Strength Against Strength

Last week in Jiu-Jitsu class, my coach was teaching the armdrag, a fundamental off-balancing technique.

I’ve never been good at the armdrag. I have small hands which makes it difficult for me to get a solid grip. It also doesn’t help that I’m usually weaker than my opponent as well.

When I told my coach this, he said, “Being a smaller guy, you can’t use strength against strength. If you try to force it, you’ll lose. Use their momentum against them. Push and they’ll push back. Then hit the armdrag.”