Training with the Gi for Self Defense

Today, the third and final installment of my Q and A with Nik posts.  The final topic of conversation is the importance of the gi to BJJ and how it’s relevant even for JKD or self defense oriented grapplers.

Check it out below:

Martial Conversations with Sifu Nik

This past week, I sat down with Sifu Nik of the Xtreme Training Academy, a Jeet Kune Do facility in Bartlett, to talk about jiu jitsu and it’s application in JKD and self defense.  Specifically, he wanted to ask some questions about using BJJ to deal with certain problems that one might face when defending one’s self.

For those that don’t know, JKD is a concept and style developed by the late Bruce Lee and advanced in the last few decades by several high level practitioners.  It’s an eclectic art that is always looking for answers to about any combat questions you could ask from anyone that has answers.  It’s this mindset that has really expanded it and made members of it’s practice very formidable individuals.

Nik’s first question deals with grappling the strong, fast, and athletic individual.  Here were my thoughts:


Ball and Chain Sweep

This week, we drilled the theme of sweeping from the guard.  Most of our work was done from the closed guard, but we also took the opportunity to move through the Spider Guard from last week and then onto new material.  Our final sweep of the week was the Ball and Chain.  Below is the link to check out our recap on it.

Just as important as the sweep is the positional control as we move through positions.  Don’t phone in the early phases of this. The motions of moving from the scissor sweep to this are so important in the development of your game.


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