Suplexing (diary entry)



Having previously covered anti-grappling for MMA last lesson with my client, I decided that we would start looking at tactics for engaging in grappling. We used wrestling/stand-up grappling as a base for tonight’s training. After warming up with some wrestling-based calisthenics we did some grip working, focusing on the upper/mid-line.


We began with wrist grip holds and breakaways, beginning as a drill and then as a form of specific sparring. This was then done with bulling/neck-wrestling and then with pummelling/under-hooking. Next we moved onto taking the back sparring, which would lead us onto the first technique of the lesson: the belly-to-back suplex. This powerful technique deserved to come under the heading “slam” rather than “throw” given its explosive nature. Slams are banned from most submission grappling competitions, but they have earned a huge amount of respect and fear in the world of MMA fighting. They are a mainstay of Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling.


I deconstructed the move, beginning by having my client perform a simple shoulder bridge. He then rolled from a sitting position into a bridge. Next he went from a low squatting position into a bridge, breaking his fall at the same time. Finally he went from a full standing position into the shoulder bridge/break fall. We then ran the same procedure whilst holding a training partner. Here he couldn’t break fall, but understood the importance of staying compact with a tight waist-lock.


Next we drilled taking the back in order attain the back suplex and the second technique of the night, the belly-to-belly suplex. Finally we revised the cover, which allows the fighter to close the distance against a striker and achieve the techniques.


Picture from this excellent article “How to Suplex” from iSport.Com

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