Lemme tell you about the perils of soul crushing shoulder pressure.
Back when I was coming up, there was a black belt (and he’s still around) who was infamous for his ability to put people to sleep with shoulder pressure alone. And he wasn’t no big and brawny dude either. In fact, if you saw him on the streets, you’d probably wouldn’t think he was much of a threat.
But he had figured out how to exert maximum amounts of force on the chin with his shoulder.
‘Tis how he controlled and dominated bigger guys (including me).
When that shoulder drops on you in just the right way. It’s horrible. You can’t bridge. You can’t move. And sometimes, if they’re really good, the choke just starts creeping up on you.
It’s such a helpless feeling.
And yesterday, one of my students experienced its peril.
At the IBJJF Open in DC, he faced some stiff competition, and the guy passed him twice in the same exact way. He got to the head, latched on to the lat, and dropped the shoulder with vicious precision before long stepping to the pass.
When you run into that guy that has that pressure, it doesn’t matter how heavy he is either.
(Hell, there’s even some guys walking around at 125 that can make you feel like a mountain dropped on you.)
That pressure is definitely something that you can’t grin and bear.
Something has to be done about it.
So next week, a new lesson will be added to the micro adjustments course that focuses entirely on what I do neutralize soul crushing shoulder pressure from many different situations.
There are some stupid simple answers to the problem.
Things that aren’t commonly taught because they’re not flashy. Nothing that would make you go oooh and ahhh (unless you’re a nerd about the game).
For now though, another lesson has been locked and loaded.
It’s a breakdown of the win conditions for executing the 50/50 ankle lock, and you can learn it now if you so wish.
Here’s the link: