Ankle lock | Canon Digital Rebel XT, 17mm, 1/13 f8, ISO 400
For the past ten months I’ve been dabbling in no-gi jiujitsu to help improve my ground game. Having trained for so many years in a martial art (yongmudo) that packs practically everything into its curriculum, focusing on one area has been a nice change of pace. And yet I still feel like I’m floundering on the surface. Sure, working out without a uniform and in an informal environment took a little getting used to, but that’s nothing compared to the seemingly endless number of techniques I have yet to learn.
To supplement my physical workouts, I recently bought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Closed Guard by BJ Penn. I had Eddie Bravo’s Mastering the Rubber Guard in hand, too, but decided that my brain could only process so much information and probably couldn’t handle the goofy monikers Bravo gave his moves. Rather than devour all of Penn’s straightforward and clear instructions in one sitting, I’m digesting them slowly in hopes that something will stick. If I only had a photographic memory, a cooperative full-time partner, and more time to dedicate to this twisted art…
Here are some photos of other folks contorting themselves and/or defying gravity.
Submission, UC Yongmudo Championship, UC Berkeley | Canon 5D, 70mm, 1/200 f4, ISO 1250
Ssireum headplant, Yong In University, South Korea | Canon 5D, 73mm, 1/200 f4, ISO 800
Wushu flip, Chinese Martial Arts Tournament, UC Berkeley | Canon 5D, 50mm, 1/400 f2.8, ISO 1600
Yongmudo front flip (top) and dive roll (bottom), Yong In University, South Korea | Canon Digital Rebel XT, 24mm, 1/100 f6.3, ISO 400