Dan Faggella is a Multi-Time BJJ Champion, #1 Best Selling Author & Highly Popular Online BJJ Instructor/Trainer.
There are so many little ways one can alter their grappling game that it’s mind boggling. Slight adjustments could be the reason you add a brand new dimension to your game, and take you to the next level.
One such adjustment is the approach that Matt Arroyo loves to employ is the shoulder pressure approach.
A simple yet super effective technique, the shoulder pressure approach offers plenty of opportunities to round out your game while becoming a much more effective grappler that can score a win at the blink of an eye.
Ideally you can use shoulder pressure from a few different positions. The common factor that plays into all of these is being on top and in the dominant position. By using the top position, this allows you to utilize your body weight as a weapon and it adds much more force to the situation. It’s basic physics.
"Shoulder pressure is huge," Arroyo shared with me.
When a grappler utilizes the shoulder pressure approach properly, you all of a sudden have a new offensive approach to use that doesn’t cost you much energy, if any at all!
Properly placing the shoulder can cause severe pain for your opponent. Imagine you are rolling and someone traps you under side control and begins to alter their body so that their shoulder is driving into your jaw bone. Unable to escape, you may end up tapping and it isn’t even a real submission technique!
Be if from mount, side control or even in half guard, the use of the shoulder to exert pressure is something that will make your opponent very uncomfortable, which leads to you having many more opportunities.
Rob Kahn demonstrates a method of shoulder pressure application that is very workable into any fight.
The Benefits Of Implementing Shoulder Pressure Into Your Game
As Arroyo had pointed out, shoulder pressure can turn into a very sneaky and useful offensive weapon that could lead to submission victories, but it also fantastic to use in terms of a strategy based approach.
Once you apply the pressure, it won’t take long for your opponent to want no part of the scenario, and they will try frantically to get out of the position. Matt points out that this will likely leave them abandoning their approach as they try to get out from the hold.
It doesn’t take an experience vet to know that once your opponent begins to panic, their entire approach becomes compromised and this will open up opportunities for you to strike and impose your offensive will.
Also, if you’re economical with your energy, this position allows you to rest while exerting little to no energy!
There is clear benefits to adding the shoulder pressure approach to your game, just ask Matt!
"I’ve been doing the shoulder pressure from 2005 to now," Arroyo shared. "It’s key."
If it’s key for a black belt such as Matt Arroyo, then safe to say it could be a key approach for almost any grappler out there.
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