Friday, April 22, 2011
JIMMY PEDRO SHOWS US SOME DEVISTATING JUDO THROWS, NO MORE BUTTSCOOTING PEOPLE.
For all the beauty and grace that Jiu-Jitsu has, there's still one ugly, swollen pimple on the face of it. If your school is anything like 95% of typical BJJ gyms, you often start rolling on the knees.
Now, there are usually two things that follow starting on the knees:
1. Someone decides to take one for the team, and sits guard. Rolling continues.
2. No one wants to start in guard, and each person tries to gain the top position by making body movements that resemble a charging bull. That, or someone stands tall on his/her knees and visually threatens his/her opponent in to pulling butterfly guard.
I'm not certain, but the last time I checked up on my BJJ philosophy, these weren't options in the books of Carlos Sr. or Helio (they don't actually have books, but you know what I mean).
So, grappler, it's time for you get on top. Stop being frail, and bring some judo into your life. The best part? Yes, this can be done from the knees ... with a little ingenuity. Take a look at some pointers from 4X Olympian and 2012 Olupmic Judo Team coach, Jimmy Pedro (brought to you by our buddies at BJJ Weekly), and make it work for you.