I was watching another episode of The Ultimate Fighter a while ago
and it happened again:
A fighter was striking from top guard and got triangle-d.
I’ve written an earlier post
disagreeing with the strategy of striking from the guard…
so I don’t want to do that here.
Here, I want to talk about a very simple metaphor
to make use of in all “combat sports” applications:
Get Your Weapons back.
Your arms are what you will use to submit your opponent.
They are your weapons.
But they are also part of what is attacked:
more specifically the shoulder, elbow and wrist.
when your opponent grabs one of your weapons…
get it back
because giving your opponent your weapon
makes your weapon your weakness.
Which brings me to another dove tailing concept:
If you cannot bring your weapon back to your body…
bring your body back to the weapon.
So let’s go back to that TUF contestant.
His opponent in bottom guard grabbed his arm.
At that point, if he could not pull his weapon back to his body,
he would bring his body to his weapon…
get both his weapons back,
and start striking
or even better…
pass the guard.
But no matter your Martial Art,
no matter your strategy,
if you’re going to win,
you can only win if you’re armed with weapons
and at least some of those weapons
are your arms.