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Why don't we strangle with the hands in BJJ

Choking with hands wrapped around the throat is not efficient The goal of chokes in BJJ and judo is to cut off blood to the head at the carotid arteries and jugular veins, which can render a person ...
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To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

I've trained in many martial arts schools. There have always been one or two individuals that didn't know their own strength or who simply had some kind of mental issue that caused them to scare ...
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Why all the wrist grabs?

What's what all the wrist grabbing? In violent situations (as opposed to competitive situations), your assailant is likely to grab you. Grab and hit is one of the most common attacks. Being number 2 ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

Worry about blood-borne diseases is overblown. I practice judo, which has very similar training practices to BJJ. Over the years, I have seen many injuries and even a death by heart attack, but I am ...
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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

That's barely a modification of kesagatame. There's no gi, so he uses a slightly different grip. It totally counts. Just about all techniques, including pins, are modified in actual application. This ...
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I assume you are working on the arm bar known in judo as juji gatame. The principle in this technique is the use of a class 2 lever to hyperextend the opponent's elbow joint. Resistance is in the ...
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What's the name of this sweep and where did it originate?

You're describing the knee push variation of "Scissor Sweep." It's very common in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are two main ways to do it from full guard. Both involve getting control of one arm in ...
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I prevent testicle crushage while armbarring my partners and opponents by: Pulling the arm further towards my head, so their elbow is across my pelvis and not my crotch Squeezing my knees tighter on ...
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Are there MMA rules that prohibits reactions which would render grappling unusable in a real world scenario?

It's certainly possible to hit someone while they work on a takedown. It sounds like you're asking specifically about countering wrestling shots, where the grappler attacks the hips and legs, rather ...
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Muay Thai defensive techniques against grappling attacks

Since Muay Thai is a sport that doesn't allow takedowns or grappling it doesn't contain countermeasures for theses kind of attacks. Neither does for example boxing. If a muay thai fighter tries a take ...
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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

Yes, the above technique would be a pin in competition judo. A pin in competition judo does not need to be a standard pin; it needs to meet the definition of a pin under the referee rules. This is ...
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Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?

Its less biased to study CCTV than MMA for scientific results, because MMA involves many moments where wrestling is stopped at the end of rounds and players are even stood up from wrestling to ...
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Calf Slicer vs Vaporizer

A calf slicer is a compression lock that crushes the calf muscle, and I've heard the terms "calf crush", "calf slicer", and "calf crank" all used interchangeably. At 2:00 of this video, Eddie Bravo ...
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Learning grappling without an instructor

My general advice for those wanting to learn on their own when there are no local schools available to train at is this: Find two or three friends who also have an interest in learning and training ...
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Is There Any Martial Art Where They Use Legs For Grappling?

One of the first things that came to my mind, even before Brazilian Jiujitsu, was Harimau Pencak Silat. It can be seen in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GkXXv02YR8 The Harimau ("Black ...
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I've been training Bjj since 1998. I always learned to squeeze my knees to prevent this pain on testicles. This is the most common way to avoid this kind of injury. But this year, when I was visiting ...
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Which types of throws can lift the heaviest weight (hip throws, shoulder throws, etc.)?

Foot sweeps Assuming that your objective is to put the opponent on the ground and not actually lift them, foot sweeps are the throw that will work for the greatest size disparity. Foot sweeps work ...
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What do I do if an attacker grabs my breasts?

Quite simply, if an attacker grabs your breasts then s/he* has at least one hand extended which you can use against him. Using your hands or forearms you can trap the hands against your chest. What ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

As @mattm states, the risk of transmission is low. This does not mean that it doesn't exist, but the likelihood of it happening is actually very low. Just from a knowledge standpoint, you are much ...
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Double jointed martial arts?

Double-jointedness, as a physical condition, is neither desirable nor of advantage in martial arts, and I speak here both from a medical and a first-hand experience perspective. And I clearly ...
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Is There Any Martial Art Where They Use Legs For Grappling?

Yes, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, for example, use legs to lock and choke opponents. Sankaku jime, also known as the triangle choke, is a popular technique where the legs are put into a figure-4 ...
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Why all the wrist grabs?

There are plenty of grappling attacks that start from wrist grabs. Wrist grabs are a basic element of eliminating your opponent's attack/defense. It's much easier to attack if you can move the ...
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How to avoid being encircled by a body triangle?

Step one of defending the body triangle is rolling to the side so that your opponent's feet are on the ground, rather than their knee. Step two is turning into the body triangle. You need to turn ...
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What is a good BJJ book for someone familiar with groundwork but not BJJ?

There are countless paths you can go down, so I'll cover two of the most popular. "Traditional" Jiu Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie This book ...
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Difference between wrestling and grappling

Grappling is a more generic, umbrella term than wrestling. Striking from a Muay Thai clinch, for example, is part grappling but not wrestling. Standard disclaimers apply, however, that people use ...
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Why do Sambo fighters practice BJJ as well?

Presumably, they do so for the same reason most MMA fighters cross-train, to increase their breadth of techniques and to get practice fighting against other styles. For example, an often under-...
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Are there any positions where you can finish multiple submissions at once?

There are a few positions where you can finish multiple submissions simultaneously or nearly so. Triangle If you look at the triangle as a position, then a lot of other submissions present ...
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What is the best way to compensate for lack of training partners when training at home?

Not sure if this answer will help you; it is focused on boxing and kickboxing. But I do think that this is a good question, particularly because access to gyms (and partners) are limited due to social ...
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If partner is using additional moves in drill, should you tell him not to?

Short answer I would like to mention five takeaways for you that these situations exemplify and are important for every martial arts student before I go into the specifics of the described situations: ...
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Good sources on using sticks for grappling/locks?

You really should check out some of the "Stick Grappling" videos on Youtube. There are plenty. Also, look specifically for anything you can get by the "Dog Brothers". Most of the stick grappling ...
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