Coming up through the jiu jitsu ranks as you develop your personal game plan you will gravitate to certain positions based on a number of factors like your body style, age, and overall athleticism. If you are a bigger, stronger practitioner, you may find yourself more likely to gravitate towards heavy pressure passing and side control attacks where your size and strength give you the best control and ability to submit your opponents. If you are a lighter, more flexible practitioner, perhaps inverted guard and lightning quick back takes and submissions are more in your wheelhouse.
Regardless of your individual BJJ proclivities, it’s important to study the game of the athletes at your gym or outside who seem to do the impossible. Have you ever trained with a super light training partner who felt like they weighed 3 tons when they applied their pressure passing? Or perhaps no matter how fortified your base, they were able to sweep you, like you were a dead leaf blowing in the breeze? Lightweight practitioners that bring heavy pressure, or are able to sweep heavier partners with ease are the ones we should be studying.
Marcos Tinoco is a Marcelo Garcia Black Belt and a Multiple Time Worlds Medalist at the Adult Black Belt IBJJF level. In this video, he shows 3 effective ways, to deal and sweep bigger opponents watch until the end and don’t miss the small details.
Being a smaller jiu jitsu player should not be seen as a disadvantage. If you want to learn the secrets of how this featherweight who trained for years with 5 time World Champion Bernardo Faria adapted his half guard and pressure passing game to match his good friend, check out Leonardo “Cascao” Saggioro “Sweep the World” instructional on sale at BJJ Fanatics here!