This week in class we studied a match from Professor Bruno Frazatto at the 2008 World Championship. Professor Bruno is a world-class Jiu Jitsu player with a dynamic style. For this reason, his match is a great example of applying different strategies to efficiently control and submit his opponent.
Many of the strategies we studied in this match are directly relevant to the concepts and techniques we’ve been learning during our online classes. The GAP concept was clear to see as Prof. Bruno continually controlled the space between him and his opponent with his grips, angles, and positional control. Another concept we saw him applying was the idea of changing levels; from the bottom, he switched between controlling his opponent’s arms to controlling the legs, and from the top, he transitioned from standing to knees on the ground and vice versa to “change the rules” and force his opponent’s hand. We also saw great use of the half guard or “half-pass” position when Prof. Bruno swept his opponent and locked him down to maintain top control.