Passion Project #6

This is a demonstration of the D’arce choke. The D’arce is very similar to the triangle choke previously shown in my other blog posts. However, the triangle is formed with the arms instead of the legs. The compression and leverage comes from walking the person’s arms and neck towards their body.

 

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Passion Project Post #5

In this week’s video, I am demonstrating a submission called the triangle. It is a type of chokehold that strangles the opponent by trapping their neck and one arm between the legs in a configuration that is shaped like a triangle. This is a type of lateral vascular restraint that decreases the blood from the carotid artery to the brain.

Passion Project Post #4

This week I am starting to post videos demonstrating common self-defense moves in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Over these two months, I have been learning common techniques in “sport” Jiu Jitsu. The techniques in sport Jiu Jitsu are complicated to describe to people who don’t practice the martial art. If I tried to demonstrate these moves, the audience watching the video would need a lot of background knowledge of the various positions. For every offensive move in BJJ there are dozens of counters moves.

By posting self defense videos, I can describe scenarios that people who are in danger might encounter. The following video describes a common submission called the armbar. The armbar is best executed from the “mount” position. From the mount, you render your opponent defenseless, as all of your weight is pressed onto your opponent’s hips. This is their center of gravity, and by sitting on their hips, you limit your opponent’s range of motion.

Passion Project Blog Post #1

This week I learned about the main positions of Brazilian Jiu jitsu: Mount, Guard, and Back.

The mount position is one of the most dominant positions and any type of self defense. In the mount, you shift your entire weight onto your opponent’s hips. Anatomically, this makes sense as you take away their center of gravity. Without your opponent’s ability to lift their hips, it makes it very difficult for them to get up, or generate any torque to significantly harm you. Your head, which is the most vulnerable part of your body as it contains your brain, is more than an arms length away from your opponent, no matter your height. In this position, you have full range of motion to maneuver your opponent, as well as being able to strike your opponent with your arms.

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The guard, is a common defensive position in Jiu Jitsu. Here, you lie underneath your opponent, with your back on the mat. Your legs are wrapped around their body, and your arms are ideally hooked underneath their armpits. When you are pulled this close to your opponent, it is tough for them to achieve any range of motion to strike you. By holding onto them in this way, you can generate your own leverage for submissions. It looks like a vulnerable position, but there are actually dozens of submissions that can be performed from the guard.

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Another great position, second to the mount, is having someone’s back. From the back, your opponent cannot hurt you at all. This is a completely offensive position, and your opponent is vulnerable to strikes to the head and susceptible to the most famous submission in BJJ: the rear naked choke. Your opponent is trapped by your legs being wrapped around their mid section and your arms holding onto their arms, or wrapping around their neck. This position is akin to an anaconda wrapped around their prey.

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