Dan Faggella is a 130-Pound No Gi Pan Am Champion and Interviewer of the Best Ligthweight Grapplers in the World. Download his Free eBook called: “The 7 Must-Know Escapes for SMALLER Grapplers.”
BJJ for the Smaller Grappler – With 8-Time World Champion Robson Moura
I’ve made it my life’s work over the last 3 years to take private lessons with and interview the best lightweight grapplers in the world. Caio Terra, the Mendes Brothers, Felipe Costa, you name it. No list of lightweight grapplers is complete without Robson Moura, and interviewing him recently (after our previous interview nearly 2 years ago – found here on InsideBJJ) was on honor.
His insights were different than most might expect. Though I’ve had some grapplers (Mario Reis / Jeff Glover) tell me the specific techniques to use against bigger opponents, Robson’s opinion is that everyone needs to experiment in their own game and discover what works against bigger opponents (see video above).
In other words, don’t assume “leg locks work” or “leg locks don’t work,” experiment for yourself. Don’t assume “triangles work” or “triangles don’t work,” experiment for yourself. “TRY,” Robson says.
The way I think about it is like this:
- Determine the aspects of your game that you feel confident with, or that you want to “test” against someone larger.
- Roll with larger opponents with a conscious focus of applying that ONE technique or strategy (Robson talked about doing this with deep half guard, omoplatas, or other techniques).
- See how it goes, and build a strategy from there.
Although general advice makes sense when it comes from an informed sources, there is no substitute for trial and error. You might discover a technique that you use VERY well against bigger / stronger opponents that other people can’t use very well, or vice-versa.
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I want to say a big thanks to Robson for taking the time for the interview – and if you’re interested in more of his techniques and teachings you can check out his new Jiu Jitsu Tracker website online as well, which contains not only tons of technique and strategy videos, but a BJJ journaling and goal setting functionality, too!
Be well, train hard, and “TRY” your game against the big guys.
All the best,