much fun and will keep you on your toes.

I like to grapple no gi style as well.

Im unstoppable from the bottom. Im pretty much impossible to submit from bottom of mount or crossmount, and my guard is ridiculous.

My favorite position is the guard. Being light Ive spent most of my life on the bottom at whatever sport I played, be it football, wrestling fighting and BJJ. My armbars from the guard are sick, and Ive got a pretty good rear naked choke becuase my arms are strong as hell and not overtly big.

Some things I need more work on are my triangle. Ive got short legs and there obviously stocky and thick from all the squatting/deads that I do. Thickness makes for a more difficult triangle, plus the fact Ive got short legs makes it harder.

EVERYBODY FITS IN HERE SOMEWHERE.

Pre-Excuse Guy:

This guy has to tell you of every ailment, injury, pain, he has in his body, to not allow you to attack those areas. “Oh dude, my (insert body part) been hurting, so no (insert submission) today” Sometimes this guy goes into pre excuse emotional problems he has, and how it will affect his training. If he?s been really ****ty on the mat lately, it?s because he broke up with his girl, and he’ll let you know about it, so you understand why he stinks.

The Laugher:

This guy rolls with you and is constantly laughing at everything to make the roll so friendly that you won?t push any competition against him, or hurt him in anyway. You’re rolling and get by the wall, “Hahahaha… dude we’re way too close to the wall, I didn?t want us to go through the wall…hahahaha…could u imagine, kaplosh!! Then we went through the wall and everyone would look and be like OH **** THEY WENT THROUGH THE WALL…Hahahaha” Your best friend (Talker)- This guy is very similar in his thinking, to the laugher. As soon as you start rolling, this guy wants to know what you did over the weekend, what you’ve been up to, how you’re great with the ladies, and your good at bjj… Again this guy thinks being overly friendly prevents competition.

Drama Guy:

This guy is somewhat tough, but as you push the rolling, sometimes your feet hit his head (incidental), or you go for a cross face, and everything you do is a HUGE injury to him. He constantly stops training to let you know that your finger almost touched his eye, and how he needs a 5 minute timeout, because it left him completely in a daze…he?s confused at where he?s at now. This guy I hate the most, because he literally kills training with all the drama he puts into every tiny incidental contact.

Practice Hero:

This guy stinks, so you roll easy with him, and he?s convinced he can “come up” in the rankings by tapping you, so he’ll go wild out and try hit some crazy heel hook in an effort to get noticed in the class, and loved by the teacher. He trains balls out with zero technique…he wants to be noticed by the entire class

The UG Guy:

This dude never trains but comes in every couple of weeks to let you know all the updated info he has on the MMA game, and how he knows so much more than you do about what?s going on with rival teams in Brazil.

Dominic’s Apprentice:

goes to class 4-5 days a week, works his ass off. But no matter how hard he tries he just doesn’t get any better. He?ll get caught in the exact same armbar 10 times a roll. He still can’t defend the triangle choke. And he gets mounted by everyone.

“Gotta Go” Guy:

This guy always “has to go somewhere” at the exact moment when class shifts from technique/drills to rolling. “Yeah, I got a conference call in two hours…”

Reformed Gangster:

This guy usually turns out in the long run to be the coolest, but the biggest douche bag in the short run. This guy covers all forms of troublemakers or gangsters. He?s a cholo who thinks he?s a badass cuz his vario is tough. He?s a black guy who thinks he?s a badass because he?s black. He?s a white guy who thinks he can kick ass because he gets faded on the weekends and starts fights with guys at a trashy bar.

Each one of these guys comes in with a huge chip on their shoulder, and they get HUMBLED so quickly. After tapping them 6 ways to Sunday every rolling session, as the months go by (if they continue to train), they completely lose their hard gangster persona… its funny to see the transition of some cholos to just a tough ass calm dude down the line…

The “Instructor” :

rolls around like any other guy and can have any skill-level but when you finally get his back and struggle to choke the **** outa him he goes wait, you’ve got wrong mechanics… wait you gotta do like this… More like that etc. He lets you understand that he didn’t get caught and he’s not about to get the **** choked out of him, in fact he’s just in the process of showing you how to choke.

