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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Luta Livre vs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

To my knowledge, Luta Livre and BJJ are practically the same, the only difference is that in Luta Livre you don't wear a Gi. Both systems use belts for graduations, although in Luta Livre you don't ...
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Wrestling strategies

Before going too far be aware that strategy should also be about dealing with uncertainty. Nothing ever goes perfectly to plan. Every good wrestler who is not being flippant about the opponent will ...
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To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

As a former 'offender' myself I hope I can offer some insight. TL;DR: do not allow them to do randori until they do at least several thousand throws. Let them build up confidence in falling first. ...
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Why all the wrist grabs?

I would like to offer an answer from traditional aikido point of view (Iwama ryu/Takemusu). There are lot of grabs on body or clothes: kata dori, kosa dori, hiji dori, morote dori, riote/hantai dori,...
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Difference between wrestling and grappling

Quite frankly, there is no objective difference between the two, so it's more likely simply a distinction created by your teacher. Most likely, he's differentiating between Western techniques one ...
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Double jointed martial arts?

If by "double jointed", you mean hyper-mobility, or hyper-flexion, which is characterized by abnormal joints which flex further than normal, then no. I've done some research and could find no martial ...
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Is there a canonical resource for the classification of Judo mat techniques?

Of the materials published by the Kodokan, the two which describe the classification of Katame-waza in most detail are: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (1997) ...
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Are there any positions where you can finish multiple submissions at once?

Yes. From triangle (sankaku) positions, there is the standard choke with the legs as well as the option to apply armbars. For example, from this side triangle position, if the choke fails, you can ...
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Types of neck throws?

Contact sports involve risk of injury. This is more true for people who are weak. This is more true for grappling combat sports, where the explicit goal is to move the other person in a way they don't ...
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Multi-opponent martial arts systems and strategies?

Just wanted to preface this, I've been sparring since around age 6, and all testings require a 1v2 to 1v5 versus the national team members, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. Whenever you'...
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How can grappling martial arts work in a street fight?

First, in a street fight you want to hit your opponent as fast as possible and then be on your way You have decided to get in a boxing match. As in many boxing matches, it's difficult to land a ...
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