How to stop a control movement (video)

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Often times when working with students, I like to use physics to simply stop what they are doing…especially in controlling locks.

Many people think you have to fight your way out of a control lock in order to succeed…it’s either that, tap, or have something be injured or broken.

The reality is you don’t – lack of control allows a controlling lock to actually be more effective because it gives the mechanics of the lock a greater opportunity to be successful. It’s very similar to wanting to use a short seesaw to use an elephant. You have to use a very heavy object and an amount of force greater than that of the mass of the elephant in order to move the elephant.

Or a longer lever arm.  When we lack movement discipline, we give the opponent a longer arm – more mechanical advantaged.

In this example below, we look at the mechanics of a lever.







Now look at our new video on using physics to stop a control movement.

Or, copy and paste:

When we apply an equal opposing force to their force, we stop their ability to make the lever work.  Instead of fighting out of the hold, which gives the opponent a potential mechanical advantage over us – we instead have to neutralize the force they are applying to our body in order to stop the lever from being successful.

Using that video, try it out with friends – different levers, holds, techniques, post your own videos…and learn how you can stop control holds not by fighting the person, but by using physics against their hold.

Learn more about levers with our video, The Lever:


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