March 5 Vandry BJJ association seminar, chokes and escapes!Professor Vandry's View
Tony Es, Jeff Anderson, Ted Osburn, Jesus Armas, William Vandry, Ed Aiken, Mike Drabek, Jeremy Leigh, CJ Johnson
Thank you to all of my students!! I had a great time at our recent Association seminar. For all of our out of town associations and black belts, thank you for your support for our community. Jiu-jitsu is a martial art predicated on defeating the larger opponent. Grandmaster Carlos Gracie designed his blueprint we all follow to this day on the guard, escapes, sweeps, counter attacks, etc.. I get motivated to work on new development in Jiu-jitsu. There will be times when I spend literally a year working on something new sparring each class, assessing how the progress of a technique is developing. Counters are one of my favorite techniques to work on. We developed cutter and bat chokes, as well as escapes. Many in Jiu-jitsu are so skilled, that they don’t worry about working on bad positions. I like to work on those first. Side, mount, back, submission escapes are a never dying energy I have had since I was a white belt. When we worked our escapes, you have to know the breakdown of the submission first. I lecture to students quite often that escapes are like taking a spark plug out of the engine of a car. This way the car cannot work. I enjoyed the questions, and the counters to cartwheel passes. I want to thank my senior belts, and for all the wonderful support from my students. Seminars I begin forming officially in 2003. I design an in between development of techniques to ‘catch up’, or ‘speed up’ a student’s abilities as opposed to simply drilling techniques they already know.
Keep training, look forward to the next one!
Absorb and think,
Professor William Vandry