Monday, June 25, 2012


Here we go again, grapplers.  It's time to activate the left hemisphere of your brain and follow some interactive mind mapping with our buddy, Matt Corley.  It's kind of like eating your vegetables and doing plyometrics (note: I don't know what plyometrics is/are) with your mind noodle. 

Matt's got his own kickass blog dedicated solely to the growing and very lucrative field of mind mapping for BJJ.  We've banded together to share some of Matt's work because it's both fascinating and rich in information. 

So, here's Matt's take on the the iconic Kurt Osiander and the all the f*#king up you've done (a long time ago).

Note:  The piece de resistance, i.e., the interactive MIND MAP is linked at the end, so make sure you see it.

You Done F’d Up A Long Time Ago.

I’ve been staring at my computer screen for the last 30 minutes and can’t think of an adequate way to introduce this map and the man behind the techniques in it.  So, in the time honored tradition of writers everywhere I’m going to steal something from someone else.  Thanks to my buds over at DSTRYR SG for this intro (the original post is here):
There are many bad situations in life that can be traced back to a series of material F-ups.  Off the top of my head, getting knocked up in high school, flunking out of school, getting involved with hard drugs and getting arrested/going to prison top of the list.  Getting face tattoo has to be up there too – not sure how much good can come of that.  But, we can’t help you with that stuff here.  We just do grappling.
On that note, being stuck in side control after your opponent secures his/her position and becomes entrenched is a magically screwed position.  It can be discouraging and can exhaust you if you fail to escape.  Logically, the best defense is to avoid the mistakes that got you there in the first place.  But, we know that isn’t always possible.  So, we’re here to help.

You need to watch this video from Kurt Osiander, Ralph Gracie black belt and veteran grappler/fighter, on escaping side control.  Kurt not only has the finest hair style in jiu jitz, he’s funnier than we are and seems like the kind of burly, gnarly dude we’d roll with.  More importantly, his technique and instruction is flawless.  This is basic stuff that you must know (as we often say).  Take it to heart and learn it.  It will save you some pain in the future.
The interactive map is below, you know what to do :)
Escapes Map featuring Kurt Osiander’s Move of the Week.

Disclaimer: The videos do have some NSFW language in them
The GIF below shows what is covered in the map.

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