My training partner Toni and I have been thinking a lot about the stance we are going to use in wrestling and jiu jitsu. Usually in wrestling they have their strong foot forward but I think I'll be using my left foot forward instead. This is not wrong per say, because I know that wrestlers who switch to mma often will learn to use the weak foot forward stance to have a better stance for boxing.
My thought work so far is as follows:
- When no grips are in place, assume a staggered fairly low stance (one foot forward, one back) putting your left foot forward
- Keep your left arm on top of your left leg to protect against takedowns on that leg
- Keep your right hand up and looking for the opponent's arm or neck
- If you get a control of the neck (clinch), try to control the biceps with the other arm. Often in jiu jitsu the arm just gripping below the elbow which I think ruins your control of the inside space.
- When you have control of the neck I should try to have the leg on that side forward
- When you are clinching with neck control, do not put your head on the other guys shoulder. You can even go forehead to forehead. If you're clinching with an underhook, I don't think putting your head on his shoulder can be avoided