First there is the shrimp. At some judo clubs they call this exercise 'ebi', which is just Japanese for shrimp. You probably know the shrimp crawl. You lay on your side with your knees bent push off with your feet and have both hands in front of you with your elbows bent.
You "shrimp" first to one side and then to the other, usually all the way down the mat. Do you know WHY you do that?
Well, I don't know why YOU do it but why I do it is because that is the exact move you use when trying to stop someone from pinning you when they are coming at you from the side.
In the picture above, you see Manny Gamburyan coming in for a pin and his opponent is doing that same shrimp move.
- Many of the exercises we do in judo and other martial arts were originally developed for specific moves. I've been to lots of clubs where people just blindly go through the motions and don't know why.
- Whether it is mixed martial arts, grappling, judo or jiu jitsu, a lot of the same moves still apply.