Starting from the standard competitive wrestlers stance that most jiu-jitsu matches begin with, Travis points out that one of the biggest mistakes he sees is competitors avoiding the first fight, which is the fight for the grips. The objective should be to control the ends of your opponent’s arms first. That way no matter the difference in height, you have control of your opponent. If you can touch the ends of their arms, they can touch yours. If your opponent has a reach advantage and you’re continually attempting to reach their collars first, you’ll probably lose that fight. Instead focus on controlling the hands first.
- Issue 54