The All Hat No Cattle Guy:

Has every PRIDE and UFC on tape, has every BJJ book ever published, every BJJ instructional video/DVD ever produced, has a wide range of gis to choose from, has at least 10,000 posts on the UG, can recite the contents of bjj.org from memory, and sucks at BJJ; will be awarded a blue belt in about ten years out of pity.

The “Good ****” Guy:

He?s similar to the instructor, in that he can?t accept tapping…so if you are transitioning to a triangle choke, and he?s kind of sunk, but before you fully finish the hold, he’ll tap and give it to you. This guy always taps on the transition to a move, not the move itself, and says “Good ****” like he let u catch him…and considering he didn?t tap when you completely had the choke sunk in, you didn?t really beat him.

The “Let’s Go Light” Guy:

who then proceeds to decapitate you and tear you limb from limp with neck cranks and head squeezes

The Gasser:

Goes all-out for 30 secs and blows his wad. Then taps when u get a dominant position

The “This Is My First Lesson” Guy:

which translates to ‘this is my first lesson here’ but I was an NCAA div 1 wrestling champ and trained in Brazil for a few years

The Spy:

This guy comes in one day, is very friendly, seems to know a lot about BJJ scene and says he’s from out of town. He rolls and blends in with the students, seems like a very promising prospect for the club. Result: You never see him again after the first class and months later when browsing a competition’s website you see the mother****er in their seminar photos being one of their “regulars”.

The Shadow-Boxer:

The guy who has some striking martial art experience (usually a TMAer who can’t accept the fact that his black belt is being rendered useless by these 150-lb. guys who tap him relentlessly) and decides to feint it in BJJ class. While rolling, will throw fake shots, to simulate a Vale Tudo match. Convinced that a punch will change the pace of the match from anywhere, in the clinch, from his guard, while mounted by someone much better. Usually, this specimen’s actions can be halted with a quick leg grab/take down while he is throwing a knee from the clinch.

Takada Guy:

His one goal is to not tap under any circumstances, considering that lasting is almost like winning. This guy mounts no offence at all and concentrates exclusively on tucking in all his extremities and ‘nullifying’ your game. After a round of wasting your time and his, will give you the “you couldn’t tap me, so we’re about even in skill” look and gasp his way to the sidelines to sit the next roll out.

The “One Move Wonder” Guy:

This is the guy who manages to get really good at one position/submission and only goes for that one particular move. While somewhat impressive in the beginning, this is the eternal blue belt that dominates the beginners but never develops the rest of his game. Normally seen with a bronze or silver medal at the local tourneys.

The Pressure Pointer:

Usually a black belt in some other form of martial art who once you mount him or working on choking him, will try to do some kind of pressure point prior to tapping.

The “Challenge The Weakest Antelope In The Herd” Guy:

This is the guy that stands around or stretches when everyone first starts rolling. Then when a new white belt takes a break from rolling, he hops on the mat and says "Hey, lets roll a bit?. He then proceeds to own the fatigued white belt with an assortment of wild crazy subs.

The Natural:

some guy, usually young, comes into the gym and at first gets beat all over the mat, but slowly and surely every week, he gets better. After one week, you can no longer have your way with him. After two, you can only catch him with your best moves. After three, you are struggling to tap him. One month passes and you are tapping each other. Another month and the roles reverse. He will soon tap people you’ve never even gotten close to.

The False Technician:

Every class this guy?s going up to somebody wanting to show them a ?new move? that he?s ?invented.? If he considers you ?technical? enough he will let you drill his patented omoplata to triangle to armlock to kneebar to toehold combo with him. The major problem with this guy is that he can?t pull any of these moves off on anybody save for the newest guy.

