Class 20 - Take the Back - Guard [GU-31]; Standing Headlock Defense [GU-26]
Take the Back - Guard -
Use the guard to exhaust your opponent and win the fight. If your opponent is able to get their arm inside your arms from the guard, the best thing to do is swim back inside and establish Stage 1 control. If you can’t swim your arms through and they are able to apply their forearm pressure across your neck, you can redirect their energy and take their back. In order to simplify this technique, we have broken it down into three slices.
Technical Slices™ 1) Head and Arm Control Indicator: Opponent drives their forearm in your throat from Stage 1. Essential Detail: Effective use of legs to control opponent’s weight and neutralize forearm choke Most Common Mistake: Weak initial angle and loose head and arm control Bad Guy Reminder: Lean forward heavily to give your partner the chance to redirect your energy Safety Tip: Tighten up your neck muscles and turn your chin to the side of the elbow to protect neck Drill Orders: Start from Stage 1, achieve Head and Arm Control for 5 seconds, reverse roles 2) Achieve the Angle Indicator: Opponent calms down after you establish Head and Arm Control. Essential Detail: Wait until the opponent stops trying to pull arm out before achieving the angle Most Common Mistake: Creating the escape opportunity by dropping the head to the ground Bad Guy Reminder: Stay strong on your knees rather than falling limp to the ground after the leg chop Drill Orders: Start in Stage 1, Achieve the Angle, control for 5 seconds, reverse roles 3) Final Getup Indicator: Opponent calms down after you acquire the angled body position. Essential Detail: Effective body hug, elbow tuck, and bottom knee base Most Common Mistake: Elbow getup rather than shoulder getup Drill Orders: Start in Stage 1, execute complete technique, reverse roles
Standing Headlock Defense -
Once you establish the clinch on your opponent, there is a good chance that they will get desperate and catch you in a headlock. Without the proper escape strategy, the Standing Headlock can be a very painful and demoralizing experience, but with the proper technique you can turn the tables and use their hold to your advantage.
Technical Slices™ 1) Standing Headlock Defense Indicator: Opponent catches you in a headlock while standing. Essential Detail: Step, sit, and spin in one fluid motion Most Common Mistake: Incorrect sitting position and bending the back leg Bad Guy Reminder: Keep the headlock snug and go with the flow Safety Tip: Tighten up your neck muscles for protection Drill Orders: Start from right-handed Standing Headlock position, 1 repetition, reverse roles