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Jui Jitsu at Metro Fight Club with Coach Saul Soliz

The Art of Jui Jitsu

I am lucky to have the chance to learn Jui Jitsu from Coach Saul Soliz.  Jared is the usual coach.

A couple months ago, Coach Saul Soliz was giving Jui Jitsu classes for beginners right after the Saturday MMA Thai Boxing class.  I had the benefit of three of these classes.  Then I went on vacation and when I returned, these classes were not held anymore.

Jui Jitsu is a sequence of moves, using logic to maintain control.

I am starting my journey to learn all of the moves that I can to evade any move made by an opponent.  This opponent could even be a person that is attacking me, not a sport event.  Jui Jitsu started in Japan, now is popular in Brazil.  I need to read and learn more about the history of Jui Jitsu.  There is a lot of tradition associated with Jui Jitsu.

Last night there were three woman and a bunch of guys in the class.  The coach told us to pair up.  The two other women went together.  I was lucky to look at Jeff, the purple belt who helps with the class, and ask him to partner with me.  We started with the basic move.  Jeff sitting in my in my guard, I am on my back and Jeff is sitting in front of me, facing me.  I have my legs wrapped around him with my feet crossed.  Jeff is bending forward with his hands on the ground.  The first exercise roll onto my left elbow and reach with my right hand behind Jeff’s back and touch his belt, then I move to my right elbow, reach behind his back with my left hand and touch his belt on his lower left back.  We do this for a timed one minute.  But I swear it was two minutes.  I think the coach was playing a trick on us.  Great core work.

The beauty of a class with Coach Saul Soliz is everything is a sequence.  The first move, reaching behind the opponents back while he is in my guard, is the beginning of the second move taught.  The second move the opponent starts with his hands on my hips.  I bump up my hips a little and on the way down, I remove his hands from my hips and his hands hit the ground on either side of me.  Bumping up my hips just a little gives space for me to displace his hands.  Then I lean on my left elbow, reach around with my right arm, grab his right hand with my right hand, put his hand behind his back and grab my right wrist with my left hand.  Kimora.  To make it hurt, move the opponent’s arm away from his back, torque it.

After Coach shows us a move, then we practice it endlessly, or it seems like endlessly.  about 5 minutes each.  Which means we each do the move at least 20 times.  It gets ingrained in your head after you practice it many times in a row.  perfecting it.  Figuring out exactly what you are doing right and what you need to improve.

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