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Joe Rogan interviews John Danaher
Summarized from Prof. Martin Guggi and Coach Markus Miedel
History of Leglocks:
System of Leglocks
Now Leglocks are not seen as a failure anymore – today there is an own system behind it! As you add leglocks into the game you change the nature of the sport! BJJ was always a single directional game:
Mechanism of control Mechanism of breaking
Ashi Garami is the mechanism of control!!!!
Heel Hook, Toe Hold, Achilles lock is the mechanism of breaking!!!!
Key Points of leglocks
In BJJ you need a systematic plan! So you develop gameplans based on control – microsubsystems:
If one fails you switch to another microsystem.
Here is the full interview:
The four mechanical pillars upon which my approach to jiu jitsu is Based: A huge part of my approach to jiu jitsu is based around what I believe are the four most important mechanical underpinnings of the sport.
1 – The principle of LEVER AND FULCRUM
2 – The principle of the WEDGE (inclined plane)
3 – The principle of DIRECTIONALITY OF FORCE
4 – The principle of KUZUSHI (off balancing)
Through the lens of these four mechanical principles I see most of the sport of jiu jitsu. Everything I teach, every question I ask, and every answer I offer, will make reference to at least one of these principles. Lever and fulcrum are widely talked about. They are force multipliers that can make the weakest man strong. Wedges are used to immobilize and inhibit or direct movement (among other things) – think of a humble little door stop that can hold any door open even in a hurricane. With regards your own force, a fundamental measure of its efficiency and effect will be the degree to which you apply the force in the appropriate direction. So often we apply large amounts of force in the wrong directions, when a much smaller force in the right direction would have garnered much better results. Kuzushi (off balancing) refers to our capacity to move an objects center of gravity beyond its base of support and destabilize it to create openings for attack. Kano wisely saw the value of this in standing positions. One of my biggest goals is to extend its use into bottom position ground grappling where it can play a tremendous role in advancing our bottom game. I teach jiu jitsu as a primarily mechanical enterprise, backed up by biomechanical and tactical elements. In the future I will talk more about these critical notions. Show me any move in the sport and I will show you how at least three of these four concepts are involved in its operation. Once you learn to observe the sport through these concepts you will see a very different sport indeed. Three of these four mechanical underpinnings have been widely discussed for generations – but the principle of the WEDGE has never been emphasized in jiu jitsu. One of my primary goals as a teacher is to change this.
by Prof. Bert Obernosterer
Sometimes I wonder why I stick with JiuJitsu, really.
Not because I don’t enjoy it; quite the contrary actually. But because for as long as I can remember, I have been rather inconsistent: As a child, then as a teenager and now as an adult, sticking with the same routine over and over again has never been something that I find attractive. I need constant motion, change; I guess that’s why I have always loved the quote in the headline above.
Or as Tyler Durden in fight club put it:
„Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart”1
If I get stuck in any aspect of life, I get frustrated.
So I started wondering.
Why am I still at home on the mats? Because let’s face it: We all hit walls sometimes. But the longer I train, the more walls I start to see, and I still it don’t get bored by the gentle art.
That’s weird, I thought, and I tried to analyse what makes JiuJitsu so different to other activities in this regard. After spending some thought on it, I realized that there have actually been not that many periods of stagnation on my mat-based-journey.
A lot of the times when it seemed that for every step forward, I took one step back, things still evolved.
But only now, in hindsight, I can see that even in times, when my performance on the mat didn’t necessarily improve, my points of view did, and so did my own, personal approach to Grappling.
From Self Defence to MMA to Sport Jiu, and also from a competition based approach to teaching to choreographed fights for films, and back again. It always kept changing; as did my priorities in life.
But why do I always return to grappling?
Why am I enjoying it as much as I enjoyed it ten years ago?
For me, it is about control. „Yeah, obviously it’s Jiu after all“, you might say, but hear me out: I don’t mean control over your opponent, which is a nice thing to have, of course. But it goes deeper than that I think.
I mean the illusion of control over your own fate.
I am not a religious man at all; I never felt a need for religion so far. The idea of life as an endless sequence of coincidences usually gives me a feeling of freedom. Yet the downside of this is that my choices too are driven by chance to a large extent. There is no complete control. That’s what makes life so interesting, but sometimes it will give you the blues.
Enter Jiu. When rolling around with friends and training partners on your level, you have complete control over your own, immediate future. You have a purpose that is laid out very clear in front of you. And all the tools you need you can acquire by yourself. The element of chance is eliminated.
I really think that this is one of the many reasons why I love the sport so much. Here I always sit in the driver’s seat, and the car goes where I want.
So I end this little opinion piece with the quote of a young man whose grandfather is a genius. No, not another Gracie. 😉
„Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere,
Everybody is going to die, come watch TV let’s roll!“ –Morty Smith²
Thanks a lot to Bernhard S. for helping me out with the grammar!
1 „Fight Club“; Chuck Palahniuk
² „Rick and Morty“; picture linked from: