TFS#93: Countering OU, Bulletproof Knees, & Facing Fear

Developing an impenetrable guard is a skill you'll use for a life time. It's always a good time to work on it.

Technique Of The Week: Countering The Over Under Pass

The Over Under Pass is a very power passing technique.

That’s because it pins both the hips and legs and makes it difficult to use your lower body.

🔑 Key detail: Push their head to the opposite side.

🔑 Key detail: Push on their arm.

Their head and overhook arm is trying to keep your hips pinned flat.

The Key details allow you to escape your hips.

Ideally, you’re trying to get your hips to face the side, not the ceiling.

If you don’t free your hips, it’s only a matter of time before you’re in bottom side control.

Jiu-Jitsu Longevity: Bulletproof Knees

Build strong knees.

No one in the world wants you to blow out your knees, unless they’re completely evil.

Incorporate these five bulletproof exercises:

  1. Eastern Squat

  2. Sissy Squat

  3. High Step Up

  4. Medial Squat

  5. Half Pistol

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Closing Thought: Managing Your Fears

Fear stuns us. Fear delays our growth.

And 99% of the time, you can’t just “squash” your fear.

Because it’s not necessarily something that goes away.

But fortunately, you can learn to manage it.

A helpful exercise you can use is to take a sheet of paper fold it into thirds and label each column: Define, Prevent, Repair.

The first column is to define all the worst case scenarios.

The second column, write down how you would prevent it or mitigate each of those scenarios.

Lastly, the last column is used to write down how you would recover from those scenarios.

Now you’re facing your fear. Literally since you’ve written them down.

This way, you’re preparing yourself for however the situation may turn out.

You’ve thought about them ahead of time.

This technique was taken from Tim Ferris.

That’s it for now.

See you on the mats,


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