BJJ Pro Tip: Use Your Head (Literally)

BJJ Pro Tip: Use Your Head (Literally)

You know the expression “use your head”? It’s most often used to point out that you should try and use your brain, but in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it can have a totally different… Literal meaning. For, if you want to take your progress to the next level, you should learn how to use it as a “third hand”!
John Danaher explains why this is so:

Your hands can push and pull an opponent and create a base of support. AND SO CAN YOUR HEAD; use it well and it’s like having a third hand to gain advantage over tough opponents.
Any time you use your head as a substitute for a hand to push, pull or create base – you free up a hand to use to advantage against your opponent.

If you learn how to use it properly when you roll, you can become a force to be reckoned with. However, as you do so, you should also make sure that you’re building your neck strength:

Imagine fighting an opponent with three arms – it would be a nightmare. Well, if you use your head creatively you can make yourself a nightmare to your opponents.
Develop your neck strength and your head will become a powerful weapon of control and increase by a third your ability to push and pull opponents (the head doesn’t really pull so much as block movement but the practical effect is similar).

Next time you feel like your running out of hands to control an opponent – use your head – you’ll be amazed at how effective it is!


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