Matt Baker is a second-degree black belt under Jean Jacque Machado. Over the years, he’s been developing what he calls Trujitsu. According to Matt, it is a foundation of basic rules and concepts that anyone can use, but they’re typically best suited for those of us that aren’t the most athletic or most agile grapplers on the mat. The rules and concepts that he employs in Trujitsu have been observed and documented after competing and referring thousands of matches over his career, both as a competitor and as a referee.
Now, let’s say that your opponent is putting all their eggs in the “defending the arm” basket. That means that their upper body is going to be completely rigid and that they’re going to do whatever it takes to keep you from breaking any limbs loose. That’s okay.
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There are a ton of different ways that you might find your opponent turtled up. Maybe they sprawled to defend a takedown, they went to turtle to avoid giving up points on a sweep, or maybe it’s at the end of a scramble. No matter the reason, when your opponent is turtled up on you, it’s a perfect...
If the person turtled up is defending everything and you can’t force the position, you sometimes have to bait. In this technique, Matt’s going to use some pressure and discomfort to get Mike to give up some space.
- Issue 43