One day, you step onto the mats with a focus. In your mind, there’s a simple goal. You want to take your closed guard to the next level. One problem keeps emerging though.
Every time you get to the position and try to work your technique, you get shut down. Once you think about it, you realize the cause. It’s the grip. You just don’t know how to deal with that lapel grip and your opponents are using it as the basis of their passing.
If you identify with any part of that little scenario I created, the first disc of Robson Moura’s Fusion Modern would be great for you. I’ll explain why.
The instruction starts off by showing closed guard passing possibilities with a specific grip. So right away, you’re shown the relevance of the technique that will follow because all of them are focused on making your opponent pay a hefty price for using that grip.
Now I want to shift gears because I made a promise in the title. I said that this would be a different kind of review, and I don’t want you to leave disappointed.
So let me explain how it’s going to go down.
I’m going to look at the technique and focus on why it might be relevant for you. Then I’ll attempt to answer a simple question that has endless possibilities.
What other areas can these same underlying concepts be applied to?
There are fifteen techniques on the disc, but something interesting happens when you decide not to look at each piece in isolation. You’ll start to see the formation of a offensive loop, and it all starts with a specific situation.
Before we continue, I’ll make a little better effort to define what that situation is. It’s basically just a grip that is commonly used as the first step towards opening your closed guard. Your opponent will grip your lapel and use it to pin your upper body, which makes it harder for you to attack their posture.
It was called the million dollar grip when I first learned it, but I’m not sure how common that terminology is beyond my academy. Feel free to spread it.
Next, let’s talk about the offensive loop and how it’s formed.
Within those fifteen techniques, there are branches of sequences. What I mean by that is that there is an initial technique and an IF-THEN progression. So if I do this and my opponent reacts in a certain way, I’ll do that instead.
I counted four such sequences, but even there you don’t have to look at each of them in isolation. Those sequences are actually a part of one big sequence. I’ll explain why.
The first sequence is based on the successful breaking of the grip. The second one is focused on using your own gi to isolate and control the grip when you can’t break it. Next, the third is about using your opponent’s gi to isolate the elbow of their gripping arm. Then the last sequence gives you options when you can’t use the gi to compromise their position.
Do you see how they could form an IF-THEN progression?
I hope that you do, but don’t stop there. It’s also possible to make all these techniques into a offensive loop. It’ll take some effort because there is a difference between a sequence and a loop.
The difference lies in the fact that a loop is a series of continuous attacks in non-linear lines.
Think about this to visualize it. Let’s say that you have three techniques that you can do in a given situation. A sequence would be going 1, 2, 3 then resetting or switching to something else. A loop is 1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 3, 1, 3, 2 and so on.
In this disc, the offensive loop isn’t formed for you, but you will see the possibilities if you look deep enough.
The concept of sequences and loops is powerful.
If nothing else, it would be a great idea to start looking at technique through that prism. You may find ways to dramatically increase your skill by finding previously unseen links between individual techniques.
Beyond that, I saw applications of fundamental concepts on the disc that I haven’t seen elsewhere. The concepts aren’t new, just the application. So I believe that it would be better for you to actually go out and find it.
This is an example of how I want to instructional reviews from now. I’m sharing the first of many with you, and I hope that you got some benefit out of it.
If you liked the format and you want to see more like it, you’ll be able to find future reviews at BJJ Canvas.