There are a lot of top level grapplers that don’t know how to fight on the ground when punches are added to the mix. As Ryan Fiorenzi has said many times, each time a traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler gets hit hard, his technique tends to go down a belt level temporarily.
In the below video, BJJ Blackbelts and MMA phenoms Anderson Silva and Jacare are training in Brazil with with ground a pound. I’m going to do my best to break down this video and point out the controls and ground and pound defense these guys are using. You’ll notice that they are both emphasizing the guard and defending against their opponents’ strikes.
BJJ for MMA Breakdown
- :10 – Anderson Silva has a tight transition from Kimura to Arm Bar. His opponent defends the submission by rolling through and posting his left leg.
- :35 – When you’re stacked you’re in a horrible position, especially when their is ground and pound. Silva does a good job of scooting his hips back to make sure he’s not getting stacked. Notice that he is always controlling a wrist or posture when his guard is open. Open guard leaves a lot of leg lock opportunities for your opponent so you have to make sure that you control his wrists or head.
- 3:30 – Watch Anderson’s hip movement. When his hips are getting smothered, he is always straightening his legs to shrimp to the side and get a little space. Also, pay close attention to how Silva uses his arms to maintain constant control and setups submissions. That is what BJJ is all about.
- 4:53 – Hilarious
- 5:30 – Great entry into a heel hook from half guard on Silva’s part.
- 5:55 – Patience pays off. Anderson waits for the hips to switch in sidemount then sits up into a single leg.
- 6:55 – Silva simply slaps the ground and pound for a redirection then goes straight into a leglock from his guard. Slick stuff…
- 9:00 – Jacare shows some slick top BJJ game with this guard pass into mount. He gets into his combat base and controls his opponent’s ankle. He uses ground and pound and strong hips to land into mount. Notice how there is a straight line between his knee and his head as Jacare finishes the pass.