I'd really like to see, when I was in my prime, if I was squeezing your head, how you would get out of there.
- Never be lying flat on the mat with your shoulder blades touching the mat unless you happen to be dead. In that case, it's okay, because, well, you're dead.
- Have your hands UP. Whether you are standing or on the mat, you should always have your hands up ready to defend yourself. While this seems a pretty basic fact, I want it to be an absolute habit, that you would no more lay there without your hands up in front of you than you would take off your pants and lay on the mat in your underwear. (And if you would, I don't want to know about it.)
- Do an INSIDE turn. Turn the right way, that is, into your opponent, as shown in the two pictures above that are not of God.
- React BEFORE you get pinned. The second you feel yourself in danger, do that inside turn, or, as Jim says, you will be too late and he will squeeze your head off.
There is a lot more in our book, -
Winning on the Ground, which is now out as an ebook for
and Also available for the Nook here
and for other e-readers at Kobobooks
It will be out in paperback in March.
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