I think every blog takes a shot at providing some basic tips for beginners. This is mine.
- Tap early, tap often – you have places to be tomorrow; there’s no sense in getting injured because you refuse to tap.
- Relax – the number one way to get hurt or to hurt a partner is to spaz out. Just relax. Whatever will happen will happen.
- Frame, don’t push – pushing using a limb (straightening an arm or leg to make space) almost always sets your partner up for a submission. It’s generally better to make a solid frame with your limb and move from your core to make the space.
- Pray – if you’re ever unsure what to do in a given position, it’s pretty safe to put your hands together palm-to-palm and your elbows to your ribs. It won’t give you the escape, but it’s one of the best starting points for basic escapes and to defend against submissions.
- Shoulders and hips work together – if your hips are facing one way and your shoulders another you won’t have a lot of core strength to use. Try to keep them facing the same way.
- Turn in – it’s counterintuitive at first, but turning away from the submission or pin generally makes it worse; you just add additional pressure. Most of the time you’re going to want to turn towards your partner which means going in against the submission or pin to get out.
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