Year End Ask Me Anything Q&A 2017

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  1. Mac W December 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Hey Henry, Earlier this year, there was a video floating around that appeared to be you in a hotel room going over a concept about armbar defense from sidemount. You were disconnecting your elbow from your partner, and driving your elbow away from them, without using any grips. I started using this with great success, as it seemed that most people would abandon the submission attempt, as it feels as though the submission is no longer available to them. I am curious as to whether or not this concept has evolved into new applications, or areas. I have started to try and approach all submission attempts with the idea of disconnecting first, and seeing what happens when space is made available, but I wanted to see if you had made anymore breakthroughs with the concept specifically.

  2. Corey M December 28, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for everything Henry! Time does fly. I would like to see a video on the hidden details of the gift wrap

  3. Richard A December 29, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Hoping this is the right space to write questions for the end of year bonus Q&A……

    What is your strategy to defending and escaping under knee on stomach?

  4. Jeff W December 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm


    Can you share a preliminary approach to weight distribution from turtle top that prevents guard recovery, sit-outs, and rolls. Thanks!

  5. Jorge S December 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Hello Henry,

    My question deals with Module 4 Unit 10. This deals with the stiff arm defence to the closed guard choke. I am concerned that when you apply the stiff arm,the adversery pushes you away with his legs as he trying to choke you. His legs can generate a lot of power. But will gravity help you drive the stiff arm down on to the opponent. I tried this and it seem to work best if I was fully committed to pushing down before they had time to use their legs. Does it boil down to this?

  6. David L December 29, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    When on the knees and under your opponent in turtle, you mentioned that you do not worry about defending the neck unless your opponent is attacking the neck. Could you demonstrate this concept? Do you not have to worry about getting choked while your opponent is also on his knees because he cannot get the angle needed to finish the choke? For example if going for a guillotine typically you see some kind of guard pull or for a D’arce they must roll? Are you pretty much safe from chokes and just have to worry about the angle they try to pull you to finish the choke? Thanks!

  7. Taku I December 29, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Hi professor Henry.

    I have a question about how to stop the second leg from coming up to stand.

    I’m doing to put my weight on his leg but I don’t feel it’s heavy.

    How can I use my weight here?

  8. Jan G December 30, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Hello Henry,

    I have problems with performing the omoplata, as I have really long legs. It’s always the same either I hit Uke on the Head with my Ankle or Uke Escapes (rolling forward or else).Can You Show how you do the Omoplata

    Thanks a lot for changing my view of Jiu Jitsu…wish you a happy new year

  9. Jimmy C December 30, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Hi Henry,

    Aside from controlling the opponent’s near-side leg when applying the armbar, are there other options for preventing the opponent from doing the “hitch-hiker” escape? Also, can you please show the details on how to correctly execute the clock-choke from Turtle-top? Thanks and happy new year!

  10. Jody C December 30, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Hi Henry. Could you please show your approach from the triangle setup position. Particularly to avoid getting stacked / passed. Even framing against the knee do always work for me. Any tip would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all your help, happy new year.

  11. Harald O December 30, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Hi Henry,

    Can you please talk about the arm-in-guillotine – I’ve read so many different ideas and approaches to it but I still rarely manage to finish it.

    Thanks&Happy new year

  12. John W December 30, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Hi Henry,

    Can you show an escape from the crucifix? Also could you go over trapping the arm and rolling your opponent over when in turtle? Sometimes I have problems doing this when the guy sprawls on top of me. Maybe when I can’t get it to work I don’t have the right angle? Also, when I go for it they shift their weight as to not be taken over and that creates problems for me as I get stuck. Thanks!

  13. Bobby H December 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Henry, I saw a flow chart online of Rickson’s game which showed that it all revolved around the Mount position, what I’d like to know is how similar is your game to Rickson’s and is having an overall stategy of obtaining Mount the best overall plan for our Jiu Jitsu or would you say it depends o situation and what positions your most profficient at? Many thanks.

  14. Eric M December 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I would love to simply see you, Henry, roll with students both in positional and freestyle form. …not fast or hard… SLOW would be great! I think the benefit would be this…I have all the stuff you have put out. It will take me years to get it all down. But it would help to see you flowing from technique to technique just to sort of see the routes and your movement (joining up the individual techniques). I am not suggesting that you try to cover everything you teach. Even little pieces of joined up material would be great. Whether you did or did not do this, I have more than enough to study for quite some time! Many thanks…E

  15. frank s December 30, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Henry, can you go over how you deal with strikes from the bottom of cross side, you mention some adjustments you make with the under hook escape to your knees when strikes are involved. Thanks, Happy New Year to all.

  16. Keegan Y December 30, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    One more vote for Eric’s request above to see you live Roll (even if it’s Positional Rolling). Watching you find and execute your Scissor Sweep in the Scissor Sweep and Scissor Sweep with one leg up Q&A’s was extremely helpful in showing me when and how you apply it in real time and has helped my success rate tremendously. I have no doubt watching you roll live while looking for Submissions would be equally beneficial.

    As far as specific techniques or positions go, could you show how you disconnect from your opponent to prevent them from effectively using their Bump/Umpa to off balance you (and escape the Choke) while applying the Head and Arm Choke from Mount?

    Thanks for the amazing year of Jiu-Jitsu mentoring and sharing your knowledge with us! Happy New Year!

  17. Eric S December 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Henry, Thanks so much for this Q&A!

    When we have lost the underhook from underneath cross side or half guard, do you have any advice on how best to safely recover it? In the cross side scenario, this is assuming we are not having luck with a backdoor-style escape.

    Additionally, as a bit of a follow-up to Keegan’s question, do you have any guidance on preventing a bump/armpit push type of escape when we attack with the Americana from mount or cross side? I understand that we are supposed to look up and away to kill the effectiveness of the bump, but I have not quite figured out the proper weight distribution/leverage to make that work yet; my partners are still able to bump me off balance by pushing into my armpit.

    Thanks again for all you have done for us! I hope you have a very happy New Year!

  18. Jeffrey S December 31, 2017 at 3:44 am

    It seems I’m not the only one interested in watching a live Henry roll…add me to the list…lol

  19. Neal W December 31, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Hi Henry,

    In a jiu-jitsu mag video you showed an example of connection from standing when pushed. When you weren’t connected you got pushed back, and when connected you were solid. What was the difference?

    Thanks for a great year of bjj and have happy new year.

    • zamy y January 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Henry,

      It seems I’m not the only one interested in “Connection”, i try to launch a topic on the “Henry Ankins Hidden Jiu Jistus” page about it five days ago. But you haven’t reply it so far.

      I konw it’s a complex topic but could you tell us more about it and how to develop this skills?

  20. Francisco J December 31, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hello Henry. My question is about passing the half guard. As I am a small person, sometimes I am not able to get the elbow behind uke’s neck as you showed in your half guard module. So, sometimes I use cross face or a near side under hook to control Uke body. So do you have any advice or way to position yourself if you are not able to place your elbow behing opponent’s neck?

  21. jesper s December 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Henry!

    Could you cover the double underhook pass (and the over/under pass) with some hidden details? Also could you cover how to go from open guard to closed in an effective way, sometimes its hard to put a good black belt in closed guard.

    Happy new year!☺️

  22. Randy J December 31, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Hello Henry
    Would you please cover your preferred defenses to the north-south choke?
    Thanks and happy new year!!

  23. Taku I December 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Hi professor.

    When I collapse the knee shield with under hook my opponent get the over hook and he shifts the angle and gets triangle.

    How can I prevent it?

  24. Alexis d January 1, 2018 at 2:47 am

    One more vote for live sparring. Many other sites (MGinAction, Roger Gracie TV…) have sparring videos.
    And we can learn a lot from it!

  25. John B January 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Hi Henry, when i’m doing positional training from open guard I sometimes lay flat and offer my feet to practice the grip breaks you show. However there are some really quick guys that will control a foot and then leg drag before I can break the grip. What do you think is the best way to deal with the leg drag in this situation?

  26. James B January 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    What are your favorite grips to establish a connection or guard ? From open guard people avoid me or run away pretty often I know I could stand up and chase but I’d like to know your favorite grips to suck people in.

