TFS#103: Sweeps and Attacks, Little Joints, & Experience

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” — Mark Zuckerberg

If you’re actively trying to improve any skillset, you’ll have to take risks.

Luckily, Jiu-Jitsu provides the perfect learning grounds for that.

Trying new techniques or ideas during sparring is the safest place to fail.

The last thing you want to do is say “gosh I wish I knew X and did Y when I was a lower belt.”

Invest in yourself by taking risks and putting yourself in new environments.

Speaking of new environments, I’m trying to gather interested people who are dedicated to improving their Jiu-Jitsu on a focused community board.

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Now on to today’s topic…


Options When They Posture

Controlling your opponent’s posture is important since it keeps them unbalanced and uncomfortable.

However, in the event that they begin to stand up, be ready to deal with this situation with sweeps or transition to a guard.

Most people like to threaten with a sweep.

Lumbarjack Sweep → Mount. This is a nice option because it’s simple and should be your first option. After you get your opponent on the ground and while you try to come up into Mount, they may stiff arm you. Which you can use to attack the Armbar.

But if the sweep isn’t quite there, you can transition into a few strong guards.

From this guard you have a plethora of attacks and other sweeps.

If you want some options from X Guard, write into this email with “x guard” and I’ll make sure I’ll cover your needs.


More On Your Digits

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Something to ponder

Most people make decisions based on their past experience and will share advice based on what they know.

That’s normal.

But be wary of those who make bold claims and speak confidently—it’s quite a skill.

Ultimately, it’s your job to go out, meet a lot of people and decide who you want to trust and listen to.

Don’t get caught up in arguments if there’s no end resolution.

Sometimes, they’re intentionally trying to rile up emotions.

When you get out and experience more of the world, you’ll find yourself more grounded.

You’ll know the worth of your words and your actions.

Until next week,


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