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25. Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter #2 – There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly. November 17, 2008

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Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter #2 -There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly.

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There is an old phrase that goes:

‘Neither use, nor ornament’ – that is used to describe something as having no functional use or aesthetic qualities.

Now what Chris Haueter plus Darren and Helen Currie have taught me is the importance – grips, hooks, positions etc have in being both useful and also ornamental (Technically sound).

Well kind of, it boils down to the fact that there is a big difference between having something and actually using it.

For example if you take a collar grip – all you’re doing is holding a bit of cloth but when you start to use it – say pull, push, twist, turn it, all of a sudden it has value and use.

The same can be said for a butterfly hook. If it’s just there there flopping around in the wind doing nothing are you going to be able to sweep someone, track your partners movements or stop a guard pass? If on the other hand you’re flexing your foot, applying pressure with your shin etc then being able lift, carry, drag, disrupt and move someone is a lot easier.

Whether you’re new to BJJ and grappling or an old hat, this concept is important and can be overlooked. For the newer grapplers this idea should put you in good stead and for the veterans out there it’s a useful reminder to tighten up your game and technicality.

So next time you insert a butterfly hook, take a grip or buy an Abtronic 3000 make sure it’s not just for ornamental use and you’re exploiting the full functionality of it. (Except the Abtronic 3000, bin it and play more guard)

Below are a few videos to help illustrate this idea:

Chris Haueter – Push – Pull drag to Sweep

Chris Haueter – Push – Pull theory with variations

Chris Haueter – Push – Pull theory to stand up out of guard

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