  27. Kevin D January 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Henry. Thanks for all of the game game changing material you’ve posted over the last year and in your modules. I’ve made huge leaps in performance! Could you tell me what you do from underneath when your opponent is passing through the legs and has managed to get so high that their chest is over your face and keeping you flat. Thank you!

  28. Carl C January 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Hey Henry,

    Can u show the escspe for the oma plata??
    I have your escapes course, the problem i have is when i go to the pillow position or take a nap like u say, the problem happens when my instructor goes to mount i try to reverse shrimp then i get mounted and i cant get my arm loose. Do u have any ideas?? Thx Man,Great courses Carl

  29. Jan G January 5, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Maybe you can show us your single and double leg takedown

  30. Juan M January 6, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Greetings. Thank you very much… I have learned and improved significantly, since this approach is gluing all my training together.

    My questions are the following:
    Do you have a list of the most important concepts and principles in your Jiujitsu?
    What would be the concepts and principles you expect your blue belts to master, perform and work on? The same for purple, brown and Black belts?

    I have a partial list that I’ve gathered from the modules and such for each position, but I wanted to see if you have it in a more digested manner.

  31. Mohamad H January 6, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Hey Henry!
    What are your thoughts on the current leglock dominance?
    Will you be delving into leglocks in the future besides the great heel hook escape &
    Matt’s footlook you already put out.

  32. Max L January 6, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Henry,

    I’ve been having a lot of success breaking people’s posture from closed guard. However, one particular guard break has been giving me trouble lately. It starts off with my opponent grabbing my belt with both hands (palms down) and shoving the knot up towards my sternum. His arms are locked out. From there he will do a basic knee behind the butt guard break from the knees, keeping one arm stiff and the other pressing the legs. I find it hard to break the grip by going underneath because of the grip the he has on the belt. The arm bar doesn’t quite feel there either. It’s very frustrating because it goes against the concept of being able to break an opponent down if they put weight on you. Im sure I’m missing something simple.

    Thank you!

  33. Stamatios T January 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Henry and happy new year!
    How do you pass the deep half guard?

  34. Charlie V January 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Henry ! How do we stop the back step when you on bottom side control and driving up with under hook. I find the back step quickly and it kills me grabbing the leg on getting top position

  35. Jan W January 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Hello Henry and a happy new year!

    I have a question concerning the closed guard. When I have an opponent in my closed guard they often put their hands on my chest or stomach while leaving their elbows on the ground or close to it outside my hips. As they are very low, their posture is technically broken but I still have great problems attacking as their elbows stop my hips from moving while at the same time making arm drags nearly impossible.

    Is there a way to attack other than waiting for them to leave this position and attack when they try to open the guard or provoke a move by trying to choke which is also difficult as their hands are in front of their face/neck?

    Thank you and keep up the great work!


  36. Jan W February 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Hello Henry,

    one further question. In closed guard are you always squeezing your knees? What are your points of connecting when pulling with the knee vs. kicking?



  37. Daniel M February 11, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Dear Henry,

    I have a question about the upa.
    During rolling it is often impossible to move your head out of the way and look at 1 o’clock, because the opponent distributes his weight accordingly or blocks the head. Do you even try the upa with a switch to the elbow-knee escape already in mind, because you have to bridge more or less to 3 o’clock instead bridging to 1:00 or 1:30 o’clock, or do you use a different approach? I find it very difficult to make the upa-escape work against knowledgeable opponents, even with all your material meticulously studied and 6 years practice.

    Thanks in advance and greetings from Germany,
    Daniel Meyer

  38. Daniel M March 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Dear Henry,

    I have a second question.


    Module_1_Chokes – Annapolis Maryland Garfield MMA

    you demonstrated the bow-and-arrow-choke from the back and mentioned the importance of the grip. Instead of gripping with all fingers you just use 2 to connect the wrist to the neck. I have two points there

    a) Your fingers are exposed for the opponent to grab on if they are not “hidden” in the gi. How do you deal with this problem?

    b) The gi is the choking part in the bow-and-arrow-choke, not the wrist. Is the risk of getting your fingers twisted – see a) – worth the better connection with the neck? In my understanding the relaxed arm and the shoulder that pulls back as well as a lack of slack in the gi to start with are the most important parts of the choke.

    Thanks in advance and greetings from Germany,
    Daniel Meyer

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