The ideal position in a fight is the mount. If you are unable to maintain the mount, you can use your legs to wrap the opponent in a position called the guard. The guard is the “secret weapon” for any Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. From the guard, you can apply joint locks and choke holds to subdue even the largest opponent. These submissions can only be executed, however, if you survive long enough to attempt them. With an outraged opponent in your guard, it is almost certain that punches will be thrown at your face from every possible angle. The Punch Block Series will enable you to neutralize all punches and exhaust your opponent until the opportunity arises to execute a sweep or submission. The Punch Block Series is broken down into four stages which you learn individually and in combination with one another. Technical Slices 1. Stage 1 • Indicator: Opponent attempts to punch your face from within your guard. • Essential Detail: Effective head control and inside arm positioning • Most Common Mistake: Too much energy • Bad Guy Reminder: Only punch directly towards their face for this drill • Drill Orders: Start from mount, cooperative rollout, establish Stage 1, neutralize punches and swims for 10 seconds, reverse roles 2. Stage 2 • Indicator: Opponent pulls their arm back to punch your body or head. • Essential Detail: Fill the space with shins and forearm • Most Common Mistake: Too much time spent in Stage 2 • Bad Guy Reminder: Pull your punches very slow and wide to make the stage 2 transition easy for your partner • Drill Orders: Start in the guard, conduct 2 cycles: 1-2-1-2-1, reverse roles 3. Stage 3 • Indicator: Opponent sits up to generate more powerful punches. • Essential Detail: Quick insertion of the knees with extended hips • Most Common Mistake: Ineffective drop to Stage 1 – no control, no face protection • Bad Guy Reminder: As soon as you sit up to Stage 3 be sure to lean forward and punch to make it realistic • Safety Tip: When returning to Stage 1 be cautious of an accidental head butt or elbow strike • Drill Orders: Start in the guard, conduct 2 cycles: 1-3-1, 1-2-3-1, reverse roles 4. Stage 4 • Indicator: Opponent stands up to throw punches. • Essential Detail: Slight bend in the knees and toes facing out • Most Common Mistake: Split drop instead of a controlled drop of your opponent • Bad Guy Reminder: Lean forward realistically to make it easier for them to drop you to Stage 1 • Safety Tip: When transitioning from Stage 3 to Stage 4 drop your hips for neck protection and better control • Drill Orders: Start in the guard, conduct 3 cycles: 1-4-1, 1-3-4-1, 1-2-3-4-1, reverse roles
In a street fight, your opponent will most likely try to defeat you using one of two methods: 1) knock you out while standing, or 2) tackle you and then knock you out on the ground. You have already learned how to establish the clinch if they attempt to knock you out while standing. If instead, they try to tackle you, you should resort immediately to the Guillotine Choke. In this lesson you will learn the Basic Application first, and then you will learn the two variations that you’d most likely use on the streets.
Technical Slices™ 1) Basic Application (Preparation Drill) Essential Detail: Hips forward and shoulders back during squeeze Most Common Mistake: Loose initial wrap Safety Tip: Tighten neck muscles for protection Drill Orders: Start standing, 1 repetition on each side, reverse roles 2) Standing Variation Indicator: Opponent attempts to tackle you. Essential Detail: Sprawl out until the choke is fully secure then stand up to apply pressure Most Common Mistake: Trying to apply pressure from the sprawled position Bad Guy Reminder: Continue driving during the tackle Drill Orders: Start standing, neutralize tackle, apply choke, reverse roles 3) Guard Pull Variation Indicator: Opponent effectively resists the Standing Variation. Essential Detail: High guard and full body extension during squeeze Most Common Mistake: Loose neck control during the transition to guard Bad Guy Reminder: Tighten up your neck muscles and post your hands out during the fall Safety Tip: Squat and shoot your hips far back to avoid knee to groin Drill Orders: Start in the standing Guillotine position, pull guard, apply pressure, reverse roles