Illegal moves for white belts

There are a lot of moves banned in many tournaments for white belt competitors.  The process of making a technique illegal often arises when the governing body or organization identifies a position with the potential to cause injury.  Often, the move or position won’t start off being illegal. It’s only after injuries keep recurring that the move or positions legality comes up for discussion.  Especially, for newer competitors that are often unfamiliar with competing, rules, and controlling themselves.  If you’ve

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Why gripping is so important

gripping basics for beginners

Gripping is one of the most important skills that you can develop to improve your guard play and your passing.  When working with a new student. I will first ask them what position(s) they are working on followed immediately by what grips they are looking for, and how do they get to that position.  And this serves a few purposes. Chief among which, is to see their understanding of a position because no technique can exist in a vacuum by

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Lasso Guard Basics

shallow lasso

Recently I posted on Reddit last week covering the different guard transitions that I use in tournaments which you can check out here and one big topic of interest was the lasso.  The lasso is a pretty broad term for throwing one of your legs on your opponents arm or shoulder while they’re trying to pass.  I know there’s more to it but we need a working definition.  Any way there are two main lasso positions.  There is the shallow

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