Strategy Building-101: Building Moves that work in both Gi and No-gi

I love techniques that transcend beyond Gi or No-gi… no limits, just submissions! Yes, lapel chokes are fun… but when you can choke someone using JUST your body…that’s pretty amazing. I like to employ this same methodology in my own teaching / training. Finding moves that work in both gi and no-gi is a smart game plan. You don’t have to choose which form of practice you prefer… maybe one week or day is gi and another day you do no-gi. It’s a fun way of training with limitless possibilities. It doesn’t mean you ignore “gi-centric” moves, quite the opposite. You still train with the gi, but you add additional chokes and attack sequences that don’t require the gi. To take it to an even deeper level you can layer both sets of attacks. Maybe you start with a lapel attack as a distraction before moving onto a no-gi attack. This will confuse and confound your opponents. The more complicated you can make your attacks the better off you’ll be. That may sound contradictory but nevertheless it’s true. If you think about it, everything is confusing at first, until it’s not. Through time and practice you’ll anchor the sequences and they’ll require little to no thought or even effort. If you are putting together a sequence or 5 or 6 moves you’ll need to break them up into bite-sized chunks. Start by memorizing the first set of moves. Here’s a simple example: You start with an Americana from mount. They defend by reaching across to grab their own arm. You transition to the arm-bar. That’s a two-move sequence. Not too difficult to get good at if you practice it. Once you gain some mastery of the two-move sequence you add even more. Maybe they defend the arm-bar by grabbing their hands together. So you slide your leg through the arms and secure a triangle choke. They defend the triangle so you go back to the arm-bar…and so on. When you look at the entire series on it’s own you might be overwhelmed…especially if you’re a beginner. But if you break it up into two moves at a time it becomes digestible. This is how you build a “complicated” game of Jiu-Jitsu. Easy for you… but impossible for your partners to solve. This is when complicated becomes easy.

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