The false technician gets owned by almost everybody else and burns with hate for those who school him on the mat with a simpler but more solid game.

The Human Vice:

The beginner who plays football or lifts, who’s sole form of defense and offense is to latch onto your head and squeeze with all their strength. Then you simply sit in the dominant position, usually side control, until they become exhausted let go and then tap 3 seconds later when you go to knee ride or mount

The Lurker:

This is the guy who will sit on the wall and watch you train for an hour w/ every upper belt in the class, saving his energy. Then when you lie on the mat exhausted, will come up to say “wanna train?” but will never train w/ you when you are fresh.

The Sweat Dripper:

some guy, usually late 30’s, early 40’s, that sweats buckets that DRIP on your face when he’s in your guard. You pretty much have to tap as his sweat pours into your eyes, mouth, etc.

Rigor Mortis Guy:

His plan is to not let you do anything you want to, by grabbing your sleeve, pants or whatever and holding them at arms length. He doesn’t really care if he gets swept or not - as long as his arms remain frozen stiff…he’s won!

Parkinson’s Guy:

A close relative to Rigor Mortis Guy He displays the same brilliant strategy, but makes it extra special by shaking violently due to muscular fatigue.

Commando Guy:

Thinks that all forms of underwear restrict his game and hence chooses to go without. Nothing like a testicle rubbing on your inner thigh to freak you out and let him pass with ease. (Does help sharpen your north/south position escapes though.)

Kaji-Kempo or Japanese Jiu-jitsu guy:

Lets you work on your inferior BJJ techniques and wants to only work on his BJJ techniques as well, but has no problem telling you that if you were “really rolling” he would have done a wristlock to escape but he knows his techniques are superior so he doesn?t need to work on them.
“No Time To Tap” Guy:

thinks that hurting your teammates is a necessity and will put his hips into every armbar, triangle, choke, heel hook etc. Gives you no time to tap whatsoever and pops your elbow until you decide you don?t want to roll with the freak anymore. The guy may even be apologetic afterwards but if you feel so bad why the **** didn?t you give me a second to tap???

Sambo Guy:

I get this one all the time. People think that because I studied under Val Ignatov I have awesome leglocks…Actually most of our game was working the top position, getting position, and some cool armbars. We have some good leglocks but don’t completely dismiss your guard game because of it.

The Wrestler

NEVER does the takedowns the BJJ instructor shows because they are inferior, and even when you are drilling that move shows you the “real” way to do it. Always stands up in your guard and you always have long grueling matches with him but he never taps you out. However, your neck is always sore for the next two days because he has such good head control.

The Professor:

He’s the 34 year-old, chubby guy in the corner with the knee-braces who never rolls anymore b/c he’s recovering from a neck injury (for the past year or so). That doesn’t prevent him from sharing his “encyclopedic” knowledge of grappling with anyone with the misfortune to sit within 15 feet of him. He’s “best-friends” with the instructor. He’s been to every UFC, every local seminar in the past 10 years, and has memorized every instructional video and book available, and will tell you about every possible variation, especially moves that wouldn’t work on a person in a coma. Oh, and the Professor will be getting his purple belt “any day now” – “just as soon as my neck’s better.”

Puny Human Guy:

He doesn’t want to use (or for you to use) any strength at all (as if Bjorn were supposed to develop telekinetic powers). Whenever you tap him, he’ll look disgruntled because, of course, you only got him by using strength.

The Attention Deficit Disorder Guy:

You think he should be force-fed an overdose of Ritalin before every class. He’s rolling with you, but at the same time he’s listening to every single conversation happening on the mat, and paying some attention to every other fight. He’ll give advice to the guys rolling near you AS he tries to pass your guard, he will laugh at a joke someone made on the other side of the mat space when you have him in side control, and he will also interfere with someone else’s conversation when he is in your guard. One sure way to tap him is pointing to the entrance and say something like “what’s Royce doing in here ?” and then take his back as he begins to look around. Oh yeah…he’s the guy who is always babbling when your instructor is showing a technique too…

Stinky Guy:

We all know one. Take an f?ing shower once in a while.

