Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Guest Instructor

One of the things that I love about our school is the wealth of talent that is constantly dropping in to train with us. I honestly believe that the reason why we are head and shoulders above the other schools in Atlanta is because we are constantly bringing in high level instructors that allows us to understand Jiu-Jitsu from their perspective. We all get better when we are constantly being exposed to the latest techniques and new variations on traditional moves.
We are fortunate to have visiting us from California one of Jacare's black belts Otavio Couto. Otavio was part of the second wave of students that Jacare promoted to Black Belt, he has an incredible understanding of Jiu-Jitsu and was kind enough to share some interesting variations he has created from the double under pass.

When controlling the Dubble Unders, Otavio like to control the collar palm up. He explained to the class that this helps keep the elbow tucked in to your opponents hip making it harder for him to push up on your arm and escape

Another key point was the fact that he never releases his grip on the lapel as he passes. Traditionally we have always released this grip and pulled up on the back of your opponents pants to assist the pass, but if you keep control of the lapel it traps his hip and allows for greater control of the situation

1 comment:

  1. Aw man! I wish I could make it to class this week. :-(