Centers of Power in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
There are 2 main centers of power in BJJ; THE FIRST IS THE HEAD, WHEREVER THE HEAD LOOKS THE BODY GOES. Want to take your opponent’s back? Make him look away from you! The second one is obviously the hips, THE HIPS THROUGH THE LEGS CAN CREATE POWERFUL MOVEMENTS such as the fundamental hip escape, bridge etc.
While there are other ways to control an opponent, CONTROLLING ONE OF THESE CENTERS OF POWER USUALLY MEANS GOOD CONTROL OF YOUR OPPONENT. A good example of this principle is using the crossface to control the half guard or from side mount. Good head control can inhibit your opponent’s movement and compensate for the lack of the underhook, which is the most important battle while in the half guard. Another good example is the leg drag; strong control of the hip with my entire body allows me to take away my opponent’s main power source and allows me to pass freely or continue to other desired techniques.
CONTROLLING BOTH CENTERS OF POWER MEANS TOTAL CONTROL OF THE OPPONENT. This is why positions such as back mount, mount and even the cradle are such a strong positions.
Knowing how to control these centers of power will greatly increase the success rate of your techniques. WHEN FEELING LOST DURING SPARRING WITH A HIGHER BELT OR SCRAMBLING IN UNKNOWN POSITIONS, SEARCHING TO CONTROL THESE CENTERS OF POWER WILL HELP FOCUS AND INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING THE SCRAMBLE.
A video explaining the leg drag focusing on how to correctly control the hips is coming next.
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