Nail Guy:

Looks like you just rolled with Freddy Kruger afterwards.

Preparation Guy:

this guy takes 30 minutes to get ready back-stage while the class is doing pushups. He tapes every finger and toe with medical tape for some reason

The Pre-Tapper:

This guy has such a quick mind that he?s able to tap 3-4 moves ahead of an actual submission! I

Positive Reinforcement Guy:

Taps you 10 times in 6 minutes and then goes “man, you’re getting a lot better.”

The Class-Size Regulator:

every now and then, when the class gets too big and the instructor starts making money, this monster comes around and injures about 20 dudes- resulting in a much more comfortable training environment for all

“Talker, Texas Ranger”:

These are the guys who are so afraid of subs that they can’t rely on tapping but have to verbally submit. But instead of yelling “TAP!” or “STOP!” They say non-decisive things like “yeah, ok” or “you got it” When someone gets a knee blown out or someone gives up a hold thinking you verbally quit because you can’t just tap the guy’s body, that?s bull****.

The Spaz:

Closely related to “Let?s go light” guy except he doesn?t try to fool you into thinking he?s going light before he goes spastic. This guy usually is medium sized and just goes crazy in every position available. If you?re on your knees trying to work for position he?ll often either bum rush you or try the traditional shove, the spas will push as hard as he can from every position and often with much force so it?s almost a punch, the spaz is also prone to slamming out of submissions.

The Latecomer:

This guy shows up to every class exactly when the grueling warm-up is over and is always fresher than everybody else come rolling time.

Dumb as a Rock Guy:

You try to teach him a technique and he just won?t get it. After 3 month of drilling upa, he’ll say: “ok, what arm do I grab again?”

Faux Gay Guy:

He finds it humorous to act gay and scare people on the mat with it. He is known to tie his t-shirt under his gi, or challenge other people while lisping on the mat. Sometimes he will make sexual gestures while rolling while rolling while the victim has no clue why the rest of the class is laughing. He often requests the instructor to put on 80’s new wave when he turns on the radio.

WON?T LET YOU PRACTICE **** GUY:

This guy is the HANDS DOWN WORST guy to practice with. Whenever learning a new technique, or sweep…anything, this guy wont let you do the move (during practice not rolling). This guy comes in different forms. 1. He won?t let you do the move, because he resists it so much, so you’re never able to learn the move properly…and you look like an ass because everyone else in the room is doing it, but you can?t because of your “tough as balls” partner. His constant resistance makes you look like crap in front of the instructor. 2. This guy won?t let you learn the move properly because he ****ing collapses before you’ve completed the sweep. This guy is like a loose ass piece of paper. You’re transitioning for the sweep, before you even kick his leg to turn him, you find he?s already on his back, and he most likely pulled you on top of him to full mount. Yes, this guy makes you look great, but in the tournament you get your ass handed to you, cuz for some reason, your opponent turns into Douche Bag #1 who resists!!

“Can I Try Something On You?” Guy:

While rolling, this guy (who has never tapped you, and will never tap you) says something along the lines of “Hey, can I try something on you real quick? I just want to work out the mechanics on something…” He puts you in his rear mount, sinks the hooks in, and violently puts you in a choke AT THE EXACT MOMENT THE INSTRUCTOR WALKS BY, you tap, and the instructor says to the guy “Very good! You’re showing much improvement!” and looks at you with a mild look of disbelief on his face.

“WhatChaWeigh?” guy:

Whenever he taps to something, he asks what his opponent weighs. If it’s even 200 grams more than him, he nods as if to suggest that he only lost due to weight mismatch. He has probably asked you your weight at least once a week for the past year. (Note that when this guy fights smaller people, he forgets to ask)

BackFromGym Guy:

Seems to only come to class on days he has worked out at the gym. Lets you know that he is tired and weak from his work out. Makes sure you know exactly how much he benched that day.

