Week 2 Quiz

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  1. Amy T February 20, 2018 at 2:37 am

    This week reiterated the importance of safely closing distance, in order to clinch, bring the fight to the ground with a takedown and execute a submission. The self defence foundations of BJJ.
    I really liked that the material flowed on logically from the week one material (being ready and punch blocks), into a hip throw while remaining safe from punches, and using a hip throw to armlock. Again – safely closing distance, getting the clinch and bringing the fight to the ground in order to submit.

    • Chris P June 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      I loved the line up big ties for the hip throw and the knees to open the space.

  2. Carl C February 20, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    The thing i got the most out of is how you keep up a fence to protect against punches & being able to block the punch and go into the hip toss, and being able to use a headbut while blocking and moving into the clinch

    • Nathan A December 20, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      In MovNat we break down progressions into V.I.C. -Volume, Intensity, and Complexity. And there are sub-divisions in each category, too.

  3. William M February 20, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Biggest takeaway this week is the history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and seeing it in action against a variety of martial arts.

  4. John V February 20, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    The detail I’m taking away and having success carrying over to other positions is when you adjust your head position by placing your ear on the opponents body to prevent the opponent from prying your head away with their arms to make space.

  5. Adam N February 21, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I really enjoyed some of the crucial details you shared that make the hip throw work. Specifically leaning your head away and to the outside to make sure your hip and legs get maximum leverage. I also like to bring my arm (the one controlling their hip) upwards along their back once I am stepping through for the throw(not before or they will move away) ( I find it makes it easier to turn my body to the direction I need to throw). What do you think Henry?

  6. Jordy C February 22, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I loved the details on the headbutt from the clinch position. The shoulder detail on creating space for the headbutt is something I’ve never seen before.

  7. Kenneth O February 23, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    There were several nuggets that I haven’t seen. I think using the knee to their leg so they move their leg, so you can slide in for hip toss is valuable. It’s just never anything we practice in class and should.

  8. John F February 24, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Closing the distance especially when someone tries to throw a punch. To be able to trap the arm that a person throws allows so many options such as the two different arm locks you can use after the hip throw as the Professor explained in the videos.

  9. Henzel F February 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I have a better understanding of the double locking grip and head/ear on person’s chest. I might have been doing the grip and ear on chest but now I am conscious about it and know why I’m doing it. Thanks.

  10. Joshua W March 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    My biggest takeaway from this week was part 2 of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Action documentary. It took me a while to get into but I think I needed that exposure, especially as someone new to BJJ & MAMA.

  11. Shane C March 3, 2018 at 6:33 am

    The example that sticks out the most fro me is the knees to the leg. I think there is a lot of scenarios where you could “create” your own opportunities by making your opponent uncomfortable enough to move.

  12. Kiril S March 6, 2018 at 5:15 am

    My biggest take away from this week is that, obviously, there *are* strikes in street-ready Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, after all – and they are naturally ingrained in (and stemming from) positions. It seems there is “position before strike” principle, just like “position before submission”, and the stand-up game is something as detailed as the ground game.

  13. Jehan B March 8, 2018 at 2:20 am

    The headbutt as a self-defense technique is something I haven’t seen before but it makes sense when you’re tied up in a clinch with limited space so you don’t have enough range for a proper punch or kick.

  14. Brocton R March 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Knees to soften up the leg for the hip throw was gold. Also, I’ve been taught a couple different ways to stand from this clinch on the side, but the way you teach this Henry let’s me use base way better.

  15. Marvin H May 18, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    The biggest take away for me was the amount of strikes from the clinch position. We really emphasize striking when we have positional advantage and that lesson really brought it home.

  16. Timothy E June 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Definitely, it was linking the techniques together. I have never gotten the full picture on how to do each of these techniques properly or how to link them smoothly and effectively. This was extremely valuable for me!

  17. Andrew C July 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Using strikes with the knee in order to help create the space to step in and swing the hip through to the toss. The oppurtunities for two standing arm locks after the hip toss were great. I think the biggest take away, almost embarrasing for me to admit, is using the hip to lift rather than twisting the torso to complete the throw. Way more efficient and no more lower back pain.

  18. Christian S July 15, 2018 at 4:33 am

    My biggest take away or learning this week is the way of how to develop progression in the student by applying different kind of variables and resistance to built confidence in the techniques.

  19. Raymond L July 15, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Biggest take away is the relation of thumb position when doing the standing arm lock.

  20. Greg C August 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    There were many good things here. Using the shoulder to make space for the headbutt was my favorite technical detail. The acknowledgement that you don’t always want to go to the ground in certain scenarios is very much appreciated. The video at the end where you talk about incrementally adding resistance to give the student achievable goals instead of going from 0 to 100, which I have seen in both Jiu-jitsu and Judo is also fantastic. A lot of young successful competitors are naturally gifted athletes. It is really great to have a path to success for those of us that are neither young nor gifted athletically. Thanks!

  21. Tim M August 22, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Use of the knees in the clinch to strike and create space for the throw very practical in a self defence situation!

  22. Cesar O August 26, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    The biggest take away for me was the system of progression that is applicable to different situations. For example, the standing arm bar could be applied from the hip throw, rear naked choke hold, or a wrist throw as demonstrated in the last video. Excellent material.

  23. Y M November 26, 2018 at 9:28 am

    A good deal is new to me, but I really liked the economy of the standing armbar – very little movement and your opponent is already flinching.

  24. John W December 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    My biggest takeaway was how good of a position this type of clinch actually is where if you have it right you can do major damage with knees, headbutts and throws and he can do zero damage in return. That is a pretty ideal situation.

  25. Jeff C December 17, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    biggest take away is with the armlock and the position of the thumb. The direction of thumb pointing, go other direction to break arm.

  26. Brannon C February 4, 2019 at 7:56 am

    My biggest take away from this week was the importance in body position in relation to whatever it is I am trying to accomplish against my opponent. Being off by even a little can really be a problem.

  27. David R February 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Once in the clinch keeping my head pressed to thier body not allowing space.

  28. paul h February 12, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    my biggest take away from this would be the importance of applying strikes to make the technique more effective and devastating.

  29. Antoine D February 16, 2019 at 10:04 am

    biggest take away i learnt this week is how to execute the hip throw

  30. Peter B March 13, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Biggest take away- How important it is to balance my self defense and sport training.

  31. Timothy G March 18, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Biggest take away is using knees and the headbutt to open up the hip throw. Also seeing the knee on belly and standing arm bar for when going to the ground is not desirable.

  32. Ed F March 25, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Biggest take away(s)
    1) learn the armlocks from standing position for in a real street fight, we want to remain standing.
    2) hip throws can set up arm bars
    3) when we clinch correctly, the options to headbutt, knee our opponents and throw them are more likely.
    4) the Gracies demonstrated the need to learn ground fighting

  33. Michael B April 4, 2019 at 7:34 am

    My biggest take away was the proper way to execute a headbutt and the option of a standing arm lock. With regards to the standing arm lock, I haven’t had the chance to try it on anyone yet but I have concerns about being able to hold my balance to finish the technique against a resisting opponent.

  34. Jose B C April 12, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Henry what I’ve learned from this week lesson is timing and options. Timing, of course always being prepared, is essential in defending ones self. Without it one can get hurt very quickly. Options, as I’ve seen in each unit, I can choose the way to hurt my opponent. Like striking the opponents knee with ones knee so he can move his leg and take the opportunity to throw him down and use the stand up arm bar etc…

    I have a question sir. How can I practice the techniques if I don’t have a practice partner? I did the week one with my daughter but she has no interest in practicing Jiu-Jitsu. What can I do. Thanks if you can answer my question.

  35. Dmitrii A April 15, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I hope more trainers can hear this talk. This is so true. Out of 10 scools, I visit in my city none apply this concept, this is so sad and frustrating.

  36. Dragon D April 22, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Biggest takeaway is with regards to execution of the hip throw (really need to be under opponent for leverage).

  37. Joshua F May 3, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Biggest takeaway: how to properly perform the headbutt

  38. Nathan E May 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Getting the proper base and positioning for the side clinch and hip throw execution were the biggest takeaways for me. I never thought of the side clinch as a good place to be and would always abandon it to go for a single leg or double under body lock takedown. The side clinch seems like an easier option to get to and offers great opportunities to deliver good strikes and set up a devastating throw.

  39. John B May 22, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    My biggest takeaway was learning how to do a proper forward roll, as I have not been doing it right for the past 12 years! Mind also blown by realizing the value of standing arm locks, and various situations in which I wouldn’t want to go to the ground.

  40. James L May 29, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    The easy access to head butts and knees from the clinch.

  41. Ron W July 6, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I loved the details on the hip throw, especially the footwork and bending the knee to drop the hips into position. My hip throw actually works now. Also love the teaching philosophy about progression.

  42. Robert C August 17, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I really liked the securing of the hold prior to the hip throw and the suggestion to gradually add resistance as students gain proficiency with the technique. Thank you!

  43. Robert W October 31, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    The biggest take away is how every new position is a progression from the previous one. We are able to continue to improve the previous position while learning the new one.

  44. Travis F November 14, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Up to this point what I am learning is stuff that I somewhat have known through class, but it’s in the minute details that I am writing down to help cement it in my brain to actually make the moves work. For things like foot placement, dropping your level, and target points for applying the pressures. This is really helping slow down the process in my brain from class.

  45. Miranda C December 18, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Loved the standing arm bar.

  46. Nathan A December 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    In MovNat we break down progressions into V.I.C. -Volume, Intensity, and Complexity. And there are sub-divisions in each category, too.

    • Brian Y May 22, 2020 at 4:12 am

      Hi Nathan. I noticed your comment here. I’m also a MovNat instructor. We are you located?

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