Carrying weight

Jiu Jitsu

One of the single most important directives whenever working from bottom position underneath an opponent is this: SEEK ALWAYS TO MINIMIZE THE TIME AND EFFORT SPENT CARRYING YOUR OPPONENT’S WEIGHT. You must make a serious study of the methods and means of reducing your opponent’s ability to impose his weight upon you. This will mostly come down to postural, positional, gripping and tactical factors far to numerous and subtle to list but when they are absent you will immediately be aware as your workload under an opponent will double. Here, Nicky Ryan and Australian grappling superstar, Craig Jones experiment with weight bearing drills after class - note the different demands both athletes have due to their respective roles as top and bottom athlete and how this drastically influences their choices in posture, positioning and grip.