Friday, February 26, 2010

If at first you don't succeed, get triangled again.

In my never-ending quest to work my "top-game", I have been trying to make a certain guard pass a part of my (tiny) arsenal. This pass is done by pinning one leg down at the knee with the palm of your hand, on the inside of their thigh, while at the same time keeping their other leg over your shoulder, with your weight on their thigh/butt to keep their hips down.

Here's the thing. If you don't do this pass correctly, you are essentially setting yourself up to get triangled. I am, apparently, an expert at doing it incorrectly and getting triangled. The last few classes, I have been getting triangled left and right.

But I think I've figured out what I'm doing wrong. Instead of keeping my weight on their thigh/butt and on the arm pinning the knee, I am sitting back on my own base and just trying to use my arm strength to keep their legs under control. If you have seen my arms, you will know this is an unwise strategy.

You really have to sprawl to put your weight on them correctly and I am not doing that. I know why. I am not committing fully. I am trying to do the pass and "stay safe" by sitting back on my base at the same time. But, by trying to stay safe, I am actually putting myself in more danger because I am setting the move up incorrectly.

Moral of the story: Either commit or don't try that pass!!

Tomorrow morning, I am going to try it again in my grapples if the situation presents itself. And I am going to commit. I'll let you know how it goes!!


Megan said...

If there's anything I need to work on, it's guard passes. I have yet to find one that I really feel good about. The one you mentioned is interesting.

Jadon Ortlepp said...

Standing passes are pretty high percentage, always a good option.

Jiujitsunista said...

Ben's pass is an awesome pass, but I screwed it up too, and got myself triangled all the time for it. I didn't realize what I was doing wrong until Ben re-showed it to us.... but my that time I had convinced myself I was doing something so wrong the pass was not salvageable or even worth trying, and forced myself to stop using it. Though, I didn't even know it was Ben's pass at the time... I didn't even know when or why I started doing it. lol

ANYWAY - All I was going to say was... It is a hard pass to do correctly, but once you get it down, it is an awesome pass.