I made many times the observation when using the “Trap and Roll”-Technic, the practitioner forgets a) that his opponent can punch / strike at ANY time during the complete scenario and b) that practitioners using the second (free) hand instead to protect themselves from strikes to their own face, to use it to lift-up or push the attacker…
In b) the problem is, that practitioners of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu MUST learn to use LEVERAGE and not muscle or power strength… with the correct use of the UPA (hip lift) you will be able to roll any heavier opponent… also use TIMING for your UPA and make sure when you lift up your opponent that all the weight of the attacker is over your own head… make sure also to turn on your shoulder and not arm, …put your head to the site – in this way is well protected and the roll will be 100% successful…
When you end up in the Guard position, keep protecting yourself from STRIKES… your opponent is still there!! Now keep up your head and your chest. Use your hands against his biceps and get ready to put one knee between his legs, to end up in a standing position… and get out there safe without ANY time losing the control over the COMPLETE scenario… remember this is a SELF-PROTECTION technic and you are not in a sportif BJJ match! Safety first always my friend!
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