Ah, pressure… The good ol’ and tested way for making people uncomfortable and open to submission attacks in Jiu-Jitsu.
Think quick: what are some of the things that you are not doing right now – that you should be doing – and that would be extremely useful to your success in BJJ?
Yeah, using pressure probably wasn’t the first thing that came to mind.
However, utilizing pressure is the quickest way to fatigue your opponents in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. John Danaher explains further:
Probably the quickest method of fatiguing an opponent is to make them carry your weight inefficiently.
The most inefficient way to carry bodyweight is with your head and shoulders. Any position that forces an opponent to bear your weight on his head and shoulders will exhaust him over time.
So, if you’re on the lookout for more ways to use pressure, here are some good tips from Bernardo Faria:
You should have a look at Bernardo Faria’s ‘Battle Tested Pressure Passing Series‘: You Don’t Need To Be Young, Strong Or Fast To Use Bernardo Faria’s Method.Bernardo puts both knees on the mat when he passes. This is because when you are on the knees you shut down most of the guards including: De La Riva Guard, Berimbolo, Single Lex X Guard, X Guard, Worm Guard…
This is “Old Man” Guard passing at its finest.
Hence, on your knees everyone has the same athleticism.