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TFS#109: Back Dominance, Stronger Back, & Being A Good Teammate

"The most we can hope for is to create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome. The ride is a lot more that way." —Phil Jackson

When you’re getting ready to compete, remember this: your job is to show off your best Jiu-Jitsu.

There’s nothing left for you to do.

You’ve put in the hard work.

And now it’s time for the hard work to speak for itself.


Creating the 2-on-1

How many times have you gotten to the back and was unable to finish?

When you have the Back with the Seatbelt Grip in, you’re either going to be on the over side or weak side.

If you take away your opponent’s arms, it’s very difficult for them to defend since this creates a 2-on-1 situation in favor for you.

🔑 Key detail: So any time you’ve secured the Seatbelt, you’ll want to make sure you’re threatening the choke. Because anytime they no longer feel like the choke is a threat is when they start to escape.

If you want to learn some escapes and recovery from the back, reply to this email with “back escape.”

The most common threat is the cross collar choke or RNC.

From here, you can also threaten the Triangle and Armbar, but more on that another day.


Understand Your Back

Part of building a stronger back is understanding it.

Doing stretches and exercises to build a better back is only half the battle.


Resources you’ll love

🥋 Use the double wrist control to finish the choke. (link)

🥋 This breakdown of the Blue Belt Blues might help you get over that hump. (link)

🥋 Stronger hamstrings will help with your lower back without any equipment. (link)

🥋 Looking to start your own BJJ podcast? (link)

👉 One platform that keeps your education going through your entire journey. Use code TFS34 for any purchases to receive 34% off. (link)

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Be A Good Teammate

I’ve received a lot of emails about the Blue Belt Blues.

It’s always going to exist because we’re always getting new blue belts.

But it’s up to upper belts to be a good mentor and help those going through rough times.

Talk about being a good teammate, these are the moments when you show your support and help them out of their rut.

Upper belts should know the feeling.

It’s not a great place to be.

Just encouraging your friends to continue to train consistently is probably the biggest help you can provide.

Jiu-Jitsu can be a lonely place some times.

See you on the mats,


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