When i was a beginner, this simple method of using my own legs, helped me develop a better feeling, squeeze, speed & understanding of “on/off” outside of class. I still do it occasionally when im boredThere is a massive 50% OFF SALE on Video Instructionals at BJJ Fanatics, which feature quality instructionals from Tom DeBlass, Craig Jones, Dean Lister, Bernardo Faria and many more….(Type in the code ‘WATCHBJJ” and you will receive a further 10% discount on your purchases)
Since you can feel the squeeze on your leg, you get a pretty good idea what you are doing, when and where the choke gets tighter, what difference a grip variation makes etc etc.
For instance in an rear naked choke, I can feel how pinching my elbows together results in more pressure on both sides, but I can also feel that it feels overall inferior to shrugging the shoulders because there is more power behind shrugging,. I can also feel that shrugging the shoulders pulls out more slack if there is any. Hence I only shrug the shoulder in a RNC and don’t bother with the elbow pinching.
I only start pinching my elbows together if the tap doesn’t come after like 7 seconds. Which is almost never the case
Drilling some chokes also made me faster.
Whenever you are bored you can do a couple of reps in front of the tv, while warming up on open mat, hell, even when you are taking a bath haha
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