Weight Application: Part 1


My instructors used to tell me to put my weight on my partner. I thought I was doing exactly this but still I couldn’t seem to shut them down effectively. Over time, these thoughts occurred to me:

- I have a limited amount of weight to use
- That weight has to be somewhere
- Where, exactly was my weight, at any given moment?
- I noticed that much of it was dispersed on the mat itself
- If I took it off the mat it had to go somewhere
- And that ‘somewhere’ was in fact, onto my training partner

So there you have the first, most basic principle of Weight Application that there is. The more of your weight that you take off the floor, the more of it will ‘pour’ onto your opponent. And every ounce counts! There’s a T-shirt right there! EVERY OUNCE COUNTS! Look for your weight, you will find it on your elbows, on your knees, your feet, etc – try to get it off these ‘support points’ and it will flow onto your partner. When I began thinking in terms of getting my weight off the floor, rather than putting it on my partner, I became far more effective. Begin then, by asking yourself, where your weight actually is – at any given moment. Please pay attention to these few blogs, even through they may seem somewhat obvious ... I guarantee gains.
Best wishes all


Anonymous said…
I like the thinking, I'm trying it out tonight.
Matt Klein said…
I'm not an expert groundfighter, more of a stand-up kenpo fighter, but am I right in assuming that by putting your weight on your opponent, it will wear him out quicker?
Anonymous said…
i think eddie bravo would wear that shirt
Anonymous said…
Simple but effective. I love it.

The "Avoid windscreen damage" comment is a classic.

JBW said…
applying your weight properly to your opponent will not only tire him out morte quickly, it can shut him down to the point where you can do almost anything you want to him. it's about controlling his ability to even move.
Matt Klein said…
Thanks John, never thought about it that way. You are controlling all his limbs by the effort he is putting forth to get you off him if I read you correctly. Still have a lot to learn.
Anonymous said…
If I get it right, more effective weight application is - among others - a result of minimizing ‘support points’.

Is it safe to say that improved posture/balance is a requirement to improve ones use of weight?

Or will the strife for efficient weight usage eventually improve balance as well?

Regards from Germany,

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