Using your head in BJJ
Using your head in BJJ is important in so many areas. First, your head is a heavy weight at the end of the longest lever of the human body. So learn to use it effectively. In addition, the average human head weighs just over ten pounds (around 4.5kg) and is positioned at the end of the longest lever in the human body, the spine. As such, it can be used to supply a surprising amount of weight in directions you need if used correctly. You can use your head position to nullify what could be a dangerous underhooks. Learning to use the placement of your own head and the displacement of your opponents head is a big part of what it means to maximize the nature of the human body to advantage. Ten pounds may not seem like much, but when it’s connected to a long lever it can get very heavy indeed as that lever gets lowered over your target. Think about connecting a ten pins dumbbell to a good sized stick and then holding the other end of the stick in your hand. As long as you keep the stick vertical it is quite manageable – but as soon as you lower the weighted end of that stick it quickly becomes a very heavy burden indeed! Here at Savarese BJJ (www.njbjj.com) we teach you to learn to use your head in similar ways and you can become a burden to even a very strong opponent in ways that can point you towards victory.