Originally Posted by DanC
I see what you mean man, I thought the same way, until my teacher showed me where to position my outer leg (the one not on the belly) and which angle it should be bent to, then it seemed a lot more stable. I've found already that I prefer to move to side control from knee of belly, but the position does seem to open opportunities to jump on an armbar, or a choke if they turn towards you, or if they turn away you can grab the back real quick.
Another question for you Miz, and any guys who train judo/BJJ, did your 'style' come naturally, or was it a conscious decision to become more of a 'top guy' or a guy who fights mostly off his back, etc.? Because I find that with my leg flexibility, and the fact that I'm not too strong in my arms but have good leg length from cycling, I find at least setting up a lot of the attacks made from the back much easier than those from the top. I obviously won't neglect my top game but I wasn't sure if I should drill bottom position more, or will my style just 'emerge' naturally?
I have had to really work on my bottom game. Judo is a top game first sport, b/c you can pin your opponent and win. That said I like working from the bottom. I would think you would want to really work on the basics, while taking in the higher level stuff. So for you the basics would probably be triangle, straight arm bars, and scissor sweeps if you have strong legs. In judo we always say that you have to practice a throw a 100 times before you might even get the chance to throw it live. Find someone better then you and have them show you. Thats what I do. Those people not only have the technique, but also little tricks to help complete the technique.
At my club we have opens and practice. At practice we learn a technique from our instructor and then roll live. At the open we come in and either work on technique or roll, whatever we want. I really like the opens b/c then you can work with people your level and higher on whatever you want. Always important to go against better people. Do you guys have opens?