The “I Suck” Guy:

Any time he gets tapped by someone at the school he starts loudly talking about how much he sucks. He keeps repeating this over and over until someone notices and reassures him that he’s good. If anyone ever agrees with him that he really does suck, he sulks and doesn’t come back to class for about three weeks.

A few more…

The Former Star:

This guy used to be one of the best in the class, able to do anything to anyone whenever he wanted. Stops training for a while, comes back and gets all disappointed that other people have actually improved and gotten better than him since he left. Usually decides to train hard for a week or two to regain his position, but gets frustrated quickly when he doesn’t immediately become godlike. Very often decides to write a book about grappling or discuss game plans with others instead of actually practicing or rolling.

“Getting Serious Again” Guy:

has been training for as long as you can remember. He comes to class after being out for a while and always says the same thing…“Man, I (insert excuse like injury, wife or g-friend, kids, work, car trouble, finances), but I’m back for good now, you’ll see me here everyday!” and then he again disappears after like 2 weeks of training. 3 or 4 months down the road…repeat above sequence.

The Asshole:

First day for any whitebelt, the asshole will try to heelhook them, neck crank them, or otherwise grind the **** out of them just to feel an ounce of power. Since the asshole won’t train with any serious challenges, however, the whitebelt will eventually surpass him, and the asshole will mysteriously disappear from class.

The Future Champ:

He is pure Bigger wanna-be carioca, knows the names of every BJJ champ and the latest gossip from the UG. He talks about being Mundial champion from whitebelt, yearns to move to Brazil to train, is always looking to do another seminar or private with a Brazilian, and yet does not attend class regularly, always has an injury or excuse when it’s time to compete, wants to drill rather than spar, and talk rather than drill.

The De-Man-Izer:

This is the small person (often a girl) who will single out the biggest, highest ranking male she can find, then fling her tiny body at him and proceed to beat him down and tap him within an inch of his life. Often, her victims will lose all testicular fortitude, cry, and quit the sport for life…

The Tough-Ole-Bastid:

This is the guy who started later in life but despite his age, he is tougher than 90% of the twenty-something?s. He can get kneed in the head, kicked in the groin, or have his arm near torn off, and barely grimace as he continues to grapple (often against someone a lot bigger).

The Tougher-Older-Bastider:

This is the guy who started even later in life and despite a host of injuries, does 1hr of circuit training before class, grapples all the good/big folks in class despite being injured, and then bikes the 20 miles home telling everyone he’ll see them tomorrow for morning class.

The Codger:

This is also an old dude who just does it for fun. Against new people, he trash talks–“Can you feel the armbar coming? Can you feel it?” Against better people, he still trash talks “Missed that choke? Something not go as planned?!”

The Bleeder:

This guy got a mat burn the first time he rolled and has been knocking off the scab every time since.

The “Can you Show that Again?” Guy:

This guy never has a good enough angle when the instructor demonstrates the move. Once the drilling begins, he usually has to watch the people next to him do the move at least two or three times before attempting it himself. He sometimes resorts to calling the instructor over and asking a question before he even attempts the move.

The Humble ****-You-Up Guy:

This dude is a really good bjj guy but he?s humble, and scared as ****. This guy will tap you at times, then immediately talk about how he sucks, and you’re so much better and it was pure luck…to get over that initial awkward feeling between you two, when you just tapped to him.

Take Every Advantage Guy:

can always be found taking any advantage he can get while rolling. If starting on knees, he’ll stand up to get leverage. He’ll accidentally rip one of your fingers back to break your grip. He’ll poke you in your butt to get you to stop from going for that leglock. When you finally get him in a bad position, he’ll ask you stop for a minute “because we are too close to the wall,” and then he’ll want to restart back on the knees. This Guy acts this way because he treats every training session as the Finals of the Pride Grand Prix.

The Lazy Possum:

This guy has some skills but he fights really lazy and defensively most of the time and you think you have his number. But on occasion when there’s an audience or some chick watching he decides to bring his A game and you’re in a world of surprise, the guy suddenly becomes Marcelo Garcia.

The Gassing Giant:

This guy is an ex-power lifting bouncer type who throws you around for 5 minutes, but then winds up on his back and as soon as you think to yourself “now it?s my turn” he suddenly becomes too exhausted to continue and quickly says “let?s take a break man”.

Sack of Knees and Elbows Guy:

A squirmy bastard, usually an explosive athlete, you dominate this guy, but you feel like someone put you in a sack full of knees and elbows and started to shake it violently. After rolling, you are bruised up, if not cut.

The Kung Fu Grandmaster:

He always reassures you in the fact that he is a blackbelt in some traditional style , as you start to roll he grabs you with a death grip from hell and will never pull guard , even after two years of training. You pull guard and sweep him with a basic butterfly guard because if you pull closed guard he just grabs and pinches your arms making it not worth your effort. You pass his guard and mount, and even after being told 253 times that you cannot wrist lock a guy and throw him off from the bottom mount, he tries it again, and you start salivating from his arm being extended as you slowly move into the armlock.

The Judoka:

Similar to the “name that sub” guy, but this one names the sub in Japanese “yep, that?s juji-gatame” and every time the instructor shows a technique he nods his head and names it in Japanese.

No Responsibilities Guy:

maybe 20 yrs. old, lives at home. His mom washes his gi, make him dinner, and all he does is go to 2 college classes a day and trains the rest. He is always saying you should come down to train Wrestling at another place or Striking at another, meanwhile you have a 9 to 5, wife and kids and a mortgage.

The Lot Shark:

This guy drives to jiu jitsu, trolls the parking lot to make sure none of the guys who hand him his ass’s cars are there before coming in.

Early Retirement Guy:

Taps you the one time in his life and then retires “one up” for life.

The Steven Seagall Grappler:

Tries to take you down by tweaking your wrist…just cant believe that **** won?t work.

Street-Tough guy:

watched a couple UFC’s and decides to come down to the gym and “**** people up.” This guy inevitably picks the weakest looking member of the gym and demands to roll with him. Unfortunately for them, the small guys they pick are usually awesome technicians and they destroy the tough guy. I love playing along with the student when the tough guy demands to spar him. I’ll say stuff like “Do you want to roll with this new guy? Are you sure? He outweighs you and looks pretty mean. If you’re scared or nervous it’s ok.”

The “Heel Hook Hero”:

This guy has no idea how to pass the guard and he doesn’t want to learn. All he wants is to fall back and do his best Ken Shamrock impression. When he meets someone who won’t fall for it he convinces himself that he can beat the guy if he just trains a few more leg locks.

[quote]Nicholas F wrote:
I like to grapple no gi style as well.

Im unstoppable from the bottom. Im pretty much impossible to submit from bottom of mount or crossmount, and my guard is ridiculous.

My favorite position is the guard. Being light Ive spent most of my life on the bottom at whatever sport I played, be it football, wrestling fighting and BJJ. My armbars from the guard are sick, and Ive got a pretty good rear naked choke becuase my arms are strong as hell and not overtly big.

Some things I need more work on are my triangle. Ive got short legs and there obviously stocky and thick from all the squatting/deads that I do. Thickness makes for a more difficult triangle, plus the fact Ive got short legs makes it harder. [/quote]

We’re all gods here mate, but aren’t you blowing yourself a bit too much?

I’m quite new to the game, I practice a mix of sambo wrestling and free catch. My favorite position is the modified mount (aka japenese mount) which offers a lot of armbars and triangle choke options.

I’m a smaller player as well, so I started out with a very guard-based game. I’ve got long, skinny legs (kind of a Royler body type, although the similarity certainly ends there), so I throw them like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve been trying to really up my half-guard and omoplata work of late, though, as these have both been areas of weakness.

I’ve also developed a pretty nasty gi side control with a lot of funky grips and transitions to scarf holds and knee-on-belly variations. I LOVE the clock choke, but I’m not as good at setting it up as I’d like to be. Wrestling this past season has given me a much more aggressive attitude and a better incentive to play the top game, which is a nice change.

I wrestle at Princeton and train BJJ with Ricardo Almeida in Hamilton, NJ.

Hahaha Nicholas, those descriptions are awesome. Did you actually come up with all of that?

I would have to say I fit somewhere along the lines of: The Positive Reinforcement and The Former Star guy.

I used to be the “One Move Wonder” Guy.

All I did was drill the hell out of the triangle from guard, I got good at getting people in my guard and would just fight for triangles and occasionally arm-bars.

Then I realized that I pretty much had no idea how to do anything else.

I read something in one of Royce Gracie’s grappling books that listed closed guard as the worst of the dominant grappling positions.

This coupled with watching people in guard get totally fucked up in MMA has pushed me into trying different stuff.

I’d really like to say that I fight for either back mount, mount or side control right off the bat so that’s my goal I guess.

You know, closed guard isn’t a great position, but it has always been one of the strengths of BJJ that it allows you to counter even when you’re at a disadvantage…there aren’t too many martial arts out there that include that position as one you can attack from…of course it is better to be on top or have the guys back though.

What I really meant in my earlier post about muscling out submissions is that sometimes guys pick a move and go for it rather than seeing what their opponent is giving them and taking it. Granted, it is not an easy thing to do in competition, but keeping the idea in mind during practice will allow you to get better and more well-rounded…tapping in practice is no big deal, it is where we are supposed to learn so you don’t need a big ego in the practice room.

i’m lazy possum/reformed gangster/natural…

came in thinking i was the shit. definitely got schooled. i try to train using as little effort as possible unless dictated. This might just be in my case but usually if i can’t pull the move off half strength, then i’m not doing the technique right… and i hate to be the guy thats like “yes these are my accolades” so i usually just say, “Ya i’ve only messed around a bit” :-p then proceed to go on tapfest 2006

and yea practice is where you’re SUPPOSED to tap. I hate going to a class and it feels like a tourney. what I hate is when no one’s working on shit other than trying to work their way up the heirarchy of whatever gym/school you train at.

when training i used to give up my back on purpose, so that i could practice defending it… you can see the little shit talk that goes on, “ya i got him”. Till you start getting good at defending and countering from that position :-p

[quote]Bram Wiley wrote:
I used to be the “One Move Wonder” Guy.

All I did was drill the hell out of the triangle from guard, I got good at getting people in my guard and would just fight for triangles and occasionally arm-bars.

Then I realized that I pretty much had no idea how to do anything else.

I read something in one of Royce Gracie’s grappling books that listed closed guard as the worst of the dominant grappling positions.

This coupled with watching people in guard get totally fucked up in MMA has pushed me into trying different stuff.

I’d really like to say that I fight for either back mount, mount or side control right off the bat so that’s my goal I guess.[/quote]

I have to agree, I dont like closed guard at all… it really just seems like a stalling position for me and it doesn’t compliment how i like to roll (triple a: attack, attack, attack)…

generally if you can out wrestle the guy you’ll move to a position like side control anyway.

if i need to use my guard i usually end up in spider guard or x-guard and stay hella active.

when i trained at millenia for like a summer, this one guy gabe r-somethin (really badass guy, wish i could remember his last name i believe he teaches bjj at one of the claremont colleges) did something that i found interesting and used a lot lately when sparring mma with larger dudes.

if he did get in a position where he had to use closed guard he would get underhooks and move to like a modified butterfly guard … hold the guy close so he can’t strike him and work from there.

JC. I thought wrestling was just wrestling.